WISH! A Virtual Celebration of Hope: Make-A-Wish Hawaii hosts virtual gala

Support Hawaii's keiki on Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m.

Make-A-Wish Hawaii was set to host its ninth annual WISH! gala last month at the Sheraton Waikiki. Instead, the nonprofit has pivoted due to COVID-19 and is putting together an exciting virtual event called WISH! A Virtual Celebration of Hope, airing on Thursday, June 11 at 7 p.m. on K5, the Hawaii News Now app, and Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s social media channels.

“Our WISH! gala is our largest fundraiser of the year, helping us grant life-changing wishes to children across the state fighting critical illnesses,” explains Trini Kaopuiki Clark, President and CEO at Make-A-Wish Hawaii. “Right now, we have local children waiting across our islands in Keaau, Lanai City, Aiea, Pahoa, Wailuku, Kaneohe and more, and we need our community’s support to be able to bring those wishes to life.”

Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s mission, at its core, is about delivering hope and changing lives. And that’s what the event aims to do —especially now, when there are more local keiki waiting for a wish than ever before.

“We’ll be sharing inspiring local wish stories and messages of hope, introducing the community to a few of the dedicated supporters who work every day to change lives here in Hawaii, and inviting viewers to join us in this mission,” says Clark. “We also have a special performance in store from New Hope Oahu, something that is always a highlight of our in-person event as well.”

In addition to the half hour-long main show, there will also be a live pre and post-show on Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s social media channels beginning at 6:30 p.m. and immediately following the show at 7:30 p.m.

“We’ll be sharing a themed cocktail guests can make at home, a fun game to follow along with, and some exciting prizes!” says Clark.

One way the community can support Make-A-Wish Hawaii is through the event’s silent auction, and it includes some incredible items and packages. The auction is already live, and bidding is open, so people can participate now or during the show at wishgalahawaii.com.

Premier packages up for bid include a smile makeover from Dr. Wynn Okuda valued at over $30,000, a Waikiki Beach extravaganza for 10 at the Sheraton Waikiki valued at $15,000, and a private in-home dining experience for 10 with Chef Chris Kajioka featuring live entertainment from Grammy-nominated Hawaii music legend Henry Kapono.

For more information: wishgalahawaii.com, hawaii.wish.org, or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @makeawishhawaii