Did this: Project Focus opening reception

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Project Focus Hawaii, a photography internship for children, worked with 14 children from Down Syndrome Ohana of Hawaii this summer to teach them photography skills, goal setting and building self esteem. Their summer project culminated with an unveiling of their photography work at Davies Pacific Center Saturday night.

The exhibit will be on display at the Davies Pacific Center throughout August, then will move to Kahala Mall from Sept. 9 through 19, and Kapiolani Medical Center Sept. 19-26.

This year’s exhibit is themed “Shine: Inspiring Joy Through Their Eyes,” and showcases black-and-white photography by the Project Focus participants and the project founders, Lisa Uesugi and Laurie Breeden Callies.

Did this: Project Focus opening reception

About 600 people filled the Davies Pacific Center courtyard and adjacent meeting room to show their support at Project Focus' opening reception. In addition to meeting the kids who participated in this year's program, there was live entertainment and food from renowned Oahu chefs.

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The evening was capped off with a performance by Cecilio and Kapono, which was enjoyed by the crowd, but especially by the Project Focus participants. Here’s a video of “Good Time Together,” which brought everyone to their feet.

7 comments
rhtakara
rhtakara

Thanks for capturing a special moment - especially for my friends Alicia and Glenn. They loved the videos, especially w/ their daughter in it.

EurekaGal
EurekaGal

Aww. Nice to see some familiar faces turning out for a really good cause. The food looked ono, too!

nonstopmari
nonstopmari moderator

beautiful way to start a sunday. everybody looked happy, and c&k seemed to totally get into it too.

DianeSeo
DianeSeo

I saw last year's Project Focus at Kahala Mall, and I found myself lingering to study all the pictures and read all the captions. I'm definitely going to check this one out. Love that they shoot in black and white.

Melissa808
Melissa808 moderator

@DianeSeo yes, something about black and white gives it an overall warmth!