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September 11, 2023

September 11, 2023

Dear Friends,

Thank you for raising $5724 for Maui Ohanas!

Last Thursday, we celebrated a triple birthday Stop Drop and Dance fundraiser class for Catherine Granville, Kathy Brown and Shel Saxon! We came in our Aloha themed clothing and danced for 75 minutes to raise money for 40 families who lost their homes in Lahaina, Maui.

Unfortunately, 4 of the families we had planned to donate to did not have valid Venmo accounts, so we ended up dividingthe donations among the remaining 36 families.

With your generosity and compassion, we were able to send $159 directly to these 36 Maui Ohanas:

'Ohana Basques

'Ohana Burke

'Ohana Casco

'Ohana Dudoit

'Ohana Felicilda (Kaena)

'Ohana Kapu (Keeaumoku)

'Ohana Kapu Kekona

'Ohana Keo

'Ohana Leopoldino

'Ohana Lota

'Ohana Novikoff

'Ohana Peters-Palmer

'Ohana Kumu Liko Rogers

'Ohana Tevaga

'Ohana Tihada-Arakawa

'Ohana Vasquez-Keahi

'Ohana Kumu Kanoe Steward

'Ohana Kumu Teva Medeiros

'Ohana Teruya

'Ohana Opunui (Shawnee)

'Ohana Opunui (Kawai)

'Ohana Smith

'Ohana Alvarez (Darri)

'Ohana Ho'oikaika

'Ohana Casco (Pua Pali)

'Ohana Kumu Kamalei Cabrera (Punana Leo)

'Ohana Hamakua

'Ohana Tihada

'Ohana Ahia

'Ohana Pua'a

'Ohana Naho'oikaika

'Ohana Teruya

'Ohana Pagatpatan

'Ohana Lindsey

'Ohana Duque

'Ohana Dudoit

'Ohana Kalauli

Everyone who donated should have received a separate email a few days ago from Eventbrite with the on-demand recording of our class from last week, which will be available until this Sunday, September 17th.

You are an incredible community of kind, caring, and loving people!

Click on the image below to watch a one minute video highlight of our Maui fundraiser class!

This Friday, September 15th, is the last day to join our January 2024 Retreat to Belize!

If you:

  • have been to our Stop Drop and Dance class before
  • desire to build relationships with a wonderful community of women
  • have a go-with-the-flow positive attitude
  • enjoy a routine of exercising and moving your body
  • love new adventures and exploring new places

Join us January 22nd - 28th, 2024 for an all-inclusive women's dance retreat to Belize!

Click the image below to find out more information about how to sign up!

Remembering 9/11

My neighbor, Fran, and I haven't seen each other for almost 2 months because my girls and I were gone from mid-July to mid-August, and then she and her husband left the beginning of August and only returned a few days ago.

This afternoon, Fran brought over some super sweet strawberries and I invited her on our deck to catch up on our travels.  After talking about my trip to South Africa, and her trip to Europe, somehow the topic changed to New York, and how she watched the 60 minutes episode last night on 9/11.

Beyond the heartbreaking stories and memories from loved ones, she also shared something really beautiful. 

Fran shared how many of the firefighters who lost their lives 22 years ago, have children who now are in their 20s and 30s and have become New York firefighters today. 

They chose to face their past with courage and dedicate their own lives to helping others in the future. 


“If we learn nothing else from this tragedy, we learn that life is short and there is no time for hate.”
—Sandy Dahl, wife of Flight 93 pilot Jason Dahl, in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, in 2002

Sending you lots of love,