Jerry’s cornucopias, painted for the Palama Settlement Thanksgiving party. That’s Jerry with Dawn Yoshimura, who is taking over the Palama watercolor classes.
When Jerry is asked to create a project, he goes all-out. It must be the surgeon in him – to always strive to go above and beyond what’s expected.
So when I asked him to create a cornucopia for the Palama Settlement Thanksgiving party for the keiki, he created a cornucopia to end all cornucopias. That’s his creation on the right. Isn’t it glorious?
The thing is, the cornucopia was meant to be covered up. It was just to be used as a backdrop. It was part of an activity that allowed the keiki to get a free Thanksgiving meal. Here’s how it worked:
The Palama keiki made turkeys with outlines from their hands, as well as writing what they are thankful for on a paper and attaching it to a cornucopia.
The keiki (up to age 12) colored a paper in the shape of a papaya or pineapple or banana or squash. Then they wrote on it something for which they are thankful. This became their ticket to receive a free Thanksgiving meal with all the tirmmings. (Except for pumpkin pie. We have learned they don’t like pumpkin pie, so we asked them to vote on a dessert. They chose pineapple with li hing mui powder and ice cream!)
The keiki also drew an outline around their hands and transformed these into drawings of turkeys. They had so much fun with these activities!
The keiki gave thanks for their families, their teachers, and a plethora of other aspects of their lives.
The lines were long and enthusiastic for the turkey meal.
For many of our Palama keiki, this will be their only Thanksgiving meal this year. The Palama staff love serving to them!
Students from the Palama Settlement arts classes entertained the crowd with hula and ukulele performances.
Palama plans to expand our music program to include other instruments, just as we used to do in the 1920s, ’30s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and with Brother Noland in the ’80s and ’90s. Got any good instruments you aren’t using? We can find a child for them!
Palama’s hula class entertained the capacity crowd. David Kawada (in the background) was our emcee. We are so lucky to have a professional radio man on our staff! David broadcasts the UH women’s basketball games.
The ukulele class performs hapa haole tunes.
If you are looking for an outstanding not for profit organization to donate to at the end of the year, please consider Palama Settlement. There is so much more that we want to do!
- Paula Rath