Ko’olauloa Relay for Life

3 06 2011

With Brother Sage Chee

On May 20th , the Ko‘olauloa community came out to support a cause that is near and dear to my heart. The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life raises money to help find a cure for cancer. It is also a celebration of the lives of survivors, their caretakers, and anyone who has been affected by cancer directly or indirectly.

The survivors walking the first lap.

The event, which was held at the Hau‘ula Community Park invited anyone and everyone to join in on the festivities which included a basketball tournament, a haircut station, music, and food. All proceeds were donated to the American Red Cross.

Jacob Nihipali and his team put together a great event that surpassed many of their goals including raising over $22,000. Their initial goal of $20,000.

Jacob Nihipali with some event attendees


With over 30 teams, the overnight event began with a first lap by cancer survivors which totaled over 95. Following the first lap, everyone was invited to continue the walk. My wife and I took to the course, walking and talking with survivors and other community members.

After the sun sets, the Luminaria Ceremony begins in which candles are lit to illuminate bags with the written names of loved ones who have been affected by cancer.

I was glad to have been able to participate in this great event for a great cause and look forward to next year’s ceremony!



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