On Monday, October 11, Wai‘anae Regional Park was the place to be for our Hawaiian Homelands preschool families, as well as for our friends from the community. Besides being Discoverer’s Day, October 11 was the launch of our Hawaiian Homelands preschool site relocation. Due to construction at Kaupuni Park (where preschool usually sets up), the Hawaiian Homelands preschool site had to find a temporary location.
To celebrate the relocation, Ka Pa‘alana held a Kick-Off Event, which turned out to be a ton of fun under the hot boat harbor sun. To start the day, we introduced ourselves and sang songs at First Circle. Then, we learned through play at Center Time. We learned about different dinosaurs, stacked blocks, created sand art, and read books! At Story Time, we were treated to a story by Aunty Gail Omoto from Tūtū and Me. Aunty Gail introduced us to her special friend “Mr. Rabbit” and read us her story Mele the Crab Finds the Way Out.
After Story Time, it was time to kick up the fun! Two bouncers opened up for younger and older keiki to enjoy, and the shave ice, popcorn, and cotton candy stations provided unlimited refreshments for everyone. Besides Ka Pa‘alana Preschool staff, our youth program, Kama‘ehu, joined the fun with their Kōnane Station. Fifteen hand-made kōnane boards were given away as prizes to those who won.
Altogether, it was a fun day at our new site with over one hundred friends in attendance. So we invite you to join us for preschool every Monday and Wednesday from 9-11am, if you haven’t already. See you there!
A special thanks goes out to all our preschool families for their participation and support, to Tūtū and Me for joining us at the event, and to the City & County of Honolulu Parks and Recreations for allowing us to use the park.