Planning Summer Fun For Keiki

Summertime is right around the corner, and another school year is almost complete. Rather than having your children twiddle their thumbs (or, more likely, use them to play video games), how about encouraging them to get involved in some of the many activities the island has to offer keiki this summer, such as Kauai Humane Society‘s Critter Camp or the county’s Summer Enrichment Program? Since space is often limited in these programs, now is the time to start planning. Don’t miss out on registering for activities that have already started, such as the Hawaii Children’s Theatre Summer Performing Arts Program, “Summer Stars.” It’s open to any keiki regardless of experience, and tuition assistance is available. Visit hawaiichildrenstheatre.com or call 246-8985 for more information …

Perhaps bringing your children to the production of The Importance of Being Earnest this weekend may spark their theatrical passion. Presented by Kauai Community College Performing Arts Center, students from Kauai, Kapaa and Waimea high schools will perform the comedic play at Kauai High School gymnasium Friday and Saturday (April 25 and 26) at 6 p.m. and Sunday (April 27) at 3 p.m. Call Dennis McGraw at 651-2417 for more information …

Kauai Department of Education‘s next season of Kauai Shining Stars in Education is available for viewing. Student projects from the Kauai District Science and Engineering Fair are highlighted, as well as students in the Wilcox Creative Arts program. The spring show also spotlights the Keiki to Career initiative in an interview with Stacey Gillette, coordinator of the program. Watch the show on Oceanic Channel 6 or visit vimeo.com/channels/kauaishiningstars

Apparently, this week’s column is all about the keiki. On Wednesday (April 23), Island School students present “Keep Calm and Sing Show Tunes” at KCC Performing Arts Center. The private school’s four choral ensembles are joining forces to perform Broadway songs. In a school of just 370 students, 120 of them in grades four through 12 are in the chorus. Director Philip Steinbacher says this is “something to be proud of.” Tickets are available at the Island School office …

Three Kauai students made the dean’s list at Azusa Pacific University. Congrats to Elayna Ah Puck and Tracie Fujioka of Lihue, as well as Hayley Uliana of Hanapepe …

Dillberg Integrated Healthcare in Poipu is offering a $3,000 scholarship for services at its clinic to celebrate Mother’s Day. The “MOM Scholarship” is designed to give a mother an opportunity for optimal health care for one year. Applicants can nominate themselves, or anyone can nominate a mother they feel is deserving of the prize. To apply, visit the clinic at 2711 Ala Kinoiki or find the application at dillberghealth.com under “Hot Topics.” The applications need to be mailed or dropped off at the clinic by May 1; the winner will be announced May 9 …

I am in love with Hawaii’s birds. I could sit and watch, as well as listen to them all day. Now, we have the ability to do just that without disturbing them and from the comfort of our homes, thanks to a new webcam that captures the fascinating lives of Laysan albatross pair, Kaluakane and Kaluahine, and their chick Kaloakulua (all named by kumu hula Sabra Kauka). Visit albatrosskauai.org/wp for more information …

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