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Three thousand gingerbread houses benefit Easter Seals Hawaii

Diane Choi Diane Choi
John Howell John Howell

By Diane Ako - bio | email

HONOLULU (KHNL) - Who said the economy was down? A massive construction effort in Honolulu this weekend saw a whopping 3,000 new homes go up. But here's the catch. They're not to live in. They're to eat.

Hundreds of families and friends met Sunday morning to roll up their sleeves and build a house. Diane Choi brought her children because "it's good family time and good work for good cause."

They made a gingerbread house, with all the fixings. For 9 years now, Easter Seals Hawaii has put on this Gingerbread Family Festival. CEO John Howell said it impacts thousands of lives. "We'll touch 6,000 family members- grandparents, moms, dads, aunties, uncles, kids- it's just a great public event."

This sugary event couldn't happen without a little sweat equity. Napoleon Bakery baked 4,200 sheets of gingerbread. And the 8,400 bags of icing included 5,500 pounds of powdered sugar! But Howell said it'll create sweet memories. "At this time of year, people look to get together and share fond memories. This is a good way to kick that off."

Easter Seals Hawaii has been providing services to infants, children and adults with disabilities and other special needs, and support to their families since 1946.

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