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National Volunteer Week – Oshibana

National Volunteer Week Spotlight
Oshibana Artisans of NTBG

Founded in the late 1970‘s

It’s National Volunteer Week and we are celebrating our amazing volunteers! Our volunteers donate their talent, skill, and time to expand the mission of NTBG. Throughout the week, we are highlighting the diverse work of NTBG’s amazing volunteers. Today’s spotlight is our Oshibana Artisans of NTBG group.

National Volunteer Week spotlight - Oshibana Artisans of NTBG

President’s Volunteer Service Award

Congratulations to our Oshibana team on their President’s Volunteer Service Award. Their combined donation of talent, materials, and over 7,000 volunteer hours in 2019 alone is stunning. Thank you for helping us save plants through crafting and fundraising ⭐🌟⭐

National Volunteer Week spotlight - Oshibana Artisans of NTBG - volunteers making masks for Kauai hospital to help combat COVID-19
National Volunteer Week spotlight - Oshibana Artisans of NTBG - volunteers making masks for Kauai hospital to help combat COVID-19

Our Oshibana volunteer group started early on in NTBG history. Our first supporters and volunteers began Na Lima Kokua (The Helping Hands) in the late 1970s to help NTBG fund-raise through plant and craft sales. Today, we have over 400 active volunteers who donate nearly 30,000 hours annually. Oshibana is still among our most active groups, crafting from home and on-site every week. Their crafts are sold at both the Limahuli and South Shore visitor centers.

Oshibana quickly adapted to COVID-19 by switching from their usual crafting to sewing masks for local medial professionals. In one week, their team was able to fill an order for 100 masks! They are continuing to craft from home; Their latest batch of masks is keeping NTBG essential staff safe at work.

Want to craft at home during COVID-19 and mail or drop off your items? Head to our volunteer page to register.

Thanks for all you do, Oshibana!

Support Oshibana and their mission to fundraise by donating today!