The end of the school year is nearing and parents now have the arduous task of finding not only fun but safe activities to keep their keiki busy this summer.
Don’t fret, mom and dad! West Hawaii has a myriad of programs and activities available to keep youngsters busy and parents sane during those long summer days.
Multiple activity camps
Hawaii Outdoors Institute will host a summer outdoor adventure and education program for children ages 12 to 16. The program runs June 19 to 30.
The “Wind and Water” course will include hiking into and camping within Waipio Valley, SCUBA certification, learning how to sail on Hilo Bay as well as the chance to explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and participate in native Hawaiian forest restoration.
The cost is $2,295 for Hawaii residents. For more information, call 965-0613 or visit hawaiioutdoors.org.
The Third Annual Children’s Day Camp, sponsored by the Kona Okinawa Kenjinkai, will run June 22 and 23 at Hualalai Academy in Kona. The camp runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is geared for children ages 8 to 12.
The camp will feature fun and games as well as learning about traditional Okinawan culture, food and language.
The cost is $45 per child or $35 per child for two or more. The cost includes supplies and a light lunch.
For more information or to register, call Sarah Hashimoto at 331-2740.
The annual Children’s Day Camp, sponsored by the Kohala Okinawa Kenjinkai, will run June 29 and 30 at the Kohala Intergenerational Center in Kapaau. The camp runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 30. The camp is geared toward children ages 7 to 12.
Camp activities feature making and playing an odaiko drum, plantation games, cooking, karate, and Okinawan/Japanese arts, crafts, music, language and history.
The cost is $40 per child; $75 for two children; and $110 for three children. The cost includes a T-shirt and light lunch.
For more information or to register, call Kathy Matsuda at 889-5801.
The University of Hawaii’s College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, in collaboration with Operation: Military Kids and the YMCA of Honolulu Camp Erdman, will host the second annual Hawaii Adventure Camp for Military-Connected Teens. Teens will build leadership, self-confidence and teamwork skills while participating in high adventure activities.
Hawaii Adventure Camp 2013 is open to 14- to 18-year-old dependents of active duty, guard, reserve or retired service members. Youth must reside within the Pacific Rim Regions of Hawaii. The deadline to apply is June 15 or until all 50 spots are filled.
The camp will be held July 21 to 26 at Camp Erdman on the North Shore of Oahu. Planned activites include surfing, wall climbing, archery, snorkeling, horseback riding, odyssey ropes course, stand-up paddleboarding and team development.
The Department of Defense and U.S. Department of Agriculture/National Institute of Food and Agriculture pays for the camp. A travel allowance of up to $250 per camper is available for neighbor island residents and an allowance of up to $1,000 per camper is available for foreign travel on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information and an application, visit hawaiiadventurecamp.webs.com. Direct inquiries to KiKi Yoshimoto at firstname.lastname@example.org or 956-4125.
Children ages 5 to 14 can take part in a summer camp program offered by Parker School. Activities offered range from soccer, dance and jewelry making to tennis, science and Hawaiian studies.
The six-week camp runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 to July 12 at Parker School in Waimea. Several regular Parker School teachers run the camp and instruct various classes.
Parents can participate in all or some of the camp. The cost for a child attending all six weeks is $1,050. For four to five weeks, the cost is $185 per week; and for one to three weeks, the cost is $200 per week.
For more information and to download a registration form, visit parkerschool.net or email email@example.com.
Hualalai Academy’s 2013 summer program runs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, June 3 to 14. The program is for children from kindergarten to eighth grade.
Activities available to the campers will include tennis, arts and crafts, archery, laser tag, team sports, in-house movies, foosball and table tennis. Students should bring lunch and water every day; snacks will be provided.
The cost is $200 per week. For more information or to register, visit Hualalai Academy’s office, call 329-9866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Educational classes and camps
Kohala Middle School will offer its summer enrichment and credit recovery classes from 8 a.m. to noon June 3 to July 12 at the school.
Lunch will be provided during the day. Transportation is also available. The cost is $75 per credit.
Contact Deanna Shelor at 889-7119 or email her at email@example.com.
The Kealakehe Elementary School 21st Century Community Learning Center Summer School Program will run May 30 to June 28. The program, offered to current kindergarten through fifth-grade students, is slated from 8 a.m. to noon every weekday except June 11, Kamehameha Day.
