Keiki across the state to receive new books in honor of late senator

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Dozens of keiki received brand-new books Friday, courtesy of a non-profit run by the family of late U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka.

Pauoa Elementary kindergarteners and Head Start students were the first recipients of Aloha Books, a new project by Ohana 100.

“We are honored that the Ohana 100 foundation has chosen our school to launch this initiative and thank them for their tremendous generosity,” said Principal Dale Arakaki. “”It’s very special. The fact that it is in dedication of the late Sen. Akaka, who walked and blessed our school when he was in the elementary age. It is very special on the first week of school, first full day for kindergarten. What a special way to go home with a couple books in your hand.”

“He believed that sharing that interest and that love of learning and getting into that point through reading was really important,” said David Mattson, Ohana 100 president.

The organization plans to give a new free book to kindergarteners at charter and public schools as well as every child in a Head Start program throughout the state.

Its goal is to distribute more than 20,000 books over the next two months.

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