BY KIM EATON |WEST HAWAII TODAY
A joy of youth is summer vacation -- no school -- but it has historically proven a puzzler for parents: What to do to keep the kids busy?
There are endless possibilities in West Hawaii that could keep the keiki -- and their parents -- happy all summer long.
Multiple activity camps
c Kamaaina Kids offers a summer program for kindergartners through sixth-graders from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 31 through July 29, at Waikoloa and Konawaena Elementary schools. Activities include arts and crafts, games, excursions and more. There will be no program on June 10 or July 4. For more information or to register, visit kamaainakids.com/seasonal/summer-hawaii. For more information on Waikoloa's program, call Carolyn Brighter at 896-9850.
c The YMCA offers its summer day camp, Keiki Holoholo, in Kona from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 31 through July 29 (closed July 4). Activities include gardening, excursions, crafts, Hawaiian culture and more. Cost is $40 per day, $150 per week and $900 for the whole program. For more information or to register for the camp, call 329-9622 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
c Alu Like offers a summer program for 10- to 17-year-olds from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 6 through July 22, at Kealakehe Intermediate School. The free program will offer cultural activities, martial arts, Youth Crime Watch programs, field trips to the learning center at the kitchen, healthy eating and nutrition and more. Students need to bring a brown bag lunch and water bottle; snacks will be provided. For more information, call Elaine Watai at 896-2785 or Yvonne Naldoza at 769-0273.
c Hawaii Preparatory Academy offers a summer camp for children entering kindergarten through fifth grade in the fall. Ka Makani Kids Camp will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 11 through Aug. 5. Activities include arts and crafts, go green education, swimming and pool activities, field play, tennis, performing arts, reading and more. Camps are divided into groups -- kindergarten through second grade and third through fifth grade. Cost is $375 for session 1, July 11 through 22, and session 2, July 25 through Aug. 5; $650 for the full program. Fee includes camp T-shirt, supplies and lunch. Space is limited; registration deadline is June 15. For more information, call 881-4044, email email@example.com or download an application at hpa.edu.
c Parker School offers an arts and athletic camp for 5- to 13-year-olds June 6 through July 1. The 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. camp includes soccer, tennis, hockey, basketball, rugby, capture the flag, hiking, outdoor games, ceramics, watercolor, acrylics, pastels, printmaking, photography, jewelry, hip hop, zumba, yoga, drama and tumbling. Cost is $685. For more information or to register, visit parkerschool.net.
c Hualalai Academy's summer program is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 20 through July 1 for all children grades kindergarten through eighth. Activities include gardening, arts and crafts, library reading, chess, Scrabble, sports, kite flying, beach excursion and movies. Cost is $200 per week. For more information, call 326-9866 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
classes and camps
c Hawaii Preparatory Academy's summer session, held June 20 through July 16, offers middle and upper school students a number of two-hour enrichment courses, including algebra and pre-algebra, capture the Big Island, computer graphic design, driver education, English as a second language, mixed media ceramics, storytelling through illustration, three-dimensional design, writing garden and more. High school students may opt for a marine science seminar that offers 0.5 elective high school science credit. The SAT prep course will introduce students to strategies necessary to master the three-section SAT I, including an introduction to Algebra II, expanded reading section and guided practice in the writing section. Tuition for boarding students is $4,500; the fee for individual day courses is $550 per class. Online registration is available at hpa.edu.
c Kealakehe Elementary 21st Century Community Learning Center offers a summer school program from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 1 through July 1 (no program on June 10). Students will participate in reading, math, physical education, art, horticulture and Hawaiian studies. The program costs $159; class sizes are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The program is open to elementary students islandwide, but first preference is given to Kealakehe Elementary students. Alu Like scholarships are available. Registration must be completed and payment received by May 18. Transportation will be available on a first-come, first-served basis; pick-up and drop-off will be at Matsuyama Store, Lower Palisades and Hawaiian Homes. Cost is $75. The school also offers a summer enrichment program with two sessions for students to sharpen their math and reading skills. The first session is 8 to 10 a.m. June 1 through July 1, and the second session is 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 1 through July 1. Both sessions are open to second- through fifth-grade students and limited to 10 students. Cost is $80 for each (cash only). No transportation will be provided. Submit registration and payment to school principal Nancy Matsukawa.
