Today we would like to share this great news about our students helped to make a wish come true by restore a truck.
Hawai‘i Community College (Hawai‘i CC) Auto Body Repair and Painting students took part in a project to make a local 17-year old’s wish come true.
The 17-year-old resident, Kaikua suffers from kidney disease and his wish – to restore his family’s 2008 Toyota Tacoma truck – was granted by Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
By collaborating with other local automotive businesses, they made the truck look like almost a new model truck! On Dec 5, there was a revealing event to Kaikua and his family where Hawai‘i CC’s Auto Body Repair and Painting students joined. Kaikua couldn’t tell if it’s the same truck as it looked so different. It was a special day for everyone. It was a lot of work but they took so much pride in their work. As Hawai‘i CC members, we were so proud to hear this news.
What is Make-A-Wish?
They are a non-profit organization to fulfill wishes for those children who are fighting with critical illnesses. They operate not only in the US but around 50 other countries.
Auto Body Repair & Painting program
Hawai‘i CC offers vocational training programs and this program is one of them. This program helps train a workforce in the local automotive industry. They learn how to fix collision damages and make metal/plastic surfaces shiny/clean and more. It was founded in 1966. Two professors in this program were both graduates from this program and worked in the automotive industry then returned to teach.