Aloha Dreamboard Gives Back

IOLANI SCHOOLS

The future of our world is in our children’s hands. What do you do to make sure they succeed and make a difference in the world?


For Aloha Dreamboard founder Tiare Thomas, she has brought her passion for manifesting dreams to the classrooms at Iolani Schools this summer, holding a workshop for 10 to 12-year-old students who attend summer school.

“It makes me happy to do this because I feel a connection there because my grandparents got married at the chapel. Papa also coached at the school, became a dorm advisor and started the letterman’s club. Growing up, I took private tennis lessons from one of my nana’s girlfriend there.”


This summer marks the third year of Aloha Dreamboard making an impact in the children’s lives. “I have this great opportunity to offer a workshop to the kids and create a vision map of the life they want to lead which includes their career path.”

Throughout the workshop, Tiare guides the students into listing all the things they want in their life, using various images to anchor those in. Initially a one day workshop, Tiare has expanded the workshop into two days so that the students could create their lifeboards on the first day and spend the second day sharing their personal desires and dreams they listed on their boards.

She initially asks them, “How would you like to be the boss of your own life?”

“The students get excited when they realize that today is focused on creating the life that they desire to live. They get to explore, create and have a lot of fun.”

Using guided visualization, this manifesting woman chooses specific categories and have the students imagine what they would do in those categories. Having them close their eyes to imagine all the possibilities, Tiare shares how they become fidgety and open one eye from time to time, peeking at the other students.

“What would you do if you had $100? How about $1,000? $10,000?”

The more the money grows, the more children get excited. When asked what they would do with that money, students call out ideas of owning a dream home, car and private island. Some actually mention putting the money into savings or in stocks.

“The difference between kids and adults is that the things that adults would find most impossible or unnecessary are the things the kids wind up gluing on their life boards.”

But at the end of it all, each human being, those I've done dreamboard sessions with, always ends up having the desire to give back to the world.  

“I simply want to leave a sense of joy, love and hope. If I could just impact one child to help them dream bigger, and to see the world in a sense where there’s a place for them to use their gift, for them to feel more courageous and feel more excited about their life, that’s what fuels me, that’s what I strive for when I do these workshops for the kids.”
— Tiare Thomas, Founder of Aloha Dreamboard

Tiare feels grateful to have the opportunity to connect with the children and help them to raise their confidence and gain more clarity in what their passions are. She truly appreciates that her friend, John Rankin, reached out to her about speaking to the kids at Iolani Schools.

“I learn so much about myself and life in general from the students here at Iolani. Observing them and hearing the things they want to live out opens up my mind and inspires me. They are brilliant, creative, courageous and they’re so much fun. And I feel like they bring out the kid in me.”

Maui Dreamers of Today & Leaders of Tomorrow

We just finished up another fun and inspiring experience with the kids of Maui. This was our second year leading our lifeboard, dreamboard classes with Iao Intermediate School, thanks to a very caring and inspiring teacher, Ms. Joann Yap.

Ms. Yap's 8th grade Home Economics class focused in on creating a written and visual overview of the life they want to live. This made for an ideal segue from their nutrition quarter in class into career.

The energetic Maui students learned how their health and well being can effect all areas in their life. And in order to be successful in their career, it is important for them to keep happy, healthy, and active in all areas of their life, including their creative choices.

Our founder and dream coach, Tiare Thomas, lead 160 students with the intention of bringing awareness to each individual student that it's possible to create a life they will love and have a successful career that can actually be a lot of fun. Thomas shared with the class how their health and well being, relationships with others, creativity, and how they want to be of service to the world are all linked to career.

"To know the kids of today will soon be our leaders of tomorrow, I believe it's our calling to groom them into being authentic, innovative and happy individuals. The more our kids feel inspired to pursue and live their dreams and supported by our community, in return, our community will thrive." says Thomas.

Two of the many significant questions Thomas asked was, "How do you want to feel in your career?" Most students wrote things down like, "Happy" and "Fun." and "If you had everything you could ever ask for, including all the money in the world, what world issues would you like to share your money and power with to help make a difference?" Majority of the students added "help the homeless," "cure cancer," and "help kids in need."

Imagine a world where more of our youth understands the significance of this. Let's keep this movement going, encourage, and support our children around the world to enhance universal happiness. Who else is with us?!

Tawny, Kendall, and Kylee take pride in their dreams. These girls are so fun & kept the energy up in class.

Tawny, Kendall, and Kylee take pride in their dreams. These girls are so fun & kept the energy up in class.

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A group shot of the last class of the day.

A group shot of the last class of the day.