Online auction to fund peer support groups for children

EMALIA BROWN GUARD, She loved birthdays

In celebration of the late Emalia Brown Guard’s birthday on June 19, Na Keiki O Emalia announces its inaugural online fundraising event, “Emalia’s Table,” which launched June 9 and runs until June 30.

The organization invites supporters to bid on several exclusive dining packages and/or purchase a variety of dinners to be enjoyed with friends and families in Emalia’s honor. All proceeds support the Na Keiki O Emalia, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit on Maui that offers support services for grieving children and teens on Maui at no cost.

Auction details and all bids and purchase opportunities can be found at www.nkoemalia.cbo.io/. Participants can also call 868-2282 to place bids, buy dinners or donate.

“Emalia loved birthdays — her own and others’ — and would begin planning in early spring how she wanted to spend her birthday,” said Guard’s mother and NKOE Executive Director Brooke Brown. “Emalia’s Table is a novel and unusual auction, one where the purpose is not to get a great item at a steal, but rather to bring a wonderful evening into your life as you fund Na Keiki O Emalia. As you share a delicious meal with loved ones, you can feel good knowing you are helping many of Maui’s keiki.”

On auction at Emalia’s Table:

An “over-the-top” six-course meal for a party of eight prepared by Maui chef Bev Gannon and served at her Makawao home; a three-course dinner for 10 in your home prepared by Jeff Scheer, executive chef at The Millhouse; and a dinner for six (that retails for $600) at Merriman’s Kapalua.

All auction packages can be redeemed through June 30.

In addition to the auction items, Emalia’s Table also offers meals for purchase, dubbed “Meals to Heal Hearts,” which include catered dinners for up to 20 people from well-known Maui chefs and restaurants. For these meals, there is no competitive auction, and more than one can be purchased of each. These too can be redeemed through June 30. All proceeds directly support NKOE’s peer support groups that serve grieving keiki on Maui.

Emalia Brown Guard grew up on Maui, taught at Seabury Hall and was a lifelong student of Hawaiian culture, music and language. She died at her Paia home at the age of 42 on Feb. 10, 2014, after a two-year battle with colorectal cancer, leaving behind her husband, J.B. Guard IV, and son Kahalakea Guard, who turned 3 just days before his mother’s passing.

For more information, visit www.nkoemaui.org.