Blessing a New Playground

Ewa by Gentry and community members join IPR Hawaii in blessing a newly constructed playground

ewa-by-gentry-playground-blessing-thomas-gentry-community-park-photo-ipr-hawaii Members of the Ewa by Gentry Community Association (EbGCA) Dela LaFleur Assistant General Manager, Alex Bresslauer Board of Directors Vice President, Jim Dodson Executive Director, and Darren Martinez IPR Hawaii Account Executive (not pictured) cut the lei under the direction of Kahu Kordell Kekoa during a playground blessing ceremony for the newly installed playground equipment, by IPR Hawaii, at the Thomas H. Gentry Community Park in Ewa Beach, HI, Thursday, June 16. (photo by Ron Caspi)

Members of the Ewa by Gentry Community Association (from left to right) Dela LaFleur Assistant General Manager, Alex Bresslauer Board of Directors Vice President, Jim Dodson Executive Director, and Darren Martinez IPR Hawaii Account Executive, cut the lei under the direction of Kahu Kordell Kekoa during a playground blessing ceremony for the newly installed playground equipment, by IPR Hawaii, at the Thomas H. Gentry Community Park in Ewa Beach, HI, Thursday, June 16. (photo by Ron Caspi)

There’s nothing like seeing the the faces of children as they rush towards a new playground for the first time.  IPR Hawaii recently had the honor of participating in the blessing and unveiling for one of our newly constructed playgrounds at the Thomas H. Gentry Community Park in Ewa Beach on Thursday, June 16th.

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Ewa by Gentry community members bow their heads in prayer as Kahu Kordell Kekoa leads a blessing ceremony for the opening of their new neighborhood playground. (photo by Ron Caspi)

The official grand opening of the playground was preceded by a Hawaiian blessing by Kahu Kordell Kekoa who included the community families to participate and share in the blessing.  Children gave their own blessings for the safety of all and pledged to help do their part to care for their families and the new playground.  The ceremony was a touching way to acknowledge and celebrate the new playground while creating an important opportunity to gather community members together to share in the pride and excitement in their neighborhood.

Dela LaFleur, Assistant General Manager of the Ewa by Gentry Community Association had this to say about the playground blessing, “Working with IPR Hawaii has always been a great experience for us. This project was especially meaningful because our staff, several representatives from IPR and many of the residents all gathered together to participate in a blessing for the new playground. IPR Hawaii organized a beautiful ceremony that people are still talking about weeks later.”

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Children enjoy the newly constructed playground, by IPR Hawaii, for the first time at the Thomas H. Gentry Community Park. (photo by Ron Caspi)

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Bird’s eye view of the new playground in the Thomas H. Gentry Community Park. (photo by Ron Caspi)

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