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Did this: Project Focus opening reception

About 600 people turned out for the opening reception of this year’s Project Focus Hawaii, a touching photography exhibit


Posted August 7, 2011 by Melissa Chang

Project Focus Hawaii, a photography internship for children, worked with 14 children from Down Syndrome Ohana of Hawaii this summer to teach them photography skills, goal setting and building self esteem. Their summer project culminated with an unveiling of their photography work at Davies Pacific Center Saturday night.

The exhibit will be on display at the Davies Pacific Center throughout August, then will move to Kahala Mall from Sept. 9 through 19, and Kapiolani Medical Center Sept. 19-26.

This year’s exhibit is themed “Shine: Inspiring Joy Through Their Eyes,” and showcases black-and-white photography by the Project Focus participants and the project founders, Lisa Uesugi and Laurie Breeden Callies.

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Did this: Project Focus opening reception

About 600 people filled the Davies Pacific Center courtyard and adjacent meeting room to show their support at Project Focus' opening reception. In addition to meeting the kids who participated in this year's program, there was live entertainment and food from renowned Oahu chefs.

The evening was capped off with a performance by Cecilio and Kapono, which was enjoyed by the crowd, but especially by the Project Focus participants. Here’s a video of “Good Time Together,” which brought everyone to their feet.

Comments


  1. DianeSeo
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I saw last year’s Project Focus at Kahala Mall, and I found myself lingering to study all the pictures and read all the captions. I’m definitely going to check this one out. Love that they shoot in black and white.

  2. DianeSeo
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 7:54 am

    I saw last year’s Project Focus at Kahala Mall, and I found myself lingering to study all the pictures and read all the captions. I’m definitely going to check this one out. Love that they shoot in black and white.

  3. Melissa808
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    @DianeSeo yes, something about black and white gives it an overall warmth!

  4. nonstopmari
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    beautiful way to start a sunday. everybody looked happy, and c&k seemed to totally get into it too.

  5. nonstopmari
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm

    beautiful way to start a sunday. everybody looked happy, and c&k seemed to totally get into it too.

  6. EurekaGal
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Aww. Nice to see some familiar faces turning out for a really good cause. The food looked ono, too!

  7. Melissa808
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm

    @nonstopmari Even though they do this every year, it never gets old. I always end up wanting to cry. shawnnakamoto actually DOES cry!

  8. Melissa808
    Posted August 7, 2011 at 6:43 pm

    @EurekaGal Thanks for stopping by!!

  9. rhtakara
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks for capturing a special moment – especially for my friends Alicia and Glenn. They loved the videos, especially w/ their daughter in it.

  10. rhtakara
    Posted August 8, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    Thanks for capturing a special moment – especially for my friends Alicia and Glenn. They loved the videos, especially w/ their daughter in it.

About Melissa Chang

Melissa has been blogging regularly since 2007 and has more than 25 years’ experience in marketing and public relations. She is currently an independent marketing consultant, specializing in social media. 

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