Top Isle En­ter­tain­ment On Stage June 7 At Ha­bil­i­tat Luau

MidWeek Islander (Windward Oahu) - - Windward Oahu Sports - By CAROL CHANG

Ha­bil­i­tat’s 14th an­nual Luau, Auc­tion and Ben­e­fit Con­cert is tak­ing shape now for a June 7 date at King Intermediate School.

Brother Noland, Henry Kapono and Sis­tah Robi Ka­hakalau will head­line the luau en­ter­tain­ment. The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at King, of­fer­ing hula, live and silent auc­tions, keiki ac­tiv­i­ties and an eight-course Hawai­ian feast, com­plete with imu-cooked kalua pig. Tick­ets cost $35 for adults, $15 for chil­dren ages 6-12, $85 for fam­i­lies (three adults, or two adults and two chil­dren age 6-12). They can be or­dered on­line at ha­bil­i­tat.com/luau.

With most of its 105 res­i­dents on schol­ar­ship aid, fundrais­ers like the luau and Christ­mas tree sales are vi­tal to the suc­cess of the Ka­neohe-based adult drug treat­ment fa­cil­ity. “Ha­bil­i­tat is fully self-sup­port­ing and is not funded by state or federal con- tracts,” ex­plained Anthony Marinello, a res­i­dent and cur­rent pub­lic re­la­tions rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the non­profit treat­ment cen­ter. And much of that self-sup­port, he noted, comes from en­ter­pris­ing projects and ser­vices run by the res­i­dents them­selves.

“When people like us are given di­rec­tion and re­fo­cus, we are an un­stop­pable force,” said Marinello. “It’s saved my life, per­son­ally.”

Ac­cord­ing to the Detroit na­tive, he was “up and down the East Coast, in and out of drug pro­grams” un­til he found Ha­bil­i­tat, which of­fers a two-and-ahalf year treat­ment pro­gram for $72,000. The key, he

Ha­bil­i­tat is fully self-sup­port­ing and is not funded by state or federal con­tracts. When people like us are given di­rec­tion and re­fo­cus,

force.” we are an un­stop­pable

said, was learn­ing “that it’s not a dis­ease, it’s that you’ve made stupid de­ci­sions.” From there, the path be­came clear: Up at 5:30 a.m., plunge into two or three jobs, and in bed by mid­night with the goal to be­come a bet­ter per­son by learn­ing a skill.

The re­sult is a 64 per­cent suc­cess­ful re­cov­ery rate, which Marinello said is six times the na­tional aver­age. “We have more struc­ture and dis­ci­pline (than sim­i­lar pro­grams),” he ex­plained.

Ha­bil­i­tat’s res­i­den­tial team also won the 96744 Fair’s re­cent chili cookoff at Cas­tle High School, and it op­er­ates the pop­u­lar All Kine Grindz food truck down­town.

A crowd of 2,000 is ex­pected to at­tend the luau, and the or­ga­ni­za­tion is hop­ing to bring more spon­sors and auc­tion donors into the ef­fort. Dis­counted group rates, ta­ble reser­va­tions and ad­ver­tis­ing ban­ners are avail­able. For more in­for­ma­tion, call 2353691 or email give@ha­bil­i­tat.com.

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