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Parker School to hold its annual auction gala for financial aid

Parker School will host Kahiau, its 8th annual auction gala on March 2 at the Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii. All proceeds from the event go to financial aid at the school. The Hawaiian word “kahiau” means “to give generously from the heart,” and every year Parker puts on the gala so people can come together in a fun way to bid and give to help provide educational opportunities for West Hawaii children.

The night will include dinners and an opportunity to bid on hundreds of exciting silent and live auction items, including a helicopter trip to Niihau, a white water rafting trip on the South Fork of the American River, an Alaskan cruise, a five-night stay at the Four Seasons Bora Bora, original paintings by Martha Greenwell and Gary Ackerman, jewelry, health and spa packages, fine dining experiences, and much more. Guests can also participate in activities such as “First Bidder Frenzy” in which they will have the opportunity to win an overnight stay at the Four Seasons Hualalai, and “Bubbly & Bling,” for the chance to receive a custom-made elegant pendant necklace by Simply for Fun jewelry company.

More than 50 percent of the 250 kindergarten through 12th grade students at Parker receive some form of financial assistance, and Kahiau, the school’s largest fundraiser of the year, is key in making this possible. Tickets to the adults-only gala are $175. Call 885-8709, email advancement@parkerschool.net, or visit www.parkerschool.net for more information.