Educational agencies such as Windows of Opportunity Tutoring, or WooHawai‘i, have developed lesson plans to honor this realm of thinking while also giving parents the opportunity to continue working as their keiki enjoy learning and engage in an extension of education outside of their regular school year.
WooHawaii has joined forces with some of the island’s finest artists, musicians and educators to offer the Maui Summer Art and Music Lesson and ARTS Summer Day Camp Programs.
WooHawai‘i has made affordable, flexible art and music choices available at the working studios of Maui’s creative spirits, with summer value plans for ages 8 and up. From May 30 through June 29, these unique classes are offered for $56 a week, and the day camp in Kīhei will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It includes two hours each of music, arts, academic tutoring and special projects, activities and field trips, with transportation available for Kīhei residents for a nominal fee.
“This news is vital to our Maui community and families who are currently seeking out summer options for their kids, which, as you know, are very limited on Maui,” said David Barber of WOO.
“During the summer break, parents often worry about kids having too much free time and getting into mischief,” said Thomas Beran, the academic director of WooHawai‘i.
Beran likes that these programs also give kids a “much-needed way to express themselves in a fun, educational environment” where they use energies in a productive way, while acquiring valuable skills from some Maui’s vibrant talents, such as renowned sculptor and painter Kim Mosley and world-famous performer Terri Garrison.
“As a mother, I searched for creative outlets for my son for this summer, and the options were limited, restrictive and too expensive,” said Garrison.