I get it. A Hawaii vacation is supposed to be all about rest and relaxation—maybe a little adventure, too. But, your visit can also be a great opportunity to give to a local cause. And, if you’re visiting Hawaii soon—or are already here—you have the chance to help a Honolulu hospital for children.

Saturday, October 17th, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu will host a fashion event from 1-3 p.m. at the Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki. If you stop by, you can enjoy a 10% discount on purchases, and the hospital will receive 10% of the sales to support its life-transforming services.

This amazing fundraiser in Hawaii is actually part of a larger, national effort called #CutTheBull, which aims to curb bullying, and October is National Bullying Prevention Month.

For Shriners Hospitals for Children®, which dedicates its time, money and resources to helping children with physical illnesses, injuries, and impairments, the issue is especially near-and-dear to its heart. That’s because children with physical challenges are twice as likely to be bullied. According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, this greatly impacts their educational, physical and emotional development. For the event, Shriners Hospitals for Children® is once again partnering with award-winning actor, model, philanthropist, and patient ambassador, RJ Mitte to encourage the public to #CutTheBull.

Photo: Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu

The patient ambassadors will model in the fashion show, which runs from 1-1:30 on Saturday, Oct. 17th.

Saturday, several of the Honolulu Shriners Hospital’s patient ambassadors will be modeling at Calypso St. Barth from 1-1:30 p.m. with celebrity models, Denby, Darah and Dana Dung. Style expert, Lance Rae, will emcee. For visitors to Honolulu and Waikiki, the event is right in the heart of the shopping district. So, if you’ve booked a stay through Hawaii Aloha Travel at a hotel in [haw]Waikiki[/haw], you’ll be right around the corner.

Some of the hospital’s patients received care at the Honolulu Shriners Hospital for routine orthopaedic issues and sports injuries, and Shriners physicians and rehabilitation specialists helped them get back into sports and physical activities. Others needed life-transforming care for rare bone, muscle and joint conditions including Alyshia Shimizu, 21, who survived flesh-eating disease and endured bullying as a child. A beauty queen and Honolulu City Council honoree, Alyshia credits the Honolulu Shriners Hospital for healing her skin and her spirit.

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Photo: Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu

The event is part of a national campaign for National Bullying Prevention Month and #CutTheBull.

“Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu and Calypso St. Barth are honored to see Shriners patient ambassadors as model students and young adults. For some, this is their first fashion show, yet they are walking with confidence, saying ‘no’ to bullying, and living their dreams without limits,” said Mahealani Richardson, Director of Public Relations, Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu.

Before the fashion show, each patient will have their makeup and hair styled by Black Cat Salon + Spa in Kaimuki.

“It’s been an absolute delight seeing our patients during their fashion fittings. The smiles on their faces are priceless!” said Richardson.

Shriners Hospitals for Children-Honolulu provides specialty pediatric care for children with orthopaedic conditions, sports injuries and neurodevelopmental conditions. The hospital welcomes children up to 18 with or without health insurance regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Who says you can’t do a good deed while on vacation? And, better yet, get some shopping done at the same time!

For more information about #CutTheBull, visit CutTheBull.org or to learn more about the Honolulu Shriners Hospital, visit www.shrinershonolulu.org.

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