On December 15th at 8:30am, St. Andrews and Hope Chapel, along with other community partners, will be distributing nearly a ton of fresh meat to the families of children who attend Kalihi Waena Elementary School for its Breakfast with Santa celebration.

Kalihi Waena is in one of the poorest school districts in Hawaii, with 79.2% of the keiki qualifying for free or reduced-price lunches.

St. Andrew’s has enjoyed a lengthy partnership with Kalihi Waena and over the years has donated a new sound system for their cafeteria and school supplies each summer.  The annual meat distribution began in 2008 and in 2010 the  school was the beneficiary of the St. Andrew’s Rummage Sale, which raised approximately $10,000 for new fans and other improvements at the school.

Last year, P&E provided 360 5-lb boxes of chicken parts to us at cost, paid for by St. Andrews. P&E threw in an additional several cases of frozen hot dogs for free. A group from the FBI contributed 200 5-lb bags of rice to add to the give-away. This annual feel-good event is attended by several hundred children who attend the Kalihi Waena and their parents.

When:             Saturday, December 15th 2012 at 8:30am
Where
:            Kalihi Waena Elementary School Cafeteria – 1240 Gulick Ave, Honolulu HI 96819
Why
:               Breakfast with Santa sponsored by St. Andrews Cathedral and Hope Chapel

King Kamehameha IV and Queen Emma were responsible for bringing the Anglican Church to Hawai’i. The first services of the church were held on October 12, 1862, amidst a time of mourning for the young Prince of Hawai`i, the only son of the King and Queen who died shortly before the arrival of the Bishop. The King and Queen gave land, part of their royal garden, on which the Cathedral was to be built. The untimely death of King Kamehameha IV on St. Andrew’s Day, November 30, 1863, led his brother, King Kamehameha V, to dedicate the cathedral to St. Andrew as a fitting memorial to a King. The Queen proceeded on her own to lead the project; she traveled to England to raise money to build St. Andrews. Cathedral was completed in time for Christmas 1886, in great part because of the support for the Queen’s vision of the Cathedral as a memorial to her husband. Queen Emma did not live to worship in the Cathedral. She had died the previous year on St. Mark’s Day 1885 but her legacy and her vision to preserve the spiritual health of her people lives on to this day.



Submitted by Kathryn Xian, Girl Fest Hawaii

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