April – Continuing Community Connections

The 13th annual Keiki Fest was held on April 13th and Ka‘ala staff participated for the 13th time! How cool is that? The annual Keiki Fest is a Kamehameha Schools (KS) sponsored event that connects Waiʻanae Coast keiki and their parents with educational, developmental, and health service providers in their community drew nearly 1,000 community members, collaborators, and volunteers to this years’ event.

Keiki Fest

is a fun day with activities for parents and keiki up to five years old. There are games for the kids, information about preschools and k

indergartens for parents, and the opportunity to see and taste freshly pounded poi! Every year Ka‘ala staff brings down kalo from Ka‘ala along with boards and stones and pounds poi for keiki and their parents. This year Ka‘ala staff, Liveon and Clinton pounded poi with the keiki. Check out the photo of Liveon and the keiki! Mahalo to KS and all the organizer for another great Keiki Fest!

 

April was also a time to reconnect with old friends and make some new ones! Each year the Hau ‘oli Mau Loa foundation brings together partners from current and past Hope for Kids program. Ka‘ala was a partner in the Hope for Kids ‘Ekahi program from 2009 to 2015! This is the program that launched our summer intern program. Below is a video about the program.

This year the gathering was held at Kohala Center on Hawaii Island.  Ka‘ala was pleased to be able to have two staff members attend. It was great to catch up on all the good things that our partners are doing for youth and the community. Mahalo to the Hau ‘oli Mau Loa foundation for funding and organizing this wonderful gathering!

Ka‘ala is grateful to the long-time support of its partners and looks forward to continuing these relationships well into the future!

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