Daily classes for all grade levels include reading, math, art, Hawaiian studies and gardening.
The program cost is $159. Registration for non-Kealakehe Elementary School students runs through May 17. Applications are available in the Kealakehe Elementary School office. Call 895-9971 for more information.
The Children’s Defense Fund Hawaii K.O.A. Freedom Schools will offer a free summer program for Native Hawaiian students in grades kindergarten through 12. The program runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 3 to July 26 at Kealakehe High School.
The program will feature Hawaiian language and culture classes, workshops to improve math, reading and science skills, college preparation and ACT preparation. Field trips are planned.
Space is limited to ensure a 10-to-1 teacher-to-student ratio. Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon snack will be provided.
For more information, call Lilinoi Grace at 989-9390 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Eligibility requirements apply.
Waimea Middle School will offer an expanded summer school program to incoming fifth- through eighth-graders who will be attending the middle school, Waimea Elementary School or another Waimea district public, public charter or private school. The program is also open to home school students.
The summer school will run from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 10 to 28; no class June 11, Kamehameha Day. Teachers Kathi Foster and Jamilynn Mareko are coordinating the program.
The program will combine a strong academic focus and skill building with place-based experiences including a weekly learning or community service excursion.
Cost for the program is $50 per child, which includes breakfast, lunch and busing within the Waimea district. Scholarships are available.
Applications have been sent home with students. They are also available in both the middle and elementary school offices and can be downloaded from the school’s website at waimeamiddleschool.org. The deadline to register is May 27.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy will offer its diverse Summer Session program for boarding and day students entering sixth through 12th grades. The program runs June 25 to July 19.
New this summer is “Wai to Kai Environmental Stewardship,” the Hoku a Aina Upper School summer program in which students entering ninth through 12th grades can earn a half credit. The program will have a solutions-based sustainable science and writing/reading-infused curriculum based around water. The course will be place- and project-based with an emphasis on integrating technology into experiential learning.
Also new this summer is a sustainable living class, “Water is Life,” offered to students entering grades six through eight. Students will explore sustainable living by collecting rainwater to irrigate food and medicinal gardens. A rain garden will also be created. Children will learn about Hawaii’s watersheds and fishponds, design water conservation projects and visit a rain forest, water reservoirs and a desalinization plant.
A two-hour enrichment course for students in grades 9 through 12 includes SAT preparation, algebra II, ceramics, computer graphics, drivers education, geometry, Hawaiian history, marine science seminar, performing arts, photojournalism/yearbook, research writing and more.
The cost is $4,700, which includes board. The cost of an individual day course is $550 per class. Financial aid is available.
Online registration is available at hpa.edu.
Science Camps of America will take learning outdoors with a new camp for Big Island teens in grades nine through 12.
The first session, Land and Sea, will be held June 22 to July 1. Campers will examine volcanoes, geology, beaches, reefs and the ocean and visit Kilauea. They will learn how events in the natural world affect plants, animals and humans.
The second session, Air and Space, is slated July 1 to 10. It exposes campers to topics including the atmosphere, weather systems, climate change and innovative technology. Students will visit Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea.
The camp is based at the Pahala Plantation Cottages in Ka‘u, which provides meals. Campers in both sessions will also learn about Hawaiian history and culture and Polynesian voyaging.
The cost is $2,395 per session. Three full and multiple partial scholarships are available to those on a financial need basis.
For more information and to register, visit sciencecampsofamerica.com or call (678) 619-0974.
Big Island Education is offering summer math classes June 17 to July 4.
Math Discovery: Children in kindergarten through fifth grade will enjoy games like subtraction snakes and multiplication bingo with the chance to win prizes. The class runs 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday at Hualalai Academy. Cost is $295, plus a $15 registration fee.
Middle School Math: This class covers math standards in a fun and creative way. Students will create and execute fun scenarios while improving their math abilities for the upcoming school year. The class runs 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday at Hualalai Academy. Cost is $295, plus a $15 registration fee.
Math Enrichment and Improvement/SAT Prep: This class provides instruction and support for students looking to improve their confidence in high school math topics such as geometry and algebra and real-world scenarios. The class runs 1 to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Cost is $295, plus a $15 registration fee.
For more information, contact Big Island Education at 937-3787.
Kona Stories Book Store will host a monthly summer story time for keiki ages 2 through 10 May 29, June 26 and July 31 at Keauhou Shopping Center.