c Hawaii Learning Resource offers summer academic enrichment camps for students entering second through eighth grades. The first two-week camp, Summer Spy Academy, will be from June 13 through 24, targeting students entering second through sixth grade. The camp focuses on building learning skills with an emphasis on observation, focus and listening. The second two-week camp, Game of Life, will be from June 27 through July 8, targeting students entering grades sixth through eighth. The camp focuses on project-based life lessons designed to build learning, team and life skills. The camps run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; maximum enrollment of 20 student per session. Camp tuition is $400 per student per session and includes lunch and snacks. Financial assistance is available. Applications can be found at hawaiilearningresource.org or by calling 885-9318.
c Waimea Middle Public Conversion Charter School offers its students a free 20-day Summer Jump Start program from June 13 through July 13 (no classes will be held June 17 and 24 and July 4). The program is meant to acclimate students to the year ahead, while also building academic and organizational skills. Jump Start is from 8 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. (only for WMS students) and includes breakfast, lunch, morning bus transportation and Jump Start classes. The cost is $50. Scholarships are available from Alu Like Inc. and Hookakoo Corp. Applications for Jump Start and the scholarships are available in the school's office or online at waimeamiddleschool.org. Incoming sixth-graders can also participate in a free afternoon enrichment program from 12:10 to 2:30 p.m.; free bus transportation home will be provided for students in the afternoon program. Applications have been sent home, but are also available at the school's website. Deadline to register is June 1. Payment is required for registration to be complete. For more information, call WMS Summer Jump Start Principal Mary Martinson at 887-6090, Ext.252.
c The Hawaii Island Humane Society offers a Jr. Pals program at the Kona, Waimea and Keaau shelters. The Kona shelter program, open to 9- to 14-year-olds, runs from 10 a.m. to noon June 8 through July 13. The fee is one 20-pound bag of IAMS dry dog/puppy or cat/kitten food. There will be arts and crafts, shelter operations, guest speakers and possible excursions. Space is limited. For more information, call Bebe Ackerman at 217-0154.
c Parker School offers two educational camps for children ages 5 to 12: a Summer Science Camp from June 6 through 17 and a Hawaiian Summer Camp from July 4 through 8. The science camp, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., will include off-campus excursions, camp T-shirt, optional sleepover and snacks. Cost is $390. To register, call 930-0072, ext. 304, or visit parkerschool.net. The Hawaiian camp, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., includes demonstrations, storytelling, chants, crafts, games and a luau presentation for campers' families. Cost is $190. To register, call 930-0072, ext. 303, or visit the school's website.
c Hawaii Preparatory Academy offers Tiny Tots Tennis classes for 4- to 7-year-olds from 10 to 11 a.m. Mondays and Fridays from May 23 through Aug. 5. The two-day classes provide a fun introduction to the sport with games and prizes. Cost is $30 per week. Junior Tennis Camps for children 6 years and older will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, May 24 through Aug. 4 (camps will run from noon to 3 p.m. between June 21 and July 14). The classes emphasize the development of proper technique of all strokes, and players will be coached in various aspects of match play, including strategy. There will be special age sessions for intermediate and high school players. Cost is $130 per week. For more information and to register, contact Colleen Patton at 881-4037, email email@example.com or download a registration form at hpa.edu.
c The Kona Marathon and Family Runs are slated for a 6:50 a.m. start June 26. Children ages 9 through 19 can sign up for a 5K for $20. For more information, call 967-8240, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit konamarathon.com.
c The Keiki Fun Runs will be held June 18, starting at Kona Commons Shopping Center. Children ages 1 through 14 can participate in age-specific runs/walks with a $10 entry fee. All entrants receive a T-shirt and goodie bag. First event begins at 8 a.m. For more information, call 967-8240, email email@example.com or visit konamarathon.com.
