Elementary Students Raise $25,000 for American Heart Association

Christina Yasutomi

First grader Ryan Mukawa learns to hula hoop through the American Heart Association's Kids Heart Challenge. HBA raised more than $25,000 for the organization on March 15. Photo by Rachel Kaneshiro.

HBA’s elementary students raised more than $25,000 for the American Heart Association by participating in the organization’s Kids Heart Challenge. Through the challenge, students learn the basics of heart physiology and the benefits of cardio exercise, including jumping rope, swinging hula hoops around their hips and skipping. Students raise funds by collecting donations from friends and family members. All of the funds go to helping children with special hearts. 

According to the association, HBA’s donation is the second largest in the state, which is led by Kamehameha Schools.