Celebrating Hawaii’s children

Children and Youth Day 2014

We usually think of children as our future, but recently my son gave me a new perspective.

On Father’s Day, my husband wanted to take a picture with his father and son. He said that it was a picture of the past (grandfather), present (father), and future (son). He thought that our son was the future, because our son has his life ahead of him.

“No, I’m the past!” our then 7-year old son argued. “Gung-Gung [grandfather in Chinese] is the future!” To our son, he was the past, because he will grow up to be a father and grandfather. 

This October and every month, let’s celebrate our children and promote their well-being. Here are just a few of the Children and Youth Month events going on in Hawaii:

* On October 5 on the Hawaii State Capitol grounds, 10 am to 3 pm, celebrate Children and Youth Day with sports, fitness, games, crafts, and educational activities. Admission is free, and so is parking at nearby municipal parking lots. There are also free State Capitol tours, free admission to ’Iolani Palace, and free guided tours of the King Kamehameha V Judiciary History Center.

* On October 10 at the Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium, the Hawaii State Legislature will host the 21st Annual Children and Youth Summit, “Hope for the Future.” The summit’s goal is to identify critical issues facing Hawaii’s keiki and discuss solutions. Registration is required and is limited to the first 300 registrants.

* On October 11 at the Kenolio Recreation Complex in Kihei, Maui, 3 to 8 pm, celebrate Maui Children and Youth Day with activities and entertainment for the whole family.

* On October 17 and 18 at the Ala Moana McCoy Pavilion, 6 to 9 pm, listen to Hawaii’s best storytellers and mainland guests at the 26th Annual Talk Story Festival, presented by the City and County of Honolulu Parks Department.

* On October 26 at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, 10 am to 2 pm, Kids Fest is a day of health and wellness, with interactive games, activities, and prize give-aways.

Let’s take a moment to look at children as the people we used to be – full of wonder, curiosity, and possibilities — and who we can be again.

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