Kimberlee Hashiba And Kyla Teramoto

Wednesday - June 05, 2007
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Kimberlee Hashiba And Kyla Teramoto
Kimberlee Hashiba And Kyla Teramoto

Kimberlee Hashiba and Kyla Teramoto donated more than 195 blankets they made by hand from scrap fabrics to the Institute For Human Services’ Women and Family Shelter. As a part of their Girl Scout project, these two industrious Iolani juniors, who have been friends since kindergarten, surpassed their original goal of 60 blankets.

Hashiba says the project, which earned them the Gold Award, the highest award in Girl Scouts, taught them many things.

“We learned how to have leadership and responsibility,” she says. “We had a hard time contacting people and finding time to work on our project. We learned time management.”

The teenagers held drives around the community and at school to collect scraps. They learned to sew as they fashioned the blankets themselves. Soon others pitched in to help in the sewing efforts.

Hashiba says her mom Alison, a budget analyst, and her dad Clint, an electrical engineer, are very supportive. A typical teen, Hashiba enjoys basketball, spending time with friends, watching TV, and helping the younger Daisy Girl Scout troop.

Hashiba says her friend and partner in the effort studies really hard and is very responsible. In equal admiration, Teramoto says Hashiba is very hard-working and driven, and that they are both very focused and ambitious.

Teramoto explains one of the reasons they chose to make the blankets. “We saw how much they needed something they could call their own and feel special.”

She also notes how she felt about the families at IHS when they presented the blankets to the person in charge of distribution.

“We learned how little they had and they were content,” she says. “We saw how much we have compared to them, we felt grateful and humbled.”

Teramoto enjoys participating in school performances and driving. Her dad Ron, a physician, and mom Laurie, an office manager, fully support their daughter’s efforts.

The East Oahu residents have been in Girl Scouts since elementary school. As they prepare for their senior year of high school, they look forward to accomplishing more in the future.

The good scouts are being honored for their Gold Award June 16 at the Mission Memorial Auditorium.

- Linda Dela Cruz

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