Mahalo to Mayor Kirk Caldwell and the Honolulu Office of Economic Development for tonight's Chinatown Soup which was held at the ARTS at Marks Garage on Thursday, January 30, 2016. It was truly democracy in action. In an effort to bring more community events to Chinatown under Mayor Kirk Caldwell's leadership and the TOD Honolulu Chinatown Action Plan, OED collaborated with HNL SOUP hosted the event at The ARTS at Marks Garage, a Chinatown art gallery and community space. Soup was provided by Blue Tree Cafe. Unique from previous SOUP events, this one was tailored to hear from Chinatown community members.
Organizations represented by Miki Lee of Honolulu Culture and Arts District for "Discover Art,", Lindsea Wilbur of Keia Dance Movement for "Food, Books, Music: Community Jam” and our very own,Terri Madden of PlayBuilders, HawaiʻI with *Charles-Alan Castillo of Partners of Development Foundation’s Hui Ho’omalu, “pitched” their ideas to 100 attendees. The community was able to raise $1,112 for the winning project, PlayBuilders’ “Fostering Ohana.”
Because PlayBuilders is primarily a volunteer organization, the $1,112 will go far in providing travel and stipends to participating former foster youth.
It was truly an honor to have been included in Chinatown Soup. All the project ideas were fantastic and it was an amazing opportunity to have had the opportunity to connect with so many people.
Note: *Partners in Development Foundation, along with Catholic Charities Hawai’I, Queen Lili’ouklani Children’s Center, Family Programs Hawai’I, Epic Foundation, Epic Ohana, and others, are collaborating partners with PlayBuilders on “Fostering Ohana.”