21st Annual Ko Olina Thanksgiving Outreach Served 4,000 Thanksgiving Dinners

Underprivileged youth, low-income families, elderly and those experiencing homelessness may not have had a full Thanksgiving dinner if not for the efforts of Ko Olina leaders, UPS, and more than 200 community volunteers.

The 21st Annual Ko Olina Thanksgiving Outreach is the largest holiday community outreach on Oʻahu.

Volunteers prepared more than 1,800 pounds of turkey, 460 pounds of ham, 560 pounds of corn, 500 pounds of rice, 165 pounds of stuffing and countless desserts. Last Saturday, a team of UPS trucks delivered the meals to 16 area churches and veterans’ organizations on the west side.

rollout of Ko Olina thanksgiving outreach

More than 4,000 meals were served.

Helping Families Not Just Eat — But Enjoy

Matt Zane of Ohana Christian Church helped organize around 35 volunteers from the congregation to help. “We had to cut off people from volunteering,” he says, because the slots filled up so fast.

Zane’s group partnered with local nonprofit Child & Family Service, who organized a gathering of the families they serve. Ohana Christian Church volunteers set up tables and chairs, provided juice and water, and plated the food. Their prep work meant gave the nonprofit’s employees and local families a unique chance to relax and enjoy a meal together.

“We just want people to know – we’re willing to help,” Zane says.

Full List of Orgs

Jeff Stone, founder of The Resort Group, which owns Ko Olina, Pelenato To‘omata, President of Life 360 Network, and Natasha Clarin of the Rotary Club of Kapolei started the Thanksgiving outreach in 1998.

Current volunteer partners include:

  • Four Seasons Resort O‘ahu at Ko Olina
  • Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa
  • Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club
  • Ko Olina Marina
  • Ko Olina Golf Club
  • UPS
  • Leeward Community College Culinary Arts Program
  • Dozens of individuals (including keiki)

girl helping with Thanksgiving outreach

Food was distributed to:

  • Word of Life West Side
  • Waiʻanae Vet Center
  • Ark of Safety
  • Hale Wai Vista
  • Holy Hill of Zion
  • Paradise Chapel
  • City of Joy
  • St. Jude Catholic Church
  • Calvary Chapel West O‘ahu
  • West Loch Elderly Village
  • Lighthouse Outreach Christian Center
  • Waipahu United Church of Christ, Destiny Church
  • Ohana Christian Church
  • Pearl City Community Church
  • U.S. Vets of Kalaeloa

For more information about next year’s event, contact Ko Olina.