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Special Olympics Hawaii E-Newsletter

August 2014


Local Law Enforcement are Rising to the Challenge

Dozens of local law enforcement are busy getting themselves into tip top shape as they prepare to rise to the challenge for this year’s 13th Annual Special Olympics Hawai’i Cop on Top fundraiser. Law enforcement officials across O’ahu and Kaua’i, will climb atop 14-foot scaffolds for three successive days, from August 28-30, 2014, to raise awareness for the local nonprofit organization and funds for Special Olympics athletes.


This year, Cop on Top will be held at Walmart stores statewide as well as locations around O’ahu including all Sam’s Club stores, Aikahi Park Shopping Center, Kāne‘ohe Bay Shopping Center and Hawai‘i Kai Shopping Center. Maui and Hawai’i Island’s Cop on Top event will take place from September 25 – 27 at Walmart stores on those islands.


“This is the fourth year we have hosted Cop on Top at our Hawai’i stores and we are thrilled to welcome everyone back for another great year,” said Rey Armijo, Walmart Hawai’i Market Manager. “Cop on Top is an event we are incredibly honored to be a part of and support, providing a venue for these selfless law enforcement officers and helping to raise funds for these inspiring athletes.”


Since 2001 Cop on Top has raised more than $2,253,000 to benefit Special Olympics Hawai’i.

Bus-ing a Move for Special Olympics West Hawai‘i


By Denise Lindsey, Special Olympics West Hawai‘i Area Director


We’ve got lots of people pulling for Special Olympics, but one of our favorite ways is during our annual “Bus-A-Move” Bus Pull.  This year it was held on August 16 and more than 100 participants pulled to make Special Olympics West Hawai‘i a stronger program.


Each year, teams of 10 muster all of their strength to “Move that Bus” at Kona Commons and pull a Roberts Hawaii Charter Bus. The Bus Pull is an opportunity for the community and Special Olympics West Hawai‘i to have fun while enjoying in some friendly competition.


Special Olympics West Hawai‘i would like to thank our event site sponsor Kona Commons, Roberts Hawaii for donating the all-important bus, Matson Navigation for providing the rope, Hawaii Photoman, Force Enterprises, Airgas Hawaii, as well as the many other local companies who contributed to making this event a success!


Thanks to our great teams, this year our event raised more than $2,000 for our area athletes!



Over the Edge Takes to New Heights, November 8

This year, Over the Edge isn’t just going higher – it’s going to the Hyatt. A new partnership with the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa will allow participants to enjoy a brand new experience – rappelling 400 feet (80 feet more than in previous years) down the iconic hotel for this year’s Over the Edge event to benefit Special Olympics Hawai‘i.


Registration is now open for this year’s Sixth Annual Over the Edge event on Saturday, Nov. 8, 2014. Rappel spots will be reserved exclusively for individuals or groups that commit to raise a minimum of $1,000 in donations per rappel to benefit Special Olympics Hawai‘i by the day of the fundraiser. Participants must be at least 18 years of age by Nov. 8, and weigh less than 300 pounds to participate. To sign up, participants can register online at


Those who want to support Special Olympics Hawai'i but do not know someone going Over the Edge can also make a donation at


“Special Olympics athletes are always reaching for new heights and have been such an inspiration to me personally that I’m thrilled to help bring this event to the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa and for our organization to support their good work,” said David Nadelman, Area Vice President of Hyatt Resorts in Hawaii and honorary chair of this year’s Over the Edge event. “I’ve participated in Over the Edge in the past and the fear and excitement of rappelling down one of Waikiki’s tallest buildings pales in comparison to the challenges these athletes and their families overcome every day.”


Additionally, early registrants from now through August 30 will enjoy a fifty percent discount on their registration deposit (the deposit will go up to its regular price of $100 deposit after August 30). The deposit may be counted towards the $1,000 minimum goal or refunded once the minimum goal is reached.


Since 2009 Over the Edge has raised more than $700,000 for Special Olympics Hawai‘i allowing the local nonprofit to continue to provide services to more than 3,500 athletes from across the state. This year, the organization hopes to raise $150,000 to help fund the upcoming Holiday Classic competition in November.



Get Groceries and Give Aloha

From September 1-30, Foodland supporters can get their groceries and give back to local nonprofits – including Special Olympics Hawai‘i! Shoppers are invited to make donations up to $249 (per organization, per person) at checkout, using their own Maika'i card to make a donation.


At checkout, simply present your Maika'i card (or give your 10-digit number) and inform the cashier that you would like to make a donation to Special Olympics Hawai‘i. If you do not have a Maika'i account, you can set one up at check out.


Make sure to keep Special Olympics Hawai‘i’s five-digit code handy: 77129


Tell the cashier how much you would like to donate and your donation will be added to your grocery purchase total. You may donate up to $249 per organization (any amount in excess of $249 per organization will not be matched).


Additionally, the Western Union Foundation will match a portion of each donation made with a Maika'i card.

SPONSOR FEATURE: Cop on Top Sponsors


Mahalo to the companies helping to support this year’s 13th Annual Special Olympics Hawai’i Cop on Top event!



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