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  February 2012 Volume 12 Issue 2  


“Webster is an eight month old yellow Labrador Retriever. He is very sweet and loves children. One of his favorite things to do is swim after the frisbee in the ocean. He also enjoys playing catch with the tennis ball. Webster really gets excited when its training time. He loves to learn and go through his commands! My husband and I got involved with HCI a little over a year ago and are very thankful we did. It's wonderful to see how much the dogs change people's lives as they have definitely changed ours. We feel blessed to be a part of the HCI Program.” – Jeri Kunkel, HCI Puppy Raiser


"Jetson has been such a joy to have as my constant companion for the last eight years. It never ceases to amaze me what he is capable of doing. He opens and closes doors and turns lights on and off with such ease. His ability to retrieve items of various sizes borders on the incredible. The instant he hears something hit the floor, he's right there to get it for me. He's excellent at picking out non-matching shirts and shorts from my dresser. Our two to four mile strolls (I push, he pulls) keep us in good shape. Most of all, he has given me a sense of grace, love, care and peace. He is a constant reminder of God's providence." Dennis Okada - HCI Graduate

"A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty." - Winston Churchill


Thanks to our wonderful emcees, Guy Hagi and Kim Gennaula and all our dedicated volunteers and supporters who helped to make this event such a huge success!

Click on the link above to see some of the highlights of the evening.


Over the past three years, ten year old Skylar became close friends with HCI Facility Dog Tucker, who works full time at Kapiolani Medical Center. She will soon be getting her very own Service Dog to help her with the effects of Job's Syndrome and Lupus. She has recently been matched with Riley, who is a one and a half year old Labrador/Golden Retriever cross. Riley already knows about 90 commands and is being trained to perform specific tasks for Skylar, such as carrying her bags at school and helping her to stand up. Both Skylar and Riley are very smart, sweet and like to have fun! "Skylar is so excited, this is the happiest I've seen her in a long time,” says her mom, Irma Baptiste.


Have a great time and support HCI by joining us for a whale watch on Saturday, March 10th from Maalaea Harbor.

Tickets are $35 per person and include pupus and soft drinks. Call the HCI office at 298-0167 to make reservations.

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