August 7, 2022, 10:06 a.m. HST
*Updated August 7, 8:18 a.m.

Youth from the summer program pose for a photo after cleaning up MEO’s Adopt a Freeway section near Puʻunēnē Mall. PC: MEO.

The Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services summer program ended last week after a busy two months of community service projects, such as reading to preschoolers and organizing Bingo for kupuna, and fun activities that included snorkeling at Molokini and a visit to the Maui Ocean Center.

About 40 young people aged 11 to 18 participated in the day-long program most weekdays from June 6 to July 29.

Lanakila (left) and Pono Manlapao call bingo numbers at Roselani Place. PC: MEO.

The program is designed to provide alternative drug-free activities to increase leadership skills and protective factors against harmful and destructive behaviors.

Youth participate in activities related to Hawaiian cultures and spanning environmental awareness, volunteerism, civic engagement and advocacy.

This summer, young people read and donated books to Kansha Preschool at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, hosted bingo for residents of Roselani Place, and worked with Big Brothers Big Sisters and Maui Family Support Services to clean up Kanahā Beach Park.

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The summer ended on July 29 with a family night out at Kīhei Ice Rink in Kalama Park.

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The Youth Services team will launch after-school and in-school programs in September. Programs are offered free of charge and transportation is provided to and from all activities. Nearly 800 young people participated in the prevention program in schools during the last school year.

Kaikea Barona and Arrianna Shirota read to a preschooler in Kansha. PC: MOE

For more information about Youth Services programs, call 808-243-4315 or email dane.ka'[email protected]

Arrianna Shirota hugs turkey Gregory at Leilani Farm Sanctuary. PC: MEO