It’s been less than 24 hours since yesterday’s false alarm that lasted 38 minutes and has shaken our community and state to the core. People who know me or have read these blogs before know that this is how I process, I write. Like everyone, a lot has gone through my mind in the past 24 hours, regarding the safety and well being of my family and our community. At 8:08 AM on Saturday morning an Emergency Alert came on the phones in our house read the following message: Emergency Alert: BALLISTIC MISSLE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII, SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER….
Mahalo nui loa to Roy’s Hawaii and the Hawaii Food & Wine Festival for 20 years of support for early childhood development in Maui County. Your commitment to our community and support of Imua Family Services has empowered thousands of island keiki and families to overcome developmental learning challenges and to move forward! It's been 20-years friends! I am so grateful for everyone that has been involved every year, every step of the way. Here's to the next 20! 🍻 #HFWF17RoysGolf #HFWF17 A post shared by Roy Yamaguchi (@chefroyyamaguchi) on Oct 22, 2017 at 12:15pm PDT
An Imua Autism Success Story Stephanie, Mother of Ethan (5 years old) shares her story: I always wanted to be a parent – this was my prayer. Ethan started out doing everything, walking, talking, sounding out words, then all of a sudden that stopped, I mean nothing! I told doctor about that and she said, “Let’s get him evaluated,” and that is how it all started. Ethan stopped making eye contact, he stopped giving any signs of affection, it was a complete change because he had all of that as a baby, all this started to change around 18 months. Then…
It’s been a rough couple of weeks on the global front, and to say Houston “we have a problem,” would be an understatement. Floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, monsoons, typhoons and torrential rains are in our news feeds every day. The floods in Southeast Asia have killed thousands with millions being forced from their homes. In India over 30 million people have been flooded out of their homes. These global disasters could happen anywhere and as they say, “by the grace of God,” we are spared, at least for the time being. Living on an island in the middle of the Pacific,…
Aliyah, a young child whose family recently experienced a tragic loss due to the suicide of her father, was the recipient of a special “dream day” aimed at restoring some sense of normalcy to her life while also honoring the deep sense of pride and connection she feels to her Native Hawaiian culture. Aliyah’s “Moana”-themed Dream Day was featured in The Maui News, allowing her story to reach many others. This news then inspired the members of the Lahaina Rotary Club to initiate their own significant fundraising efforts to directly support Aliyah’s family.
When our son Tino arrived, we did incredibly well at not exposing him to “screen time” and electronics. The first year was a natural breeze, year two pretty easy, he didn’t know about it and was fully occupied just being a growing, playing toddler. At age three we introduced things like Sesame Street and the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse. At that time he was verbal and so this did really inspire his vocabulary even more. We even introduced ABC.com for some additional interactive learning. At age four we found he greatly enjoyed going to the movie theater and watching feature…
Since 1976, Camp Imua has helped children with special needs to experience an overnight camp experience. With support of many local businesses, organizations and individuals and with the help of volunteer caregivers, campers enjoy a number of fun activities that make it the Happiest Place on Maui!
Highlights from the 2017 BLUESMITHS Paddle Imua Race. This year 210 athletes joined in to raise funds for Camp Imua and made it the most successful event yet!
Today was the last Parent-Teacher conference we would have at our son’s preschool as he finishes up his three years in preschool, ready to move on to Kindergarten. As we sat down with the teacher she opened up his portfolio, which began in August of 2014, when he was then three years old. At first glance I was suddenly flooded with memories of bringing him to preschool for the first time. I remember the agony that went into our decision making around which preschool he would attend and comparing the few options that were available to us at the time….
Paddle Imua is an exciting annual multiple-discipline paddle race that supports Camp Imua, a week-long recreational camp experience for special needs children ages 6-16 years. Paddle Imua brings the ocean sports community together to celebrate the lives of special needs children by embracing our connection to the ocean.