Check in at the book store at 10:15 a.m., story time begins at 10:30. Cost is $5 per child.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call Brenda or Joy at 324-3050.
West Hawaii Explorations Academy will host two summer programs at its campus near the Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority. The programs run 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Engineering Camp: This camp, which runs June 5 to 7, is geared toward children ages 8 to 12 and is taught by the high school robotics team and adviser. Participants will experience hands-on projects-based activities that highlight engineering and teamwork. They will engage in designing, testing and building projects, including robotics. Cost is $150.
Au Plein Art: Participants in ninth through 12th grades will take part in art excursions each day during this program that runs June 18 to 20 and 25 to 27. They will create drawings and paintings reflecting their locale. Cost is $125; participants can earn one credit.
WHEA is also offering an online foreign language program giving participants the chance to earn a half or one credit while sharpening their foreign language skills. The six-week online course runs May 31 to July 12 and costs $90.
For more information or to apply, visit WHEA.net.
The Learning Center in Waikoloa will offer a summer enrichment program and summer enrichment classes June 3 to 12.
The summer enrichment program is geared toward children ages 7 through 11 and runs from 8 a.m. to noon. It includes different themes and weekly field trips as well as nature exploration, Hawaiian culture, arts and crafts projects, outdoor games, swimming, sports, music, dance and a summer-end luau.
Applications will be accepted through May 15; enrollment is limited to 25 children.
The 1 1⁄2-hour enrichment classes are staggered with some beginning at 2 p.m. The classes are geared to students entering grades four to six and run Monday through Friday.
The classes build upon and expand a child’s knowledge base by emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to learning through curiosity, inquiry, discovery and creative expression. Cost is $10 per week, per class.
Applications are available at The Learning Center office at The Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center or by calling 883-9512. Tuition is $299 and includes snacks. Discounts available for two or more children.
For more information, call Beau Lumanlan at 883-9512, or email email@example.com.
Kanu o ka Aina Learning Ohana will sponsor E Hookauhale Kakou, an enrichment program addressing the educational and cultural needs of children and families in the “cultural kipuka” of Waimea.
The program is open to all students in kindergarten through 12th grade. It will include workshops on topics such as language arts, math, technology, native environment, health and well-being, sports, music, performing arts and culture.
Participants need to bring lunch and a water bottle Monday through Thursday. They should also dress for outdoor activities. Cost is $100.
For more information or to register, contact Healani Spencer at 887-1117. Registration and payment are due by May 23.
Sports camps and events
The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation, the Hawaii Police Department’s Hawaii Isle Police Activities League and nonprofit Big Island All-Stars are holding the inaugural Jimmy Yagi Summer Hoops Clinic for boys and girls ages 9 to 17.
The clinic runs July 31 through Aug. 3 at the Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium and various other gyms in Hilo. Instruction and drills will be conducted throughout the day with games played at night.
It is named in honor of the University of Hawaii at Hilo basketball coach, who helped guide the Vulcans-Hawaii Basketball School for 37 years.
Bill O’Rear, Hawaii Tribune-Herald sports editor and UH-Hilo Hall of Fame member who helped coach at the school for more than 30 years, will lead the clinic. Parks Director Clayton Honma will serve as clinic director.
Registration forms are available during normal business hours at the department’s recreation office within Aunty Sally Kaleohano’s Luau Hale at 799 Piilani Street in Hilo. To register or for more information, contact Jason Armstrong, parks spokesman, at 345-9105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy tennis coaches Steve Campbell and Colleen Patton have planned a series of classes and camps for children of all ability levels.
The two-day Mini-Stars classes, for children ages 4 to 7, will provide an introduction to the sport with games and prizes. The classes run from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays and Fridays May 27 to Aug. 16. The cost is $30 per week.
Junior Tennis Camps, for children age 6 and older, emphasize the development of proper technique of all strokes. Each player will be coached in various aspects of match play, including strategy, which will be customized to the player’s level. Camps run from noon to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday May 28 to Aug. 15. The cost is $130 per week.
For more information and registration, contact Colleen Patton at 881-4037 or email@example.com. Registration forms are also available at hpa.edu.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy basketball coaches Dave Huntington and Fred Wawner will lead a youth basketball camp for third- through eighth-grade boys and girls. The camp, which runs 9 a.m. to noon June 5 to 7, costs $60.
