Giving Back - Oahu Photographer

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.
— Dalai Lama

Today was a great day filled with hard work, sweat, team work, laughter, and giving back to the community. 

HUGS is a local Hawaiian organization founded in 1982 that provides support for families whose children have been diagnosed with life  threatening  illness  or disease. HUGS stands for Help Understand and Group Support. They guide parents through a difficult time and at the same time provide safe and loving environment for children to play around while parents either get support through counseling or simply get time away to regroup and recharge. 

HUGS building is located in Kaimuki and was built in 1921. It’s an old plantation style house that has been housing this amazing foundation for the past 25 years.  

About a year ago Hensel Phelps and Helix Electric teamed up together to discuss how to give back to the community. 

Hensel Phelps is a general contractor company founded 1937 in Greeley, Colorado with one of their locations being in Honolulu, Hawaii. Company has built access of over 1 million square feet of building all over the country. Their community service record speaks volumes. 

On other hand we have Helix Electric,  company founded in 1985, based in San Diego, California and one of their offices located in Honolulu, Hawaii.   With 28 excellence and construction awards, HELIX has been supporting organizations such as habitat for humanity, the national Parkinson’s foundation, wounded warrior project, Ronald McDonald House, diabetic youth families, location homeless shelters, and more. 

 

Both Hensel Phelps and HELIX felt they have combined skills to help HUGS Foundation to upgrade their facility, which includes changing lighting fixtures to more modern cost efficient LED light system, as well as demolishing and removal of a play house that wasn’t safe anymore for children to play in. 

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With help of Wes from Hensel Phelps and his crew, work outside began by demolishing the playhouse. It was a bitter sweet moment for Joan Naguwa, executive director for the Center, who was remembering all the moments children played in the house over the years. But with bitter feelings comes hope. Hope that one day a new play house will be built and new memories will be created. 

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While Hensel Phelps was taking care of dilapidated playhouse, Steven from HELIX and his crew were hard at work removing outdated outlets and switches, and replacing them with modern dimmers and LED light fixtures. Since the only light source outside was installed on the playhouse that is now gone, HELIX made a decision to install a switched quad GFCI that will allow the foundation to plug portable lighting. This will definitely come in handy when foundation hosts a monthly date night. It allows parents to get away to reconnect with one another and recharge their batteries, while all the children get to spend time at the Center reading books, being silly on Playground, or playing games.  

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 Executive Director of HUGS Foundation, Joan Naguwa watching crews from Hensel Phelps and HELIX Electric demolish an old playhouse structure 

Executive Director of HUGS Foundation, Joan Naguwa watching crews from Hensel Phelps and HELIX Electric demolish an old playhouse structure 

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A lot was accomplished today yet more can be done to help this organization. 

Hensel Phelps and HELIX Electric are planning to return and continue doing what they do best in their respective fields. 

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But you too can help. Even if it’s an hour. Even if you just bring a toy to donate. Consider visiting the foundation in person or their website to see how you can give back to the community today. 

 

 

 

Ketino Photography

Honolulu,HI, 96825