Healthy fun for keiki, ohana set for Satur­day

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - ISLAND BEAT -

The 18th an­nual Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Satur­day at the Parker Ranch Cen­ter. Chil­dren ages 3-12, along with their parents, are in­vited to spend the day ex­plor­ing more than 30 free, hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties re­lated to fit­ness, health, nu­tri­tion and safety.

Keiki Fest aims to pro­vide ed­u­ca­tional and learn­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties to help sup­port healthy bod­ies and minds for all Big Is­land chil­dren.

“Our an­nual Keiki Fest is a won­der­ful op­por­tu­nity to bring our com­mu­nity to­gether to pro­vide health and safety ed­u­ca­tion to our keiki in a fun en­vi­ron­ment,” says North Hawaii Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal public in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer Lynn Scully.

Ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude safety light arm­bands from the North Hawaii Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal’s Trauma Team, a bike safety course by Lex Brodie’s, PATH and NHCH and a Blue Zone pedal-pow­ered smoothie bike.

There also will be free eye screen­ings from Project Vi­sion, Keiki ID cards by the Hawaii Po­lice Depart­ment, car seat fit­ting by the Depart­ment of Health and a col­lage art ac­tiv­ity with the Waimea Arts Coun­cil.

Each child will re­ceive a “pass­port” to track their par­tic­i­pa­tion at each learn­ing booth. A com­plete pass­port of­fers keiki the op­por­tu­nity to choose from a host of ac­tiv­i­ties such as the rock climb­ing wall or bounce house.

Ap­prox­i­mately 300 chil­dren at­tend the Keiki Fest each year, which be­gan nearly two decades ago as a Waimea El­e­men­tary School event.

“They no­ticed un­healthy eat­ing among the kids, poor den­tal health, etc., and wanted to pro­vide some ed­u­ca­tion for parents and kids,” says Scully.

“It ex­panded to an all-schools event and then it got so big, the North Hawaii Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal agreed to or­ga­nize it in part­ner­ship with Parker Cen­ter and other or­ga­ni­za­tions.”

This year’s Keiki Fest is pro­vided by North Hawaii Com­mu­nity Hos­pi­tal.

For more in­for­ma­tion, call Laurie Edmondson at 8814425 or email led­mond­son@queens.org.

Fam­ily Fun Day at Kahilu

Kahilu The­atre also is host­ing a free Fam­ily Fun Day on Satur­day in con­junc­tion with Healthy Keiki Fest.

Open to the public, the event will be full of fam­ily fun and en­ter­tain­ment, inside and sur­round­ing the the­ater.

En­ter­tain­ment and ac­tiv­i­ties will in­clude live per­for­mances by stu­dents from the Kahilu Per­form­ing Arts Class and a screen­ing of Dis­ney’s “Moana.”

Sched­ule

• 9:30 a.m.: Ex­cerpts from “13 the Mu­si­cal,” per­formed by mem­bers of the Kahilu Youth Troupe.

• 10:30 a.m.: Hula per­for­mance by the Kahilu Per­form­ing Arts Classes hula class.

• 10:45 a.m.: Singing per­for­mance by KPAC’s Sim­ply Singing class.

• 11 a.m.: Ex­cerpts from “Dance of the Bees,” featuring KPAC stu­dents.

• 12:30 p.m.:

Screen­ing of Dis­ney’s “Moana” in the main the­ater.

Cour­tesy photo

Young cy­clists nav­i­gate a bike course dur­ing the 2016 Waimea Healthy Keiki Fest.

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