The camp will focus on skill development, footwork fundamentals, and team and in-game instruction. All participants take home a camp basketball.
For more information, contact Wawner at 881-4290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A daily three-hour equestrian camp open to all students 8 and older will be offered by Hawaii Preparatory Academy June 11 to 13 and June 18 to 20. The camp offers a diverse training regimen designed to create a working knowledge of the aids and mechanics when riding English, as well as proper grooming and tacking procedures. The cost is $75 per day.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy also offers a weekly two-hour Friday Riding Program to those age 8 and older. The program runs from 3 to 5 p.m. and offers students the opportunity to ride on the field or head up into the hills with an instructor. The cost is $40 per session.
For more information or to register, call Judy Folk at 885-4302 or 937-2569 or Laura Rose at 885-7194 or 895-6632.
Horseplay Equestrian Center offers its summer day camps for beginning and intermediate riders. The camps, which run three or five days, are slated May 28 through July.
Children will have a hands-on experience with the center’s horses and ponies. In addition to a daily riding lesson, participants will take part in unmounted lessons, and horse-themed arts, crafts, games and activities. A personalized horseplay notebook and photos will be provided to participants at the end of the session.
The sessions run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., depending on the camper’s age. Rates range from $195 to $395 depending on age and days in session.
For more information, email email@example.com, visit konahorseplay.com or call Cyndy at 345-4696.
Waikoloa Village Golf Club will offer its Junior Golf Summer Program June 15 to July 13 with sessions held every Saturday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. The five-week program is open to junior golfers age 7 and older and is limited to 25 entrants.
Juniors golfers will be introduced to topics including safety, putting, chipping, full swing concepts and course management.
The cost is $50, which includes five sessions, on-course playing time, refreshments, prizes and a junior golf hat.
For more information, call 883-9622. An application is available at waikoloavillagegolf.com.
The Leaning Center in Waikoloa will host a mega sports camp this summer for children ages 5 to 13 in Waikoloa.
The camp will run 9 a.m. to noon July 15 to 19 at the Hooko Street Park. Activities will include friendly competition daily in flag football, cheer/dance, basketball and soccer. Kids will also be taught how to model good sportsmanship and quality character traits.
The cost is $35 per child for the entire week. The fee includes a T-shirt, backpack, snacks and trophies. A $25 per child rate is available for families with multiple children.
Call 883-9512 to register or for more information.
A Junior Lifeguard Program will be offered this summer in South Kohala and Kona by the Hawaii Fire Department’s Ocean Safety Division.
The program is open to boys and girls ages 12 to 17, who have strong swimming skills and are able to swim freestyle for 200 yards; qualifying swims will be held the first day.
The course will familiarize participants with ocean safety and beach rescue skills. Topics include an introduction to water safety, first aid, CPR and surf rescue techniques with an emphasis on ocean swimming and paddle boarding.
Sessions in Kona are planned from June 17 to June 28 and July 8 to 19. Sessions run from 9 a.m. to noon at the Kona Community Aquatic Center.
Sessions are planned in South Kohala from June 17 to June 28 and July 8 to 19. Sessions run from 9 a.m.to noon at the Hawaii Preparatory Academy in Waimea.
Cost is $20 per participant, cash only. Payment is due upon registration, which occurs the first day of the program. A parent or guardian must be present to sign waiver forms and the program is limited to 25 students per session.
For more information, call OSD Capt. Chris Stelfox at 327-3570.
Swimming and water
Big Island Sailing Foundation will offer four one-week sailing day camps for children up to 16 years old.
Beginning dinghy/keelboat sailing for children ages 8 to 12 will be held June 17 to 21 and June 24 to 28 at Keauhou Bay. No experience is required for the June camps, however, participants should be able to swim and be comfortable on the water.
Dingy/keelboat sailing for children ages 10 to 16 will be held July 15 to 19 at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor. This camp is geared toward novice and intermediate sailors older than 12.
Intermediate sailing and introduction to racing will be offered July 22 to 28 at Honokohau Small Boat Harbor.
The camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are taught by certified instructors and lifeguards. Booklets and life jackets are provided. The cost is $165 for new sailors and $140 for return sailors. Scholarships are available.
For more information, call Alicia Starsong at 325-5529 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy will offer two sessions of swimming lessons. The first session runs June 24 to July 5 and the second session runs July 8 to 19.
