Hāna Youth Fest 2023 – Great Turnout!

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The 2nd Annual Hāna Youth Fest, sponsored by the Hana Community Association (HCA), brought out a great crowd this year! On Saturday July 8, over 100 kids and 70 adults were at this celebratory event at Hāna School under the canopy of monkey pod trees, and registered for a variety of prizes and giveaways provided by our generous organizations through their representatives. The main organizer for this event is Kamalu Carroll, bringing her enthusiasm into the community as an active board member for both HCA and the Hāna Business Council (HBC). This year a focus was on providing youth of all ages with opportunities – from fun activities at the variety of booths (and a massive bounce house), to workforce and career development support and job information.

Youth Fest 2023 Band Booths Jumphouse
Photo Credit: Heidi Lea

Big Mahalo to the HCA partners who made this event possible! 

Hana School including Hana Arts & Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke

Department of Education (McKinney Vento program)

Maui Police Department & Hāna Officers

Hāna Fire Department

Maui District Health Office for providing funds to Hoʻokaika Partnership Navigator for backpacks, school supplies and a variety of additional family oriented products

Hāna Parks & Recreation Department

Maui Economic Opportunity

Maui Family Support Services

Kane Connection Program

Child and Family Services

Children’s Community Council

Project Vision Hawaiʻi providing SNAP and Medquest Eligibility Application Assistance

Mental Health America of Hawaiʻi

Alu Uke Inc. / Hoʻala Hou

Hana Business Council Members with Association to the Hawaiʻi Farmers Union – Hāna Chapter

Valley Isle Excursions

Senator Lynn DeCoite

And huge gratitude to our Hāna Football Team who prepared the ono grinds, along with amazing hands-on help moving so many boxes of donated items! Participants at the event included families who ʻcame home to Hāna’ with their keiki from throughout Maui Nei and other areas of Hawaiʻi. We look forward to seeing the whole ʻOhana again at next year’s event.