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With June in full swing, and summer officially starting next week, we’re wishing all of our readers a warm and sunshine-filled season! In addition to the kick-off to summer, we’re honoring LGBTQ+ Pride Month and the many contributions and progress made by the LGBTQ+ community. Take a look at what’s new this month at Easterseals Hawaii...

Please reach out to us at [email protected] with questions.

Early Intervention (EI)

"Helping us grow together as a mom and baby."

My Mahina was born 2 months early and after being discharged from the Kapiolani NICU, we were referred to Early Intervention Services through Easterseals Hawaii. I was already a mom of two keiki (ages 4 and 6 at the time) but, after having a premature baby I felt lost and confused. I also had a lot of self-doubt and guilt for not being able to give my baby a healthier start in life. I first met with the

Easterseals team via Zoom during the pandemic soon after my baby was home with me. They were very kind, gentle and always encouraging. At each meeting I felt like I was given the support and guidance I needed to give my baby the best care to help her with her development. Tiana was with us from the very beginning and until the end of our services. I am so grateful for her in helping us grow together as mom and baby. Mahina always seemed at ease when she would hear or see Tiana. I am thankful for everything Tiana and the Easterseals Hawaii team has done to help us along this journey.

- Ursula T.

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"I have loved our experience with Early Intervention."

The flexibility to have appointments to fit our schedule (either in person or virtually), has been so great. We also appreciate how committed the staff have been with helping our daughter and the rapport that each of you have built with our family. Our daughter has shown such progress in such a short time, which is a testament to how many strategies your team offers to us families to help our kids.

- Charlene G.

"We’ve also learned so much and have been given such helpful information through everyone we’ve encountered at Easterseals Hawaii, that allow us to be the best parents we can be for our daughter."

When we first found out about Early Intervention, it was the same time we realized that our daughter was special and would need extra help. At first, we were nervous and overwhelmed by it all, but the

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folks at Easterseals Hawaii were extremely helpful and immediately made us feel more at ease with the situation of my daughter. It’s been almost two years since we’ve had support from Easterseals Hawaii Early Intervention, and I am just so grateful for them. They have been there from the beginning, and still now, an integral part of my daughter’s progress with all the therapies and sessions they’ve offered. Everyone has seriously been so kind and helpful. Each session we’ve had never felt like an “appointment,” but just friendly meetings with folks who genuinely want to help our daughter. We are so incredibly grateful for everyone at Easterseals Hawaii, and we give them a lot of credit for the amount of progress my daughter has made.

- Aissele F.

EI program managers attend the Leadership in Disabilities and Achievement of Hawaii Let's Grow Health and Wellness Fair Drive Through

In May, Easterseals Hawaii Early Intervention Program Managers attended the Leadership in Disabilities and Achievement of Hawai’i Let’s Grow Health and Wellness Fair Drive Through in Honolulu. Over 40 families attended the fair with current families from the Sultan program stopping by to say hello and information about Early Intervention being shared with the community.

Home and Community-Based Services

May 27th culminated a month filled with activities all about Hawaii's May Day celebration, and it was a wonderful way to learn more about our culture! Throughout the month, participants were busy making lei, learning about Hawaiian games, foods and geography, singing Hawaiian songs, dancing hula, signing ASL to songs, and making papier-mache volcanoes.

Upon arrival, participants and staff were greeted with lei and temporary tribal tattoos. Festivities started with some games like Konane and Toss the Coconut. Performances got underway with everyone singing “Hawaii Pono'I” followed by hula to “Hukilau” and “That's How You Do the Hula.” Singing as well as signing of “Hawaiian Lullaby” and “True Colors” by Anuhea followed, along with the finale of “Hawaii Aloha.”

After lunch, the big surprise was watching the volcano erupt! The participants had a great time dancing with each other and enjoying the celebration of heritage, history, music and fun.

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Autism Services

Are you looking for free educational activities that are for keiki of all ages and abilities? Look no further! This year the Hawaii State Public Libraries have partnered with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to create an amazing summer reading program featuring virtual events, a reading challenge, weekly themed activities that you can participate in from home, and even the chance to win some amazing prizes. Visit to learn more!


Registration is Required

Thursday | June 9 | 7:00pm

Ocean Film Highlights with ‘Ulu‘ulu: The Henry Ku‘ualoha Guigni Moving Image Archive of Hawai'i

Suitable for all ages

Friday | June 17 | 10:30am

Sea Turtles of Hawai'i

Suitable for all ages

Saturday | June 18 | 10:00am

Special Reading with Kaipō Pomaikai | ʻUʻuku Ka Hana ʻUʻuku Ka Loaʻa (The Story of a Hawaiian Tugboat Captain)

Suitable for ages 4+

Thursday | June 30 | 10:00am

Underwater Volcanoes

Suitable for ages 6 to 11

If you are wanting to join in the fun being held at your local library, there are many fun in-person events scheduled throughout the summer. Click here for a list of the local events taking place on Oahu.

You can also check out their “Take & Make” downloadables for kids based on NOAA’s ocean themes. From literacy tips and reading lists to family crafts and activities, there are lots of fun ways to learn about the oceans.

Below is a calendar of the various activities hosted in June, including virtual programming.

June 5 to 11 One Big Ocean
June 12 to 18 Exploring Coral Reefs and Tide Pools: The Sunlight Zone
June 19 to 25 Exploring the Deep Ocean: The Twilight and Midnight Zones
June 26 to July 2 Underwater Volcanoes
July 3 to 9 What Would It Be like to Live in the Ocean? (Oceanography)
July 10 to 16 Our Changing Oceans (Ocean Threats & Challenges)
July 17 to 23 How Can You Protect the Ocean (Ocean Stewardship)
July 24 to 31 Become and Ocean Explorer

ESH Office Closures

All Easterseals Hawaii services will be closed on the following days:

  • Monday, June 20 — Juneteenth
  • Monday, July 4 — Independence Day
  • Friday, August 19 — Statehood Day

For general questions, please reach out to us at [email protected]

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