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Hana students bring donations to kupuna

Sisters and Hana High School students Tyra-Li Perry (left) and Pristine Perry smile for a photo with uncle Meha Lono (middle) during the “kupuna blessing” and food distribution hosted by Project Ho‘omana on Friday in East Maui.  Photo courtesy of Project Ho‘omana

About 250 kupuna living between Keanae and Kaupo received donations of homemade baked goods and toiletries Friday from Project Ho’omana, a community service movement led by Hana High School students.

The “kupuna blessing” consisted of items like hand sanitizers, toilet paper, disposable face masks, canned goods, homemade cookies, pumpkin bread, chili pepper water and chili pepper shoyu.

Each bag was a different assortment of goods donated from the community.

Sophomore Tyra-Li Perry and freshman Pristine Perry initially started Project Ho’omana to spread awareness of underage drinking and drug use but now have used the platform to help kupuna in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We had so many family, friends and other individuals donate,” mother Leinaala Perry said on Monday. “Just gave it a personal touch, and went house to house.”

For more information about Project Ho’omana, email Leinaala Perry at hanaleinaala@yahoo.com or follow the project on Instagram @project_hoomana.

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