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Locations Foundation Kicks Off ‘Backpack to School’


For the 20th year in a row, the Locations Foundation will donate brand-new backpacks stuffed with school supplies to children in need across Oahu for its annual Backpack to School initiative. To help fill this need, the Foundation is seeking donations of school supplies.

“Backpack to School gives keiki in need the opportunity to start the new school year on the right foot,” said Jodie Tamaye, Realtor-Associate® at Locations.

Since its beginning in 2001, Backpack to School has donated thousands of backpacks filled with paper, pencils and more, to various local nonprofits.

“We'll be filling 500 backpacks this year - it's a small gift, but we hope that it will have a big impact on our keiki--especially after the challenges of the last year,” Tamaye added.

Where to drop off donations

Members of the community are invited to donate supplies to the Backpack to School drive at the following Locations sites during business hours (Mon. – Fri., 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) from Sun., July 4 until Wed., July 14:

  • Diamond Head: 614 Kapahulu Ave. #300 (Same building as Side Street Inn on Da Strip) 
  • Kailua: 151 Hekili St. #120 (Near Boots & Kimo's) 
  • Kapolei: 91-710 Farrington Hwy. #120 (Next to Walmart) 
  • Mililani: 95-720 Lanikuhana Ave. #120 (Next to Central Pacific Bank) 
  • Pearlridge: 98-161 Kaonohi St. (Near Bed, Bath & Beyond) 
  • Any Locations Open House between July 4 and July 14

What supplies are needed?

  • Folder paper, wide rule 
  • Composition books, wide rule 
  • Colored pencils (12 pack) 
  • Crayola crayons (24 pack) 
  • Pens, black and red 
  • Highlighters, yellow 
  • #2 pencils 
  • Erasers, white 
  • Glue sticks