Thursday, August 25, 2016

Calling All Stuffed Animals!

Dream of a Better World is teaming up with Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii to collect NEW and "GENTLY USED" Teddy Bears and Stuffed Animals to be shared with children who have been affected by child abuse.

The distressing facts are that nearly 4,000 suspected cases of child abuse are reported each year in Hawaii.   And, the emotional and physical pain suffered can often lead to low self esteem, drug addiction, juvenile delinquency, crime and wasted lives.

With the simple act of DONATING a stuffed animal, you will show a child that you care by providing comfort and happiness during a confusing and difficult time.  And, we will be bringing awareness to this important issue!

Please bring your new or "gently used" DONATED stuffed animal to one of our three collection sites:

1) #IPAGivesBack - Island Pacific Academy - 909 Haumea Street, Kapolei, HI


2) Na Lio Kai Pony Club - Kawailoa Ranch, HI


3) 68-505 Crozier Drive, Waialua, HI

Or, please deliver your stuffed animal to a DREAM TEAM Member. You will make a difference in the life of a child!

"You're never too young, or too old to make a difference!" 


Monday, August 22, 2016


Calling ALL Volunteers and Supporters!  HELP US honor the over 7,000 soldiers killed in action since 9/11.  Let their families know "we will NEVER forget!"

September 10th, 2016 @ 6:30 a.m. is the 5th running of the Hero's & Remembrance Run, sometimes called: "Boots on the Bridge." Dream of a Better World is back again in a big way.  This is a “no cost” event because these fallen service members, and their families, have already paid the ultimate price!  So, Dream of a Better World is stepping up to be a lead sponsor for our 4th year. We are raising money for flags, utilities and the drinking water necessary to hold this memorial event.

We need donations... if you'd like to help, just CLICK on the "Support Our Troops" DONATE button.  We also need volunteers from 6 a.m. until noon to help hand out water to the thousands of race participants. It will be an emotional, special day to honor over 7,000 fallen U.S. soldiers, killed in action since 9/11. Words can not describe the appreciation that we have for the dedication and unbelievable sacrifice of the men and women who's 7,000 + boots lined the Ford Island bridge.

This is our 5th year in partnership with Fisher House Hawaii, and our 4th as lead sponsor of this event. We could not be more proud to support our troops in this way. We recognize and honor each and very one of our military families... and know that:

We will NEVER forget!

Thank you Theresa Johnson and Anita Clingerman and the staff at Tripler Fisher House for pouring so much of your life into helping all of us remember those heroes who gave their lives for us and our country!   We will never forget the nearly 7,000 killed in action since 9/11!  The boots, the names and faces and the many tearful participants are forever etched in our hearts and minds.

For those of you who don't know, we have an on-going relationship with Tripler Fisher House and it is always a huge blessing to be apart of something so special, and to help our military families who have sacrificed so much for us.  This project was a huge success.  Last year, the kids of Dream of a Better World, with the help of a large army of classmates and neighbors and donors and volunteers, got to help put an American flag in every boot.  And, every boot had the name and face of a hero killed in combat since 9/11.

This really is a community event where hundreds of volunteers and many different businesses have reached out to help. All this is possible because of volunteers, from moms with babies in tow, to  students, civilians, veterans and service members from all branches. This is bringing everybody together.”

Thank you to EVERYONE for showing up and giving your support!  

If you'd like to register for the run, you can do so at Fisher House Hawaii:

Register for T-shirts and "official race registration" at: 
email or call 436-5543 or 
email or call (931) 217-0800.

Fisher House Hawaii is one of 61 locations worldwide supporting America's military in their time of need.  Annually, the Fisher House program serves more than 22,000 families, and have made available over 5.2 million days of lodging to family members since the program originated in 1990.  Fisher House is funded by public donations and you can donate to Tripler Fisher House on-line at or mail donations to: Tripler Fisher Houses, 317 Krukowski Rd., Honolulu, HI  96819.

Friday, July 8, 2016

REMEMBER: Dogs Are People Too!


Class of 2018 students from Island Pacific Academy join in the fun by raising awareness, supplies and  funds for the Oahu Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The OSPCA rescues, rehabilitates and protects animals from abandonment and cruelty.  Their mission is: "Every healthy, treatable animal will find a forever home."  They care for approximately 200 dogs and cats per day and nearly 2,000 animals are rescued, rehabilitated, and placed in new homes each year!

Thank you to everyone who donated and thank you to our IPA Gives Back volunteers: Shania, Elizabeth, Matty and Hannah!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016


We learned a long time ago that the best way to say: "THANK YOU," is to share the results. And, we are amazed by the results and community support from our partnership with Island Pacific Academy and their new organization:

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Graduation Gift of Giving!

Hey guys, it's Hannah!

So my big brother, fellow dream team member, and best friend, Jack, is a senior this year, which means that he's going off to college soon! He has been by my side for the past 16 years of my life, which is pretty amazing considering how loud I can be sometimes.

He is an amazing person who has a kind and generous heart, an outgoing and awe-inspiring personality, and a motivational and determined work ethic, and he has been one of my biggest supporters for my whole life. He also has the amazing ability to bring people together, make everyone feel welcome, and turn a group of people into a community and a family with nothing more than the gifts that God (and genetics) have given to him. Despite his occasional dumb jokes, obsession with pugs, and rare midnight drum practice while the rest of the family is sleeping, he is beyond a shadow of a doubt one of the most considerate, compassionate, and caring people I have ever met. Jack and his classmate's love of community service and helping others is the inspiration behind my graduation present to the bright, loving, and intelligent individuals in Island Pacific Academy's graduating class of 2016.

This IPA class is very giving, and has always been involved in community service activities and supporting their fellow students, so I want to raise funds to donate in their name to different organizations that Jack and his IPA classmates care about. But... SHHHH... I'd like to keep it a surprise as long as possible!

