Easter tradition returns to help wounded warriors with healing
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - An important Easter event returned after two years of the coronavirus pandemic, helping wounded warriors and their families who have experienced trauma.
About 50 keiki and their families from all branches of the military took part in an egg-citing hunt at Hale Koa Hotel in Waikiki. They also enjoyed brunch, live music, magic show, and other fun activities.
”They don’t get to do these kind of things that often. So that’s the biggest reward of all to watch those kids having a good time,” said Dick Rankin, president of non-Profit Wounded Warrior Ohana, which organized the event with Iolani School’s Raiders for Wounded Warriors.
The event aims to bring families together and address issues like post traumatic stress disorder.
“People with PTSD, and many of our wounded warriors have PTSD, need to socialize. That’s why our events include the entire family and the families come out and they socialize,” Rankin said.
”All of the families and the children have all just been smiling all morning,” said Caitlin Niiya, Iolani senior and co-president Iolani’s Wounded Warriors club.
The Niiya sisters have ohana who’re retired from the military and they say this is their way of giving back.
”It’s just great to see everyone finally be able to come together and celebrate the holiday, especially after the pandemic,” Jacey Niiya said.
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