The Traveling Plate : A Statewide Culinary Tour For Easter Seals Hawaii 

By: Jenn K

For 70 years, Easter Seals Hawaii (ESH) has served countless amounts of people throughout our state.  Here in East Hawaii, ESH continues to provide quality, individualized services that make it possible for everyone to thrive in our community.  From Early Intervention (EI) to Home & Community Based Services (HCBS), participants are given tremendous opportunities to grow individually and socially, many by leaps and bounds!

Crazy hair and messed up sleeves kind of mom. Evan received Early Intervention services between one and three years old.

In order for ESH to continue to provide exceptional, individualized, family-centered services to those with disabilities or special needs, it requires the support of a caring staff and the continued generosity of community members.  The latter is accomplished through donations and participation in annual fundraisers.  Most recently, the Boogie Bowl in 2014 and the HFS FCU giving campaign in 2015.  It also received support from the friends of Living Hilo Style! 

Some Boogie Bowl committee  members with HCBS participants.

In celebration of 70 years, Easter Seals Hawaii, in collaboration with Under My Umbrella, has created a statewide fundraising culinary tour called The Traveling Plate. A showcase of local celebrity chefs with events on Kauai, Maui, Oahu and Hawaii Island – specifically in Hilo where the majority of ESH participants reside or receive services:

The Traveling Plate, Hawaii Island will be held on Sunday, August 21, 2016 at Nani Mau Gardens from 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm.  

Featuring Local Celebrity Chefs:

  • Executive Chef Chris Damskey & Pastry Chef Kalani Garcia of Ulu Ocean Grill at the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai
  • Executive Chef Casey Halpern of Cafe Pesto
  • Chef & Owner Mark Pomaski of Moon & Turtle 
  • Chef Brian Hirata, Chef Instructor at Hawaii Community College, Culinary Institute of the Pacific
  • Host Chef Jesse Moore of Nani Mau Gardens

The culinary world has always played a significant role in helping to raise awareness and funds for Easter Seals Hawaii through events like the Taste of Honolulu and Chefs Du Jour.

Cullen received services through EI and HCBS. His diagnosis of PDD-NOS was delivered at the EI location, probably the most comfortable setting next to being at home.

As the Advisory Board Chairperson for Easter Seals Hawaii on Hawaii Island, I invite you to please join us as we raise awareness and much-needed funds for individuals with special needs in East Hawaii.  A sponsorship packet is available at the Early Intervention Program at 49 Kaiulani St., in Hilo or at Home & Community Based Service at 16-204 Melekahiwa Pl. # 3, in the Shipman Industrial Park, Keaau.  You can also visit Easter Seals Hawaii online at

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