DIY Class: Natural Lip Balm

Yesterday in our DIY class, we put our chemist hats on, sharpened our chef skills and got to work on all natural homemade lip balm. We used Martha Stewart’s recipe to achieve the base of our recipe, then tweaked it a little to make it a little more fun. We used a little dab of red lipstick to the mixture to add a splash of color. All the girls loved it!

MATERIALS

  • grated unbleached beeswax
  • 5 teaspoons carrier oil (sunflower, castor, or jojoba) in this case, we used coconut oil.
  • 6 or 7 drops essential oil (we used peppermint and lavender)
  • 1 teaspoon honey, for flavor

STEPS

  1. STEP 1

    Melt the beeswax and carrier oil together in the top of a double boiler, stirring to combine. Remove from heat; add honey and essential oil. Mix thoroughly so the honey does not clump.

  2. STEP 2

    To add a little color, stir in a tiny dab of lipstick with a coffee stirrer. Pour the mixture into containers; let sit 20 minutes before covering or moving. For glossier lip balm, use 2 teaspoons wax and 8 teaspoons carrier oil.

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The finished product!

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September Youth of the Month!

Every month, each member of the staff recognizes an individual who displays a level of excellence above others. This month, we chose Tauloa Seei, Tiare Day, Quinlan Bactad-Paulino, Abbey Dunn and Kaeo Lessary. We made a day out of it with food, drinks and homemade desserts from our leadership team! Alongside this fun-filled event, we also celebrated the birth of our staff member, Ms. Tee and member Alika Lee!IMG_1767

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Some of our Leadership team: Jayden, Emily and Mauree.
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Happy Birthday Alika!

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National Pet Day!

To celebrate the joy pets bring to our lives and to create public awareness about the plight of many different kinds of animals awaiting a forever home in shelters all across the nation, we decided to make an event of it! Our members came dressed up like their favorite four-legged friends, painted signs and went sign waving around Kailua town. Our members loved the preparation and love spreading the message about loving your pet, treating it like a member of your family and being kind to our furry friends!

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Fall Break Recap: Super Troopers

One of the many activities we did during fall break was an “Island Circle” Bus Tour. Our intermediate members were super troopers, lasting (with only minor complaints) the entire day on the bus, only to stop for a quick bathroom and lunch break at Waimea Bay. We taught the members (most of whom hadn’t rode the public bus ever in their life!) how to use a bus transfer, read bus schedules and bus routes, and had them make valuable observations in a journal. We think they learned to appreciate the luxury of being driven everywhere, because by the end of the 7-hour day, all they wanted to do was run home or get picked up by their parents. See pictures from our exciting adventure below!

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Fall Break Recap: Hiking 101

One of the many activities we did over Fall Break was a 2.5-mile loop trail on Oahu’s north-eastern side in the small rural town of Hauula. We took a nice, long bus ride, spotted a donkey farm, learned about indigenous and invasive plant species, learned to navigate through the wilderness, find which direction was north (from the growth of the moss on trees) and had an overall great bonding adventure! Take a look at our members getting their workout on!

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Fall Break Recap: 2014 Keiki Caucus’ Children and Youth Summit

On Oct. 1, more than 200 youth and child advocates headed to the 19th Annual Children and Youth Summit at the State Capitol to focus on issues important to the well-being of children and youth in Hawaii. The Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii Windward Clubhouse was in attendance.

Panels of experts spoke on subjects relating to the economy, jobs, early learning, homelessness, health, education, civil rights and sustainability. In small group discussions, youth and adult attendees identified legislative priority areas.

One of our members, Katherine Glenn volunteered to present what the environment group came up with. She was a standout presenter, achieving a standing ovation from the crowd!

“Hawaii Children and Youth Summit is where teenagers and adults get together at the State Capitol,” says Glenn. “We talked about current issues that we felt affected Hawaii. Our group got to talk to senators, representatives, and CEO’s of different companies. I had a lot of fun speaking about the environment and what we can do to change the environment for the better.”

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