Posts Tagged ‘imua family services’

Father of AHHHS – The “F” Word

My four year old son Valentino is quite articulate – we have never spoken to him in “baby talk” or “simple talk” – we speak to him as a thinking individual, and he responds to us in the same manner. It doesn’t mean that he does not say the darndest things – in fact the most mileage I get from my Facebook posts are often my “Conversations with Tino.” Most recently our conversations are not only getting deeper, they are getting more complicated and more diverse. One conversation I was not expecting to have at four years old was the…

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Father of AHHHS – Why do I exist?

A moment that nearly caused me to fall flat on my ass and gasp, was when my four and a half year old asked me, “Daddy, what is my purpose in life?”  The conversation that followed went something like this; Daddy: What do you mean Valentino? Tino: Well you help all those children, and you get to be the boss. Daddy: Um, okay, I guess. Tino: Papa gets to teach kids to dance. Daddy: Yup. Tino: What can I do when I grow up?  Can I be a Fire Fighter? Daddy: Tino when you grow up you can do or…

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Father of AHHHS: Stage Dads

  One of my clearest early childhood memories was the first time I performed on stage in front of an audience. I am sure it was the same experience for many children, and the cast of children I was with shared this first experience with me as well. I was a bumble bee in my first dance recital. Yes, as soon as I was able, I was enrolled in dance classes as a child. I remember my bulbous bee butt costume of big yellow and black stripes, and what I loved most about the costume were my cellophane wings. (Suddenly…

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#ImuaBall + Ocean Vodka

Can you explain the mission behind Ocean Vodka? The mission behind Ocean Vodka is to create superior organic, value-added agricultural product from Hawaii that supports the local economy, competes globally based on quality and raises awareness for ocean conservation. Why is it important for Ocean Vodka to support families with children in need? It is important to for Ocean Vodka to support families with children in need because our families are the foundation of our community. Can you tell us what inspired you to partner with Imua Family Services? Ocean Vodka was inspired to work with Imua Family Services because of…

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Imua Talks: Special Education

Dean Wong talks with Dr. Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo about Early Childhood Development and Special Education.

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FATHER OF AHHHS: Just Breathe.

The first words I heard this morning were “Happy Birthday Daddy!” The first thought that went through my mind was “Oh for Crap’s Sake!” however my outside voices responded appropriately with “thank you sweetheart, give me a big kiss.” For as long as I can remember looking back I have loathed and resented celebrating my birthday. It has always been among the top worst days of my year, something I dread rather than anticipate. I have always admired people who boldly celebrate themselves and their birthdays, throwing big parties and truly happy to be there. Nothing would scare the hell…

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Imua Early Childhood Series on Living 808: Special Instruction

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Father of AHHHS: Picture Perfect

It occurred to me that not a day goes by when I don’t pull out my phone and snap a photo of my son. Sometimes it’s because he is doing something that boggles my mind, something I didn’t expect, or something profoundly moving for me. Often I am simply trying to capture a moment in time either for the sake of his future memories or mine. I am constantly bewildered by the fact that he is growing so fast before my eyes that some days it feels that I am losing my baby boy. In the age of Facebook, Twitter,…

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Imua Talks: Dramatic Play

Imua Preschool Teacher Gemma Medina talks with Dean Wong on the benefits of Dramatic Play and it’s role at the Imua Preschool.

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Imua Talks: Autism

Dean Wong talks with with Dr. Ruth Ballinger on Luke’s Law, Autism and the creation of Imua Autism Services.

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