Aloha spirit accompanies medical evacuees: Student’s Mayday Kits close to his heart

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High school student Chaden Shimaoka-Bello learned about meeting deadlines, reaching out for help from the community and staying organized.

But the aloha spirit he included in each care package created for his Kamehameha Schools Hawaii senior legacy project flowed from empathy rather than obligation.

“Just to give them a little bit of our culture is really important to me,” Shimaoka-Bello said Friday outside the Hilo Medical Center emergency room.

That’s where patients who his project serves arrive — some with life-threatening head injuries, in need of heart surgery, during the aftermath of traumatic auto crashes and with a variety of other neurological, cardiovascular and orthopedic crises.

Read full article by By JEFF HANSEL Hawaii Tribune-Herald