The 30-minute sessions are held Monday through Friday. Participants will learn how to swim or improve their swimming techniques and endurance. All levels of classes are provided from “Mommy/Daddy and Me” to advanced.
The cost is $80 per session. For more information, call 881-4088.
Jack’s Diving Locker offers multiple scuba programs for keiki. All programs are conducted by certified PADI professionals.
Keiki Sea Camp, for ages 6 through 8, is offered June 3 to 7 and July 1 to 5 and includes beach excursions, swimming, snorkeling, tide pooling, marine life study, arts and crafts. Cost is $250.
Coral reef ecology, June 3 through 7, for 8- to 14-year-olds. $250.
Reef fish and eels, June 17 through 21, for 8- to 14-year-olds. $250.
Sea turtles, July 8 through 12, for 8- to 14-year-olds. $250.
Sharks and rays, July 15 through 19, for 10- to 14-year-olds. $250.
Seal Team Scuba Camp, June 10 through 14 or July 1 through 5, for 8- to 14-year-olds. Includes PADI Seal Team Aqua Missions with basic scuba skills, creature identification, underwater navigation, building a space station underwater and photography. Cost is $295.
Master Seal Team Camp, June 17 through 21 or July 8 through 12, for 8- to 14-year-olds. Includes PADI Master Seal Team Aqua Missions such as safety, search and recovery, wreck and night dive in pool, along with shallow water shore dives in the ocean. $295.
Open Water Scuba Camp, June 3 through 7, July 8 through 12 or July 29 through Aug. 2, for 12- to 18-year-olds. Includes PADI Open Water Diver course with academics, shallow water skill dives and four open water dives, including a boat trip. $350.
Advanced Scuba Camp, June 11 through 14 or July 16 through 19, for 12- to 18-year-olds. Includes PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course with academics, skill review in the pool and open water dives from the shore and boat. $350.
Rescue Diver Camp, June 18 through 21 or July 30 through Aug. 2, for 12- to 18-year-olds. Includes PADI Emergency First Responder course with academics, skill dives and shore dive rescue scenarios. $350.
Specialty camp — boat and naturalist, June 13, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $195.
Specialty camp — buoyancy diver, June 14, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $195.
Specialty camp — manta ray diver, July 26, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $225.
Specialty camp — night diver, July 24 and 25, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $325.
Specialty camp — underwater navigator, June 12, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $195.
Specialty camp — underwater photographer, June 16 and 17, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $245.
For more information about any of the camps or to register, call 329-7585.
Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture will offer three family pottery workshops this summer.
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 8, July 13 and Aug. 10, parents and children can get a taste of ceramics together with guidance from an experienced ceramicist. The workshops are recommended for children 5 and older.
The cost is $40 per adult with one child. Participants need to bring their own lunch.
For more information or to register, call Donkey Mill Arts Center at 322-3362.
Society for Kona’s Education and Art will host three camps this summer at its facility located off Mamalahoa Highway, between mile markers 105 and 106.
The first Middle School Performance Art Camp will be held 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 10 through 14. The theme of the camp is “Be A Star.” A performance is slated for 7 p.m. June 15. Cost is $145.
Two weeks of Elementary School Art Camp will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 6 through 11 and June 17 through 21. The theme for both weeks is “Green Growing Things.” The camps will include fine and performing art that differs each week. Cost is $125 per week.
Scholarships are available upon request. A $10 discount is available for those who register for the middle school camp by June 3 and elementary school camp by June 10.
For more information, call SKEA at 328-9392.
West Hawaii Dance Academy will offer summer dance camps for children at least 3 years of age.
The weekly dance camps will be held Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays July 9 to Aug. 1. The classes are taught by academy instructors Virginia Holte, Midori Satoh, Jenna Powers, Jasmin McCracken, Megan Chapman and visiting guest instructors Kat Sullivan, Blythe Stephens and Mary Lou Sanelli.
Dance disciplines include: pre-ballet, primary ballet, ballet technique, pointe hip hop, jazz, lyrical and modern.
The camp for children ages 5 to 8 will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; for children ages 9 to 12, the camp runs from 1 to 4 p.m. Teens and adults meet evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. Cost is $90 per week.
For more information, call 329-8876 or visit whdt.org.
