The nonprofit Keiki Kōkua is a practical resource providing assistance to foster and adoptive parents to help them successfully raise and nurture the children in their care.
Over 150 children, youth, parents and caregivers attended the fun-filled social event for the foster, adoptive, legal guardianship, and kinship care communities of Maui County.
The keiki enjoyed games, prizes, face painting and a delightful magic show and storytelling by Jolie the Clown. The children were thrilled with their realistic removable airbrush tattoos from Maui TAT Zone.
Clowning around. At the Keiki Kōkua Pizza Party on the Beach, kids enjoyed a delightful magic show and storytelling by Jolie the Clown.
Photo: Johanna Thompson
The kids also enjoyed riding and painting Mana, a big, gentle, white horse from Mana Pony Parties. Upcountry Rotarian Matt Daniells and his wife, Sandy, provided horses for the older youth. Other members of the Rotary club also volunteered to help with activities.
While the keiki enjoyed the fun, parents and caregivers relaxed and connected with each other, finding inspiration and support through networking with other caring adults.
Keiki Kōkua wishes to thank the Daniells, Pat and Mary-Liz Smith, Jeff W. Ellison, and Dale and Ted Kozlo for their generous contributions to this event, and to volunteers from the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui and Youth With a Mission for their assistance.
Keiki Kōkua would also like to thank Polli’s Mexican Restaurant, which donated chicken wings, and Giannotto’s Pizzeria and Serpico’s Pizzeria for supplying the pizza. The organization offers a special thanks to the County of Maui for helping make these events possible.
Keiki Kōkua hosts its beach pizza party each August, and the organization holds a Foster Teen Christmas Party in December at the Grand Wailea Resort & Spa, where youth enjoy a wonderful, fun-filled day of swimming, arcades, great food and a Chinese Gift Exchange.