In 1957, the Wolfhounds hosted children from the Holy Family Home for an once-in-a-lifetime trip in Hawaii. That tradition has continued every year for 54 years and continues today.
Summer, 2008: Wolfhounds greet children from the Holy Family Home as they arrive in Hawaii.
Four children from the Holy Family Home come to Hawai‘i — for most it’s their first trip outside Japan — and are hosted for two weeks by volunteer Wolfhound families whose goal is to show them all the aloha, love, and affection they can.
After stepping off the airplane, the children are greeted with lei upon lei—a tradition in Hawaii—until just their eyes peek out. Then they get to meet their host families and although there’s an initial language barrier, it’s quickly broken. As past host parent Ambrose Crump said, “We don’t need words to show what a family is about.” [Honolulu Star-Advertiser, July 28, 2010]
The children get the chance to be a part of a family and experience local life in Hawaii—from learning how to surf, to visiting landmarks such as Diamond Head, Waikiki Aquarium, Kualoa Ranch, and the Polynesian Cultural Center, to having a big picnic with the extended Wolfhound family. They meet the soldiers, spend time on base, see what a Wolfhound’s day-to-day life is like, and most importantly, they get to spend time with other kids doing what kids do best: play.
For many of these visiting orphans, ranging in age from ten to twelve years old, this long anticipated visit may prove to be the highlight of their young lives. Peace Bridge and the Wolfhounds aim to give them the kind of
memories they can treasure for a lifetime. And in the process, these kids become ambassadors of aloha, which we hope will not only broaden their horizons (and those of their friends back at the orphanage), but give them the courage and confidence to imagine their futures in new and positive ways.
A behind-the-scenes tour of the zoo
On Christmas day in 1949, a dozen soldiers from the 27th Infantry Regiment “Wolfhounds” accompanied a Red Cross field representative to a holiday party at the Holy Family Home orphanage. Thus began the Legacy that has endured for over 60 years!
Father Christmas pays his annual
visit to the Holy Family Home.
Every Christmas since 1958, with the exception of four years during the Vietnam War, soldiers of the 27th Infantry Regiment have purchased gifts for each child of the Holy Family Home orphanage. These gifts are hand
carried by “Father Christmas” and his assistant (two Wolfhound soldiers) to Osaka for the children.
The tradition continues to this day.
Peace Bridge, Inc. is working to expand on the Wolfhound Legacy by providing deserving Holy Family Home children the opportunity to further
their studies in the United States.
Our goal is to give children who would not otherwise have the opportunity to make more of their lives by pursuing a higher degree.
Please contact us for how you can participate in this program.