If you'd like to make a donation, it will be used for projects on Oahu including:

- Waianae Ridge Watershed
- The Hawaii Meth Project
- Oahu SPCA
- The Mauloa Food Bank
- Fisher House at Tripler Hospital

As always, thank you ALL for your ongoing support.  If you'd like to help with this SURPRISE PROJECT... please join in, by using the IPA Gives Back DONATE button on the upper right.  100% will go to charity!  Thank You!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Dream of a Better World Partners with Diving For a Cause in New Zealand

Here's a quick newspaper article to share more results from 2015.  Our friends and partners "Diving For a Cause" are an amazing group of adventurers who always take time out to care for the communities they visit and the world we all live in.  Here's what they have done with your help in a Maori community in New Zealand. We are fortunate to have the opportunity to work with them and they are amazing! It was especially nice because their New Zealand boat captain, Joe Burke, and his wife Kura and their kids, have been Dream of a Better World supporters for many years!  Thank you Burke family!

Here's a link to their Facebook page:

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Thank You for Another Great Year With Dream of a Better World!

We want to "THANK YOU" for helping Dream of a Better World in 2015.  Together we have made a difference in the lives of children all over the world.  Your support has delivered food to at-risk families, comforted and encouraged our sick and wounded military and veterans and their families, and have fed and cared for orphans on three continents.  And, thanks to ALL OF YOU, we have been able to help abandoned and endangered animals and our environment.

We know that picture is worth a thousand words and that one of the best ways to thank you is to share the results... so here are some of the many real results from 2016!

With Gratitude & Love, The Dream Team Kids!

Ps. We are signing off for a few months to catch up in school, write college applications and dream up more projects for 2016!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

A Special Thank You to Island Pacific Academy and Na Lio Kai Pony Club

The 4th Annual Operation Holiday Heroes (2015) was a HUGE success.  Over 130 gifts were delivered to the sick and injured residents and families of Tripler Hospital's Fisher House.  Thanks to our fellow Island Pacific Academy students and Hawaii's Na LiKai Pony Club for raising money, collecting needed items and wrapping, delivering and sharing gifts this year!

Lindsay, Hannah & Alexa
Na Lio Kai Pony Club, founded in 1993, has a mission to provide a program for youth that teaches riding, mounted sports, and the care of horses and ponies, thereby developing responsibility, moral judgment, leadership and self-confidence. Thank you Na Lio Kai for your efforts and for sending representatives: Lindsay Grimshaw, Hannah Button & Alexa Sabatini.

Kim - Back from UCLA!
Jack & Carson in action!
This is the second year that Island Pacific Academy (IPA) has pitched in to help us make a BIG difference! Thank you to fellow students, staff and former students... Kim Uehisa, Carson Lofton, everyone who donated or wrapped gifts, and Carly, Jack & Hannah Button.
Manager Anita Klingerman & residents of Fisher House.

Lots of big SMILES!

For more information or additional photos, here's a link:
Operation Holiday Heroes 2015

Sunday, December 13, 2015

We received a last minute call for help from a wonderful organization needing gifts for teens!  Glad we could support North Shore's Operation Toy Box that provides hundreds of toys and gifts to children in our community!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Seven Continents 2015

Dream of a Better World invites you to make a difference on ALL seven continents this holiday season.  Join us in celebrating by GIVING the gift of health, warmth, shelter, protection and perhaps even life itself.  GIVE the gift that helps kids and families rise from the depths of poverty and despair.  GIVE… give ANYTHING you can… and you will help change the world, literally.

This year, by CLICKING on the "WHOLE WORLD" button in the right side panel, we can split your donation and distribute it to a project on every continent.  Your gift will literally reach around the world to spread goodness and hope to those in need!  Or, you can donate to your favorite project or continent by simply clicking on their individual "DONATE" button.

Our projects range anywhere from buying back packs and school supplies for kids that can’t afford them, to helping with a vegetable garden for an orphanage in Peru. Or, even to help save the Whale Sharks in the Galapagos and Antarctica to protect them from poachers. And, we are all saddened by the recent terror attacks in France, and with your help we will be assisting the victims of this terrible crime!  

We are super excited to deliver every gift that goes towards these great projects and we well be sure that every penny goes towards its designated cause.  Together, we can make a difference again on EVERY continent.  

Thank you for your on-going support!  Love, Hannah, Jack & Carly

If you'd like to find out more about each project and all 7 continents, you can click on the "Continent" links below:

Operation Holiday Heroes 2015  
Fisher House Hawaii -Honolulu
Goal – $1,000.00
For supplies and holiday gifts for wounded veterans and their families.

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos - Peru
Growing vegetables at the orphanage in Peru
Goal –  $487.00
For a gardener, agricultural water access and plants

Maria’s Big House of Hope 2015  
Goal: $1,100.00 
For a specialized "Zipzac II" wheelchair for kids (extra funds will be used to purchase nebulizers at $60/each)

Our Own Home Uganda – 2015   
Goal : $2,000.00
For a traditional holiday celebration for 62 HIV+ kids at the orphanage.  Celebrating 6 years of incredible partnership!

Save the Whale Shark through the research efforts of explorer Jonathan Greene and the Turtle Island Restoration Network.
Goal: $1,000.00 
To help end poaching and Whale Shark population decline.

Diving for a Cause  - Whakatane, New Zealand
Goal - $700.00
For backpacks filled with school supplies for kids and needs for women, all living in a battered women’s shelter.

Europe (Fully Funded)
Victims of terrorism
$500.00 Goal Achieved!
As of 12/3/15, this project has been fully funded.  Any additional donations will go to provide assistance to families of recent domestic terrorist attack.