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where-is-aliyah-foundNaalehu, Hi. – Last year elementary school student Aliyah found a $10.00 bill in Union 76 Wiki-Wiki Mart; it was on the floor in front of the sales counter. Knowing somebody lost money she shared her story with Peter, her bus driver, who turned it over to the store’s lost and found. Since nobody claimed it we had to find Aliyah during school break.

A Facebook post looking for Aliyah was initiated. YAY, we found Aliyah! “Liking” the story other people donated to Aliyah to reward her for her integrity and honesty, including a California Judge who has been on the bench for 27 years. Aliyah was presented with the $10 bill plus $161.00.”Honesty Pays”.

In today’s society it seems people are losing their honesty and integrity; our children are seeing horrific news on TV and portable social media devices.  Children are seeing too much about presidential candidates accused of lying or cheating. What kinds of impression are we leaving for our children who will lead our communities and country’s future.  We all can help by encouraging and promoting honesty and integrity… let’s make a country of honest children.

Thank you to Aliyah’s parents Pastor Troy and Heather Gacayan; we were pleasantly surprised that Aliyah’s parents are the senior pastor at River of Life Church in Pahala. Peter Serfin, Bus Driver, works for the Volcano School of Arts and Science; Peter is the former Editor of Orchid Isle Magazine, he enjoys helping children.

Together we can train children in the way to go.

by Carl Okuyama

 

Where is Aliyah $10 Lost and FoundLast year elementary school student Aliyah found a $10.00 bill at Union 76 Wiki-Wiki Mart in front of the candy counter in Na’alehu, Hawaii. Knowing somebody lost money she gave it to Peter her bus driver who turned it over to the store’s lost and found. Since nobody claimed it we had to find Aliyah. A Facebook post looking for a Aliyah was initiated. We found her and we’ll be returning the $10 bill to Aliyah.  A couple other people have donated to Aliyah to reward her for her integrity and honesty, including a California Judge whose been on the bench for 27 years. Honesty pays. All monies raised will be given to Aliyah.

In today’s society many times it seems we are losing our honesty and integrity.  When our children watch the news, what kinds of impression are we leaving for our children who will lead our community’s future.  With your help we can encourage more Aliyahs.  Hopefully with a successful fundraising campaign and a news story can all help shape our future.  #startsathome.
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Please help and donate $5, $10, $25, or more; it’s very much appreciated. Help build honesty in our community.

Aloha and thank you very much for your help!

Carl Okuyama

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Graduation for 5 year olds at St. John’s Preschool. Happy day for children, parents, family, teachers, and friends!

Here’s a cool comment. “Obedience starts in the highchair not the electric chair” ~ Greg Laurie.

We pray for a time when one day preschool education will be available for all children in our country, public, private, or cooperatives. Give us the faith and wisdom to channel our time and funds to early childhood development programs and eventually reduce funding to the prison system.  In this new world economy training children can start before kindergarten.

After years of teaching Sunday school and watching children growing into adults, we have faith that early nurtured education by parents, family, schools, and community will make a positive difference in a child’s future.  Reflecting on my past, now I can understand, the good feelings teachers receive as they watched their students grow and contribute in their communities.

Yes, together we can work towards a better future. #startsathome.

Written By Carl Okuyama

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Five Year Old’s Addition Workbook –  Yahoo!

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Playing House. Mother Mary and Jesus. How cute… her own idea.

 

 

Panela Tony and Jasmine

Congratulations! Meet the newlyweds Mr. & Mrs. Tony and Jasmine Kurokawa-Panela. Married on February 14, 2016, at Queen Liliuokalani Park, Hilo, Hawaii. Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

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Meet the new family team:  L-R: Back Row: Ashley, Shay, Tony, Jasmine, and Rebekah. Front Row: Emily, Netanya, Daniel, and Silas. Both Emily and Netanya were in my preschool Sunday School Class at Glad Tidings Church, Rebecca would occasional help as a teacher’s aid. The Panela family are active in the church. It’s been a joy to watch the children and family grow over the years. Mr. & Mrs. Tony Panela and family, nice First New Family Photo!

Marriage is one of most wonderful events in our lives, the bonding of two individuals to love and cherish one another, to accept each other unconditionally, nurturing and sacrificing for each other, and to share the work and joy of raising a family.

Life’s road has its mountain top highs and challenges in the valley, marriage is about sharing the those high places and getting through those challenges to gain wisdom and inner spiritual strength. We pray that you together sing in the rainy seasons and on mountain tops.

“Love is patient, kind, not envy, not boast, not proud, not rude, not self-seeking, not easily angered, keeps no record of wrong doing, forgives, not delight in evil, rejoices with the truth, always protects, trusts, hopes, and preserves. Love never fails.” ~ 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 NIV

Each person and couple is different, each having special gifts and talents. It’s a new season in life to start their own family and new team. Congratulations to the parent’s of the newlyweds, a job well done of the highest calling.

We wish you long life, good health, joyful children, a growing family, and much peace. It Starts at Home. Way To Go!