UH Mānoa Children's Center is fundraising for shade structures at three sites

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Punihei Lipe, (808) 330-8963
Assistant Specialist, School of Hawaiian Knowledge
Leilani Au, (808) 956-8773
Director, UH Manoa Childrenʻs Center
Posted: Apr 1, 2016

The former great Chinese Banyan at the UH Manoa Children's Center.
The former great Chinese Banyan at the UH Manoa Children's Center.

The public is invited to a University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Children’s Center silent auction on Wednesday, April 6, 2016, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at Mānoa Gardens. The Center is raising funds to purchase permanent shade structures for three of its sites, including the Big House as well as satellite classrooms at Kuhiō and Noelani elementary schools.

In 2015, the great Chinese Banyan at the Big House was cut down due to safety concerns. Known at the Center as the "Story Tree," it had been planted in 1942, shaded the playground, and was often the site of story times. The playgrounds at the Center's other two sites were never so fortunate to have such a tree. To keep the children cool, UHMCC is now seeking shade for all three sites.

Silent auction items include jewelry, signed UH Warriors footballs, art, family-fun opportunities such as movie tickets and passes, restaurant gift certificates, and special baskets made by each of the UHMCC classes.  

Door prizes and light pupus will be available. There will also be entertainment by Vance Drive as well as Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door.

If unable to attend, donations may also be made online:

  1. Go to the UH Foundation website, click on “Give Now” and then click on “Make a Gift online.”
  2. In the “Select program” drop-down, click on UHM Student Affairs.
  3. Then, in the “Select account” drop-down, click on UHM Children’s Center.

For more information, call (808) 956-7963 or email uhmcc@hawaii.edu.