Is there some after-school class that you wish was available in Waikoloa? Is there some kind of club you wish you could join? Is there a sport you would like to participate in that isn’t offered in Waikoloa Village? Is there some special interest you would like to share with other kids your age? Post a comment to this blog to add to the Waikoloa Kids’ Activities Wish List. Who knows, maybe there are other kids who want that too? Maybe it already exists and you just don’t know about it. Maybe there is someone who might want to help get it started. Sometimes all it takes is an idea to spark action.
Did you know that the Hawaii High School Rodeo Association holds rodeos every month? You can watch bull riding, barrel racing, and team roping events. The next event is Feb. 9 & 10 at the Parker Ranch arena in Waimea.
Through hands-on activities and projects, youth ages 5 through 19 explore Healthy Living, Science and Technology, and Citizenship. The goal is to “Learn by Doing” while developing life and leadership skills. 4-H helps young people to reach their full potential as competent, confident, leaders of character who contribute and are connected to their communities. Whether youth are caring for animals, planting vegetables, or doing beach clean-ups, 4-H gives young people the skills they need to thrive and succeed throughout their lives.
An example of a 4-H project is the ongoing Kona 4-H Garden Day, which meets every 3-4 weeks. Families work in the garden, harvest vegetables, prepare and cook them in the 4-H office kitchen, and have a potluck together. They are growing corn, lettuce, taro, beans, sweet peas, carrots, tomatoes, and many other vegetables and herbs. Youth learn about gardening and good nutrition as well as communication and problem-solving skills.
If you are interested in starting a 4-H club in Waikoloa Village, all you need is 1 adult and five children. 4-H provides support to new clubs by offering guidance on how to start a club, an orientation for new leaders, lots of club material that you can borrow, and phone and email support. They will help with ideas for activities, such as arts and crafts, creating a garden, field trips, and community service.
4-H is one of the oldest and most effective programs of non-formal education in Hawaii. It is open to youth ages 5-19 from all racial, cultural, economic, and social backgrounds. Membership is free.
For more information about 4-H activities in Kona or information about starting 4-H in Waikoloa, go to http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/4h/ or contact Natalie Cross, Program Assistant:
Phone (808) 322-0166
Fax (808) 322-4895