The Ha'iku Community Association (HCA) is seeking public-nonprofit collaboration to bring life back to Kalakupua Playground at the 4th Marine Division Memorial Park in Ha'iku, known locally as "Giggle Hill."
"This magical playground was originally created with the love and hard work of the Ha'iku community, the Rotary Club of Upcountry Maui and others," said Ha'iku Community Association President Jen Livingston. "Unfortunately, the materials making up the play structure deteriorated and it was closed due to safety concerns. A grassroots group has now formed the Playground Committee of the HCA to rebuild the structure."
Maui County offered HCA a grant to fix the playground. HCA credits Parks Department Deputy Director Brianne Savage for saving the playground from demolition by being willing to go "outside the box."
The Ha‘ikū Community Association invites volunteers to help restore the Kalakupua Playground in Ha‘ikū.
"This a cutting edge public-nonprofit collaboration allows the community to leverage volunteer labor and in-kind donations, which is something the county can't do," said Livingston.
The refurbishment will be accomplished by a combination of discounted professional labor and community volunteer work.
"Another advantage of this public-private nonprofit partnership is that it brings together and inspires the community," said Livingston. "We've been having a blast at the workdays since November and are gearing up for a big series of summer work parties.
Activities range from pressure washing, weed whacking, demolition, carpentry and painting to childcare, food preparation and even disk jockeying.
"Upon completion, Kalakupua Playground will continue to be a Ha'iku community gathering place for parents and children--with plans for a bike path, squash and tennis courts--and maybe even a food forest," said Livingston.
"The playground's reopening will remind us that it's more then a structure," concluded Livingston. "It's where friendships are forged, parents connect and community is created. This playground is a testament to the power of people working together for the good of the community. It's a legacy of the North Shore that visitors from all over the island come to visit."
Playground workdays are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 26 and 27, May 17 and 18 and June 21 and 22.
Lunch and childcare will be provided.
For more information about joining the HCA or volunteering at or donating to the playground project, contact Livingston at (808) 435-4020, Playground Committee Co-chair Netra Halperin at (808) 359-1673 or email email@example.com. Visit haikumaui.org and visit Haiku Community Association on Facebook.