Superheros and Soup Bowls
Over the weekend, superheroes took human form at the first annual Molokai Walk for Ohana to support the Molokai Cancer Fund Friday night. On Saturday evening, attendees of the Molokai Arts’ Center annual Soup R Bowl fundraiser picked out a hand-made ceramic bowl to keep and enjoyed entertainment and a variety of warming soups for a good cause.
The Arts Center is a veteran of their Soup R Bowl — the seventh annual — held at Molokai Community Health Center, with a packed house and this year more than 500 unique bowls up for grabs. The event raises money for the Center’s education and youth arts programs.
It was the inaugural year for the Walk for Ohana, with all proceeds going to support the Molokai Cancer Fund that support local patients’ travel for off-island treatment and doctors’ appointments. The event’s theme was Superheroes, and more than 20 teams joined up to raise money for the walk, lasting from 6 p.m. to midnight at the Kaunakakai Ball Park.
“Cancer is the villain and our survivors and those who are no longer with us are our superheroes,” said one of the organizers and a cancer survivor, Lori-Lei Rawlins-Crivello. “Although we know this disease continues to spread its wickedness, we have superheroes who continues to battle it and with the help, love and support of our community, family and friends and having faith and hope, we will prevail.”
The Walk for Ohana replaced the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which had been held on Molokai up until a few years ago. Organizers said they wanted to refocus a fundraiser to solely benefit the Molokai Cancer Fund. Organizers also honored Reynolds Ayau for his years of service and being one of the founders of the Cancer Fund.