Hawaii Preparatory Academy offers a two-week drama camp to students entering grades 5 through 8. Marina Tichotsky, HPA’s Upper School theater instructor, directs the program, from 8 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday June 3 to 14.
The camp will help students refine their singing, dancing and staging skills. It will culminate with a one-hour musical theater selection on June 14 at the Gates Performing Arts Center.
The cost for the camp is $225, which includes snacks. The deadline to register is May 24.
For more information, contact Lisa Sakurai at 881-4088 or email email@example.com.
Kahilu Theatre in Waimea and Lavaroots Performing Arts will offer Summer Arts 2013, a full-day program for students ages 6 to 12 June 3 to July 5.
The program will explore the food, practices, dances and music of each culture “visited.” There will be classes in African dance, Japanese dance and drumming, Chinese lion dance, Capoeria, hip-hop, Native American Hoop Dance, Tahitian dance, origami, poi spinning, singing, storytelling and more. Weekly field trips are also planned. It is directed by Michal Anna Carrillo.
Chef Noah Hester of The Blue Dragon Restaurant and Musiquarium will delight taste buds and open minds to the foods of each region. The program also partners with Malaai Gardens – students will have an opportunity to visit the garden.
The cost is $550, which includes a T-shirt. Call Alva at 885-6868 for more information or to register.
The Junior Music Academy will offer several summer classes for children of all ages at its Old Kona Industrial Area facility.
“Musical Adventures Around the World” is geared to students entering first through fourth grades. It will focus on playing musical games with hands-on instrument playing, singing, circle games and improvisation.
Session 1 runs 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays June 3 to 14. Session 2 runs 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays June 17 to 28. The cost is $120 for one session and $215 for both. Sibling discounts are available.
“Pre-Piano” is geared to children ages 3 to 5 and will use theme-based lessons that incorporate singing, creative movement and hands-on piano playing.
Session 1 runs 10 to 10:45 a.m. on Tuesdays May 14 to July 2. Session 2 runs 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursdays May 16 to July 4.
“Clapping, Wiggles, Bounces and Tickles” is geared to infants and toddlers. The class includes hands-on instrument playing, singing, dancing and creative movement.
Session 1 runs 9 to 9:45 a.m. on Tuesdays May 14 to July 2. Session 2 runs 10 to 10:45 a.m. Thursdays May 16 to July 4. The cost is $80 for the eight-week program or $12 per class.
For more information or to enroll, call Miss Mary at 331-2000 or visit juniormusicacademy.com.
Aloha Performing Arts Company will offer a six-day theater workshop for children ages 8 to 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 16 to 17 and July 22 to 25. The theme of the workshop is “friendship.”
The theme of the workshop is friendship. The students will perform in a free public production of “The Good Ship Friendship” at 3:30 p.m. July 25. The play features jokes, poems, stories, fables, songs and dances, all exploring the many aspects of friendship. Every student is guaranteed a role. Participants will also assist with technical preparations for the show.
The primary instructor will be APAC artistic director Jerry Tracy, and the choreographer will be Nora Frank. Aloha Teen Theatre members will offer assistance.
Tuition is $175; a limited number of scholarships is available. All materials will be provided, as well as an afternoon snack. Students should bring a lunch each day, and wear closed-toe shoes and modest clothing. Enrollment is limited.
For more information or to register call Suzanne at the APAC office at 322-9924.
Two Kids Capoeira classes will be offered to children ages 7 to 12 this summer in Waimea by Mario Hill, owner and instructor at Capoeira Agua De Beber.
Capoeira is a traditional Afro-Brazilian art form that combines music, martial arts, acrobatics and song into an exciting game. Participants will learn steps, kicks, cartwheels, drumming and singing. Space is limited.
The classes will be offered from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. June 4 to 25 and 4 to 5 p.m. June 7 to 28. The cost is $40 for one class per week or $80 for two classes per week.
For more information or to register, call Matilda Tompson of Waimea Community Education at 885-1539 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. Registration is also available at waimeaeducation.com.
The Keiki Life program of Kona Baptist Church will host “Noah’s Park” vacation Bible school for all children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade. The program runs 9 a.m. to noon June 3 to 7.
The free program provides a safe, fun and interactive time of learning and growing in the knowledge of God’s word.
Registration forms can be downloaded at konabaptist.org or picked up at the church office from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Special pre-registration days will be held from 10 a.m. to noon May 18 and June 1 at the church parking lot.
