The Pu’uhonua O Waianae homeless camp in Waianae, Hawaii, was showered with the blessings of aloha on Nov. 13, 2019.
The day was World Kindness Day, and associates at Ka Punawai Ola in Kapolei, Hawaii, took the challenge to collect bottled water for their neighbors in need. As Life Care Centers of America’s nursing and rehab centers around the country held similar drives, associates in all departments did their part.
Ka Punawai Ola collected 55,465.8 ounces of water, donated by associates, residents, family and a few community partners, including Aloha Imaging, Islands Hospice and Navien Hawaii.
“I am delighted that Pu’uhonua O Waianae was chosen as the recipient for this year’s World Kindness Day water bottle donations,” said Celine Ferreira, admissions and marketing director, as well as kindness ambassador at the facility. “Pu’uhonua, which means ‘place of refuge,’ is a homeless encampment on the Waianae coast with about 200 individuals, which includes children and elderly. I personally have visited the friendly faces at this encampment and have seen their everyday struggles, which includes clean drinking water. I can only imagine the smiles and giggles as the truck and van filled with cases of water were being delivered to the families in need. Bless the hearts of all who donated and participated to make this happen.”