Some Iolani School students who have a knack for designing costumes took their love of STEM; science, technology, engineering and math, and used it to create cool costumes and props for patients at The Ronald McDonald House. 

They are members of the school’s Cosplay Club and used everything from laser cutting to 3-D printing to develop their creations.

Their mission today was much more simple – to provide some normalcy for 12-year-old Eiljah Quenga.

He loves super heroes, but has never been able to dress up for Halloween because he’s been in a wheelchair. 

“It feels really nice,” said Teija, one of the students from Iolani. “It’s really fun to make costumes and swords and props…It’s always fun to make something out of nothing, but making it for a good cause, it’s always much better.”

Teija and the other club members have been working for weeks on this good cause, creating everything from Wonder Woman costumes for the girls to Captain America shields, and even some cool braces to accommodate Elijah’s condition.

“We were thinking what we can do to help the club members learn all these fabrications and skills while also helping out people in prepping for Halloween” said Iolani senior Sora Roberts. “And at the same time we found this charity and we said let’s do it.”

The Ronald McDonald House is a place that offers hope and help for parents who wind up there with their children.

On this day, it brought tremendous joy even if it wasn’t completely noticeable. 

“He didn’t show any excitement, but we knew that he was happy,” said Elijah’s mom, Savannah Quenga. “When he saw all the kids come in and decorate his wheelchair and make him a jedi, he was happy.”

“He hasn’t smiled like that for the past couple days now,” said Elijah’s dad Andrew Quenga. “I see the sense of relief and he knows that they’re there for him. And I guess that’s what makes me happy also.”

There were no to tricks here today. 

But true a true treat for a little boy, his family, and the students who provided a happy early Halloween.

“The fact that we can help people like that – it’s just really, really, really, really amazing,” said Iolani’s Sora Roberts. 

“We never thought we be able to experience this type of thing,” said Elijah’s mom. “We see a lot of other kids with all the cool stuff. Now Elijah gets to experience it and it’s great.”