The Gift Shop That Keeps Giving

By Erin Abigail Marden
Wednesday - June 09, 2010 Share

By Erin Abigail Marden, Publicity Chair
Boutiki


Boutiki is a volunteer-run gift shop located on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. Since its inception in 1973, Boutiki has donated more than three quarters of a million dollars back to the community.

Boutiki’s profits are donated annually to charity, and the money stays here on Oahu to benefit our military ohana. This year we gave more than $30,000 to local organizations, including the Red Cross, USO and Navy Hale Keiki school along with Hale Kula Elementary School and many others.

The Contemporary Museum has a military family out-reach program enabled in part by funding from Boutiki.


 

Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii provides scholarships to military dependents to participate in lessons and horse-care classes. Funding also has enabled the Wounded Warrior Division to work on strength, balance and coordination with the horses.

Boutiki president Julie Smith (left) presents a donation to Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii board directors Sue and Neil Szanyi

Boutiki’s greatest challenge is getting the word out that we are here. We offer a selection of unique gift items, jewelry and home accessories from local and international artists. Anyone can shop here.

Our core of volunteers now encompass all branches of military services, but we are always looking for volunteers, as we have a need for help in all areas. Our main fundraiser is the annual tour of homes in December. Coming up in August we have our tag sale, and the first week of October we have a Christmas open house. Join us and help make a difference in our military community.


Boutiki can be reached at 422-6662, or find us on Facebook, keyword “Boutiki.”

Or stop by and see us! We are located at 640 Club Road, Pearl Harbor, Hi 96860 on the left just past Scott pool. Our hours of operation are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday.


Hawaii charitable organizations may send requests for space in either Proof Positive or the free advertisement below to dchapman@midweek.com.

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