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The Kupuna Care collaborative service project has collected 34 care packages filled with essential items for Hale Mahaolu Eono. Sacred Hearts School and Maria Lanakila Church worked together on the project for the second year.

LAHAINA – The mission of Sacred Hearts School is to provide excellence in education and to nurture a life of prayer, faith and service in the Catholic tradition.

Tonata Lolesio began her second year as principal by embracing these concepts and leading the Kupuna Care school service project alongside Michelle Rosenthal, Parish Social Ministry Coordinator for Maria Lanakila Church.

The project started last year when the two teamed up to create this “give back” to the community project. Family, friends and ward members donated much-needed items to the local kupuna in need at the Hale Mahaolu Eono Living Center.

Items collected throughout August included toilet paper, paper towels, dish soap, hand soap and tissues. Project goals were achieved through weekly announcements in the school and church newsletter, as well as by house leaders encouraging their members to donate.

Lolesio and Rosenthal are no strangers to community outreach. Michelle has also worked on projects for the Maui Rescue Mission, Women Helping Women, A Cup of Cold Water, and Feed My Sheep, to name a few.

Tonata worked for several years as director of religious education, preparing children in the community to receive their sacraments.

Now, as a director, she has created more scholarship opportunities for Catholic children and those involved in the religious education program.

Tonata shared this “This partnership between the school and the parish is so important because it has allowed us to provide more for our kupuna, and they deserve it. Each year, we hope to be able to support them. It takes a village.

Sherrie Shinyama Smith, who received the donation bags on behalf of Hale Mahaolu Eono last week, was incredibly grateful to Maria Lanakila Church and Sacred Hearts School.

She commented, “Our gardener delivered items to their doors, and many came to my office to thank. Several kupunas were particularly surprised by the donation of the quarter!

A resident also said that she is lacking in these things and now is the perfect time.

The Kupuna Care collaborative service project was able to deliver 34 care packages filled with essential items for Hale Mahaolu Eono and enough additional paper products to last until next month.

The parish also topped the bags with laundry detergent and $ 5 each in quarters for the washing machines.

The gift bags included a prayer card that read: “We remember you in our prayers. “

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