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Wednesday Wahine Step it Up for Honolulu Elementary Schools

Helen Naborakawa Helen Naborakawa
Christina Small Christina Small

By Marvin Buenconsejo

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Now, more than ever, public schools are being asked to tighten their financial belts.

In turn, schools are relying more and more on volunteer help, to pick-up the slack.

In this "Random Acts of Kindness", we meet a group of women who are making a difference for an elementary school in Kaimuki.

Liholiho Elementary is a blue ribbon school that features blue ribbon teachers, blue ribbon students, and yes, blue ribbon volunteers.

''I think for all of us, we need to give back," says volunteer Helen Naborakawa. "I'm not sure about all the ladies, but I think we're enjoying this work we've been doing for the past 20-some-odd years."

They call themselves the "Wednesday Wahine" because that's when they meet to help the school.

No miss.

And they do it all, from preparing student packets to fixing well-loved books.

The front-line help then frees-up Liholiho teachers to do what they do best.

''I can speak for all the teachers and the staff that we are all so grateful," says Liholiho Elementary Principal, Christina Small. "We have an annual volunteer luncheon. But, even that little token can't say our appreciation because they come every week. Our Wednesday Wahines come every week. Rain or shine, they're here."

''I'm hoping we're doing some good," says Naborakawa. "That's what I'm thinking. I'm here in the library. I'm hoping what I do here helps the children."

Liholiho teachers will tell you, hope, is what these volunteers bring, most of all.

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