For more information, call Kona Baptist Church at 322-3355, email email@example.com or visit the church website.
Waikoloa Baptist Church will host vacation Bible school for students who’ve completed kindergarten through sixth grade July 29 to Aug. 2.
The free program runs from 9 a.m. to noon and will feature Colossal Coaster World that will challenge kids to face their fears and trust God. There will also be games, crafts, music, Bible stories and more.
For more information or to register, call Nancy at 557-1724.
St. Augustine Episcopal Church will host its children’s Bible day camp at the North Kohala church. The camp runs May 28 to 31.
There is no cost for the camp, which is slated from 9 a.m. to noon. The camp, themed “Tell it on the Mountain,” is geared to children ages 4 to 12. It will feature Bible stories, crafts, music, games and snacks.
For more information or to register, call Kathy Matsuda, children’s religious education director, at 889-5801.
Living Stones Church will host its vacation Bible school for children ages 4 to 12 July 8 through July 12.
The program runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on the church lawn. Activities will include games, crafts, snacks and Bible lessons.
The church will also host its annual family fun day, “Crazy Daze of Summer,” on July 13. The free event will include carnival games, water slides, food and prizes.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth summer internships
Puuhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park is accepting applications for its summer Youth Conservation Corps program, which runs June 10 to July 26. The program provides gainful employment and an educational experience in the conservation of natural and historical heritage. Workers will participate in conservation- and preservation-related projects and work with all park divisions throughout the park.
Applicants for the YCC crew must be between age 15 and 18. Participants earn $7.25 and work 40 hours per week for seven weeks. Applications may be obtained at the park and must be submitted by May 31. Call Kehau Freitas at 328-2326, ext. 1102, for more information.
Hawaii County Summer Fun programs
The Hawaii County Department of Parks and Recreation will offer its annual Summer Fun program for students who’ve completed kindergarten through sixth grade. The program, offered at various Hawaii County venues, runs weekdays June 10 to July 19. It consists of a spectrum of arts and crafts projects, indoor and outdoor games, sports, music, dance, nature exploration, swimming, and at some venues, special events and excursions. The county is tentatively planning a free lunch program, unless otherwise noted.
Below is a list of program venues. Registration deadlines and program costs differ among the sites. Payment must be made in cash, money order or certified check.
If accommodations for a disability are needed, parents should request assistance at registration or call Alisa Mitchener, recreation specialist, at 961-8681 at least two weeks before the program starts. For more information, visit hawaiicounty.gov/pr-recreation.
Yano Hall in South Kona: Cost is $120, which includes a $30 activity fee. Enrollment is limited to 80 children. Program runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To enroll a child, visit Yano Hall between 12:30 and 2 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more information, contact John Little at 323-3060.
Kekuaokalani Gymnasium in North Kona: Cost is $140, which includes a $50 activity fee. Enrollment is limited to 140 children. Program runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To enroll a child, visit the gym from 5 to 7 p.m. May 15. For more information, contact Diego Padillio at 327-3553.
Kona Old Airport main events pavilion in North Kona: Cost is $140, which includes a $50 activity fee. Enrollment is limited to 80 children. Program runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. To enroll a child, visit the pavilion from 5 to 7 p.m. May 15. For more information, contact Marshall Tohara at 327-3565.
Waikoloa Park in South Kohala: Cost is $120, which includes a $20 activity fee. Enrollment is limited to 60 children. Program runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To enroll a child, visit Waikoloa Park during normal operating hours. For more information, contact Fred Lau at 883-6100.
Waimea Community Center in South Kohala: Cost is $150, which includes a $50 activity fee. Enrollment is limited to 60 children. Program runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To enroll a child, visit the community center during normal operating hours. For more information, contact Melissa Samura at 887-3014 or email@example.com.
Kamehameha Park Complex in North Kohala: Cost is $100. Enrollment is limited to 100 children. Programs run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To enroll a child, visit the complex during normal operating hours through May 9. Participants must bring their own lunch. For more information, contact Jansen Nakamura or Renee Gonsalves at 889-6505.
Honokaa Gym in Hamakua: Cost is $100. Enrollment is limited to 60 children. Programs run from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. To enroll a child, visit the gym between 12:30 and 2 p.m. and 6 and 7:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 2 to 4 p.m. on Fridays through May 31. For more information, contact Anna Muranaka at 775-7505.