As guests entered the gala registration area at the Pacific Club in Honolulu, they were greeted with warm smiles from Mrs. Hawaii and Mrs. Oahu.
The evening began with a champagne and pupu reception, set against the backdrop of Ben Vegas and Malia Gibson’s sweet melodies. With more than 60 incredible items donated for the silent auction, guests had a chance to mingle and place their first bids of the night.
We were excited to have many special guests attend, including Governor Neil Abercrombie and his wife, Dr. Nancie Ellen Caraway, as well as gubernatorial candidate, Duke Aiona.
Thanks to architect Dennis Furukawa, guests were among the first to see the initial architectural renderings of the 12-acre residential facility where our girls will receive much needed therapy and restoration. Additionally, attendees had a unique Photovoice experience, which used photography and words to capture and share a brave survivor’s story.
During the dinner, guests had the chance to hear from Nick Sensley as he elaborated on the nature of the problem we are addressing. Throughout the evening, our emcees, Dawn O’Brien and Tony Silva, worked their magic by keeping guests laughing and engaged, and as the night progressed, Auctioneer Joe Teipel moved the live auction at an energizing pace, with bids rolling in for big ticket items such as a day sailing trip for eight, local artwork, and a stand-up paddle board. With the help of more than 300 attendees, 80 volunteers, several generous sponsors and in-kind donors, we were able to raise nearly $60,000!
We are thrilled to announce another major milestone! Just this summer, Hoʻōla Nā Pua was conditionally approved to st
August 12, 2014
“Ho`ōla Nā Pua, meaning ‘New Life for Our Children,’ was founded to shine light onto the dark criminal enterprise of sex trafficking, placing the health of Hawaii’s youth at the center of our mission and vision for our community.”