Maui's keiki from pre-school to middle school will be celebrated, engaged and entertained on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. at the 7th Annual Maui Children and Youth Day. This free, fun family event will be held in North Kihei at the Kenolio Recreational Center across from Kihei Canoe Club.
Children and their parents will be treated to interactive, educational and fun activities, as well as entertainment to delight an audience of keiki, parents and grandparents.
Mayor Alan Arakawa will kick off the festivities with a proclamation following the presentation of the colors by Cub Scout Pack 55 of Kihei.
Ronald McDonald will be clowning around with the keiki from 3 to 5 p.m. McDonald’s is also donating McDonalds Apple Dippers to the event.
Photo: Linn Nishikawa
Then, the first 700 keiki who complete the treasure "hunt" by visiting the more than 25 nonprofit organizations with activities to engage and educate will receive a goodie bag with an age-appropriate book donated by Maui's Rotary clubs, an event co-sponsor, along with a hot dog, Meadow Gold Dairies POG juice and McDonald's Apple Dippers.
Additional food items will be available for sale. There is no admission or participation fee.
At Maui Children and Youth Day, kids are the entertainment "stars," too. Talented island youth will shine with Maui Taiko, Kihei Youth Center, Maui Academy of Performing Arts, Na Keiki'O Keolahou, Xergy 35 Ribbon-Stick Dancers, Maui Cartoon Characters, Konomi Dance Works, the Kalama Intermediate 'Ukulele Band directed by Benny Uyetake, Lia Live and Kalisi with the Kihei Youth Center.
Rayma Lafou will keep the program on track as emcee.
Participants will have fun with many hands-on activities, crafts, demonstrations, giveaways and more. Keiki will be thrilled with a special meet-and-greet with Ronald McDonald, who will visit from 3 to 5 p.m.
Maui Electric, an event Community Partner, will return with their popular electricity and sustainable energy demonstration.
University of Hawai"i Maui College Nursing, Dental Hygiene and Allied Health students, along with Hawai'i Dental Service, Kaiser Permanente, the Hawai'i Health Connector and AlohaCare, an event Community Partner, will all offer activities with a health and wellness theme.
Hui 'O Wa 'a Kaulua will share a celestial navigation game.
The Maui Fire Department will provide keiki IDs.
South Maui Parks and Recreation will conduct a bicycle rodeo to teach bike safety while youth practice on their bikes.
Jumping castles, poi pounding, Kama'aina Kids, Coalition for a Drug Free Hawai'i, Maui Ocean Center, Hawai'i Nature Center, Ka'anapali Ocean Resort, Grand Wailea and Make-it-Take-it with Home Depot are just a few of the activity providers and volunteers ready to help keiki have an afternoon of fun.
The seventh annual event, sponsored by HMSA, will bring back the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club and their popular soccer activity for the keiki. Event co-sponsors also include the County of Maui, American Resort Development Association (ARDA), Bank of Hawai'i, Maui Research & Technology Park, Bank of Hawai'i, Maui Electric Company, 'Ohana Health Plan, Pfizer and the Kihei Youth Center.
The 7th annual Maui Children and Youth Day is the only Neighbor Island event affiliated with the statewide celebration of October as Children and Youth Month. It will be jam-packed with activities, entertainment and door prizes and fun for the whole family, so don't miss it!
Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Maui Food Bank.
For additional information, contact the Kihei Youth Center at 879-8689 or Event Co-chair Baker at 667-2225.