The 7th annual Eastside Family Summit took place this past Saturday on the campus courtyard of Kapa‘a High School on Kaua‘i. Families enjoyed a day full of games, food, guest speakers, and entertainment.
The theme is always on strengthening families and the 50 plus vendors there included programs and agencies such as: Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, Hina Mauka, the Dept of Education, PATCH, the Dept of Health, Kaua‘i Good Beginnings Alliance, Kamehameha Schools, ALU LIKE, Inc., Kūkulu Kumuhana O Anahola, and of course our very own Hui Ho‘omalu and Tūtū and Me. Families had a chance to walk through the different tents, gather information for their needs and talk directly to people who work in the programs. Meanwhile keiki could be participating in an art project, playing a game, getting a balloon creation, or jumping in an inflatable, to name a few of the fun activities.
Guest speakers were Mayor Bernard Carvalho, Jr., Lt. Governor Duke Aiona, and Kaua‘i DOE Superintendent Bill Arakaki. Keiki entertainment included Kapa‘a Middle School Chorus, Hanakila Ukulele Band, and Polynesian Music Ensemble.
This free event is coordinated by collaborative committee members that cross over non-profit, state, county, community and private entities.