‘Wolfhound’ ohana opens home

| August 13, 2014 | 0 Comments
Seiryu Kobayashi (middle row, left) and Daiki Yamaguchi (middle row, right), children from the Holy Family Home Orphanage in Osaka, Japan, pose with their host family during a regimental picnic at Stoneman Field, Aug. 1. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Seiryu Kobayashi (middle row, left) and Daiki Yamaguchi (middle row, right), children from the Holy Family Home Orphanage in Osaka, Japan, pose with their host family during a regimental picnic at Stoneman Field, Aug. 1. (Photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

Visit strengthens bond

Story and photo by Sgt. Brian Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs, 25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Opening up their home to orphans from the Holy Family Home, has been a life-changing opportunity for one “Wolfhound” family.

“I have always thought this was a cool program; I couldn’t wait to be involved,” said 2nd Lt. Matt Farrar, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

The Farrar family was able to make Seiryu Kobayashi and Daiki Yamaguchi a part of their family for the first week of their visit to Hawaii.

Having been stationed with the Wolfhounds before, the Farrars made sure they were way ahead of the curve and got their names in early to be a part of this opportunity.

The boys from Japan wasted no time before they became involved within the family.

“It was amazing how quickly they fit in. Immediately, the big ones started looking after the little ones in our house,” said Tina Farrar, spouse.

The family hasn’t missed a beat since they opened up their doors. Daiki and Seiryu have been a part of everything the family is doing from karate class to meeting the teachers for the Farrar’s oldest child.

“It’s really neat that these kids get to be a part of a family and really be able to take ownership of one another,” said the second lieutenant.

Having four children of their own, the Farrars wondered how well their children would be able to get along with their house guests from Japan.

“The other day at the water park, I sat back and watched the kids interact in line, and you could not tell there was any type of language barrier at all,” said 2nd Lt. Farrar.

Not only have the children bonded with the two boys, they have also learned valuable lessons, according to their dad.

“This visit has opened my children’s minds about how awarding it is to help others who are less fortunate than themselves,” said 2nd Lt. Farrar.

The Farrars were sad to see it end, but know that every moment with these kids was a “blessing” to their family.

They hope they will get the opportunity to host children in the future.

“It has been an honor. These are great kids, and they have taught our kids a lot,” said Tina. “I can’t imagine not doing this again.”

This year marks the 57th annual Holy Family Home summer visit, a tradition which has come to define the 65-year perpetual relationship between the regiment and the orphanage.

The visits began when two orphans were invited to visit the Wolfhounds in 1957. The tradition continues today, said Yuko O’Reilly, known as the “mother of the Wolfhounds.”

The success of the Holy Family Home visit this year strengthens civil-military bonds on Oahu and encourages other units to reach out to civil partners to do the same.

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