Pop-Up Shop for Education

Posted on 04/11/2016 by

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Although the Valentine’s Day rummage sale was a great success in raising funds for Hui Hoomalu and its work with foster children, Hawaii Information Service still had a lot of aloha left to share. When 2016 Hawaii State Teacher of the Year Stephanie Mew — a good friend of HIS CEO Faith Geronimo — mentioned that she could really use some new laptops to support her tech education efforts at Kapunahala Elementary School in Kaneohe, the company sprang back into action.

For two weeks, HIS converted its conference room into a “Pop-Up Shop for Education,” a special rummage sale to raise funds for the laptops. Coordinated by VP & General Manager Colleen Yasuhara, the sale featured donations from staff, family, and friends, including Renee Gomes, President of Toshiba Business Solutions (USA) in Honolulu. The impressive inventory included appliances, housewares, glassware, clothes and accessories, books and music (including classic LPs), toys and seasonal decorations.

Employees were happy to shop for a good cause, but we also opened our doors to our Dole Cannery neighbors, and were delighted to host shoppers from a number of companies. We were able to convert this:

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HIS raised enough funds to purchase ten brand new Lenovo IdeaPad 100S laptops (11.6″ Google Chromebooks) for Stephanie’s third-grade class. And a few HIS employees were able to join Faith and Colleen on a visit to deliver the laptops and meet Stephanie’s students. They were incredibly welcoming, attentive, and enthusiastic.

The “Pop-Up Shop for Education” fundraiser was successful enough that HIS was able to surprise Stephanie with an additional tech tool, one she described as her students’ “newest classmate.”

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As a local tech company, HIS is proud to have had this opportunity to empower tomorrow’s young leaders with new tools for learning, and under Stephanie’s direction, we have no doubt they are already on the path to success.