PC Family Fun Day, Daren Choi Fundraiser

Aug 25, 2010 | PC Community


On Saturday, August 21, 2010 the Pearl City community gathered at the Momilani Community Center to enjoy the 6th Annual Pearl City Family Fun Day presented by the Pearl City Community Association (PCCA) and the Pearl City Foundation (PCF).

Over two thousand plus, Pearl City residents and their Ohana took to the grounds of the Momilani Community Center as it was transformed into a field of rides & inflatables, dunking booth, pie-throwing booth, games, food booths, pony rides & petting zoo, information tent, craft fair vendors, face painting and more.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Pearl City Family Fun Day attendees enjoying one of the many craft booths.

In the Momilani Community Center pavilion, free all day entertainment included the Keawe Brothers, Makua Leilani Rosa and her Halau from Palisades Elementary School, the Palisades Elementary School Drama Club, Reminiscing with Ron Paredes, Po’ohala, and the Royal Hawaiian Band conducted by Robert Larm.


                                                           Photos by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

The Keawe Brothers (left photo kicked off the Hawaiian entertainment line up followed by Po'ohala (right photo).


                                                           Photos by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Makua Leilani Rosa-Halau from Palisades Elementary School (left) and Palisades Elementary School Drama Club (right)  performaned to the delight of the crowd on Saturday.


                                                           Photos by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

The Royal Hawaiian Band played to perfection under the direction of Robert Larm (left). Royal Hawaiian Band Singers (right) pictured serenading the crowd in the Momilani Community Center Pavilion.

Pearl City Community Association President, Jits Fujimura, Pearl City Foundation Executive Director, Breene Harimoto and Pearl City Foundation Program Director, Naomi Tully- Ungacta worked hand in hand  to plan and execute the Pearl City Family Fun Day. Harimoto served as the event chair.


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(left photo) PCCA President, Jits Fjimura (left) with PCF Executive Director, Breene Harimoto. (right-file photo) Pearl City Foundation Programs Director, Naomi Tully-Ungacta pictured with Breene Harimoto.

Fundraiser held for Pearl City High School swimmer Daren Choi

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There was also a special fundraiser held on Saturday for injured Pearl City High School Champion swimmer, Daren Choi who suffered spinal injuries after falling off a rock while sight seeing in Western Samoa on June 28, 2010. Daren had just competed, before the fall, against  swimmers from 13 different countries in an international swim meet, coming away with 3 medals.

Volunteers from the Daren Choi Ohana Support Crew, Kamehameha Swim Club and Grace Bible Church Pearlview worked the Dunking Booth, Pie-Throwing Booth, Shave Ice Stand and 1000 Cranes donation table to help raise funds for Daren’s medical expenses.

                                                          Photos by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Volunteers from the Daren Choi Ohana Support Crew, Kamehameha Swim Club and Grace Bible Church Pearlview helped out in the shave ice and cotton candy booths on Saturday.

Grace Bible Church Pearlview donated all the proceeds raised from the Dunking Booth, Pie-Throwing Booth and Shave Ice Booth towards the Daren Choi fund. Youth volunteers from Grace Bible Church Pearlview annually work the two game booths and Shave Ice stand to raise money for their church but decided to donate all proceeds to help out their classmate at Pearl City High School.

Since his injuries suffered in late June, Daren is improving and is able to walk with a cane to get around.

"Daren is improving, He would like to have been here today but wants to thank all of you for your support," said Daren's father, Derrick Choi. "It's over whelming the amount of support for Daren from the community."


                                                           Photos by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

(left photo) Derrick Choi thanking supporters in the Momilani Community Center Pavilion. (right photo) Derrick Choi pictured with Daren Choi Ohana media spokesperson, Kanoe Naone.


                                                          Photos by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

(left photo) Derrick Choi spent 30 minutes in the Dunk Tank Booth to help raise funds for son Daren. (right photo) 2002 Miss Hawaii Kehaulani Christian did the same and also donated $100 dollars towards Daren fund.

                                                             Photo by Barry Villamil | [email protected]

Daren Choi Ohana Support Crew members, Elaine and Lori did a great job at the 1000 Cranes donation table.

Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the 6th Annual Pearl City Family Fun Day and to support Daren Choi and his family and friends and wonderful team of supporters.

Mahalo to the many volunteers from the following organizations who were instrumental in making the Family Fun Day a big success. Once again, their hard work and dedication to serve truly benefited our Pearl City community.

Grace Bible Church Pearlview & Youth Group

Hope Chapel Pearlview

Boy Scouts of Hawaii

Pearl City Lions Club

Pearl City Chargers Varsity Football Team & Coaching Staff

Daren Choi Ohana Support Crew

Kehaulani Christian, 2002 Miss Hawaii

Kamehameha Swim Team & Coaches

Ben Komer, Leahi Swim School

Kuulei & Alika Mcguire

Kanoe Naone & Bonnie Kawamoto-Daren Choi Ohana Support Crew

Bryson Kamaka

Mahalo to the 6th Annual Pearl City Family Fun Day Platinum Sponsors:

Their generous sponsorship donations go towards supporting the Pearl City Community Associations (PCCA) annual community scholarship programs.

MyPearlCity.com & Pearl City Shopping Center Merchants Association

Leahi Swim School

HomeStreet Bank

Aiea Copy Center