Skill Vil­lage com­mu­nity has epic New Year’s party

The Maui News - - OPINION -

We live in Skill Vil­lage, a poly­glot of in­ter­min­gling eth­nic­i­ties and cul­tures. We have a con­tin­gency of spe­cial needs adults liv­ing in our neigh­bor­hood and work­ing lo­cal farms. We have a bunch of fos­ter kids adopted into fam­i­lies, and plenty of roam­ing teens we all look out for. One of our teen bands was “in charge” of a spe­cial needs adult on New Year’s Eve. How cool is that?

We all had a great time to­gether. Like any good block party, we laughed a lot and shouted, “Happy New Year!” to old neigh­bors we knew, and met new neigh­bors too. At one point, an older teen raised both fists in the air and de­clared proudly, “This is my neigh­bor­hood!” And we all felt it.

Our lit­tle neigh­bor­hood was a snow globe of col­or­ful ae­rial ex­plo­sions, ground sparklers and happy peo­ple of all types. Some fam­i­lies spent thou­sands of dol­lars to make this com­mu­nity bond­ing ex­pe­ri­ence hap­pen. We were glad to con­trib­ute in our own lit­tle way.

As Main­land trans­plants, we don’t feel it is our place to crit­i­cize the mul­ti­cul­tural prac­tices that were hap­pen­ing long be­fore we came here. Skill Vil­lage, thanks for the epic New Year’s Eve party.

Cissy McDon­ald and Nick Rus­nak

Paia

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