c The Volcano Art Center Rain Forest Runs are slated for Aug. 20 starting at Cooper Center on Wright Road in Volcano Village. Events include a half-marathon, 10K and 5K run/walk and Run For Fun -- Keiki Dash. Free for children ages 1 through 7. For more information, call 967-8240, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit volcanoartcenter.org.
c Hawaii Preparatory Academy offers an equestrian camp May 31 through June 2 and June 7 through 9 that costs $75 per day. The daily three-hour camp is open to students 8 years and older, and offers a diverse training regimen designed to create a working knowledge of the aids and mechanics involved when riding English, as well as proper grooming and tacking procedures. A weekly two-hour Friday riding program is open to students 8 years and older. The program runs from 3 to 5 p.m. The cost is $40 per session. Trail rides (two-hour minimum) can also be arranged on an individual basis. The cost is $35 per hour. For more information or to arrange a trail ride, contact Judy Folk at 885-4302 or 937-2569 or Laura Rose at 885-7194 or 895-6632.
c Waimea Riding Academy at Parker Ranch offers summer day camps from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday for 5- to 16-year-olds. Students will learn how to ride, manage and do horse-related activities, as well as equestrian vaulting, a sport that involves gymnastics, dance and horsemanship. Cost is $250 per week. For more information, call Loki Feliciano at 987-4341.
c Horseplay Equestrian Center's summer day camp is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, May 31 through July 29, for 8- to 12-year-olds. The sessions are $450 per week. For 6- and 7-year-olds, the camp will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday. The cost is $325 per week. Each day includes a mounted English riding lesson plus discussion groups and hands-on activities to learn safety, horse-handling and the nature of the horse. Participants receive a Horseplay T-shirt, a workbook with activities about the horses and ponies the children are meeting, as well as photos, art projects and prizes. For more information, call Cyndy DeMeter at 345-4696 or email email@example.com.
c Hawaii Preparatory Academy offers a youth basketball camp June 6 through 9 for students entering fourth through 10th grade. The camp will focus on skill development, footwork fundamentals and team and in-game instruction. Fourth- through seventh-graders will meet from 8:30 to 10 a.m.; cost is $60. Eighth- through 10th-graders will meet 1 to 4 p.m.; cost is $75. For more information, contact Fred Wawner at 881-4290 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swimming and water
c Hawaii Preparatory Academy offers several water camps. Two week-long swim/water polo sessions are offered from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday through Friday, June 6 through 10 and June 13 through 17, for children ages 8 and older (participants must be able to swim 25 yards or more). Swim instruction will cover the four competitive strokes (butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and freestyle), starts and turns. Water polo instruction will include general water polo skills, ball handling and team play. Cost is $140 per session. For more information, contact Mark Noetzel at 640-6236 or email@example.com. Swimming lessons are also offered Monday through Friday, June 27 through July 8 and July 11 through 22. Students will receive 30 minutes of instruction each day. The cost is $70 per session. For more information, call 881-4088.
c Jack's Diving Locker offers multiple scuba programs for keiki throughout the summer. Fees listed do not include tax or material costs. For more information about any of the camps, call 329-7585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
c Keiki Sea Camp for ages 6 through 9 is offered June 6 through 10, July 11 through 15 and Aug. 1 through 5. Includes beach excursions, swimming, snorkeling, tide pooling, marine life study, arts and crafts. Cost is $225.
c Sea Camp Hawaii -- Octopus and Invertebrates, June 20 through 24, for 8- to 16-year-olds. $250.
c Sea Camp Hawaii -- Coral Reef Ecology, June 27 through July 1, for 8- to 16-year-olds. $250.
c Sea Camp Hawaii -- Sharks and Rays, July 25 through 29, for 10- to 16-year-olds. $250.
c Seal Team Scuba Camp, June 6 through 10 or July 4 through 8, for 8- to 14-year-olds. Includes PADI Seal Team Aqua Missions with basic scuba skills, creature identification, underwater navigation, building a space station underwater and photography. Cost is $295.
c Master Seal Team Camp, June 13 through 17 or July 11 through 15, for 8- to 14-year-olds. Includes PADI Master Seal Team Aqua Missions such as safety, search and recovery, wreck and night dive in pool, along with shallow water shore dives in the ocean. $295.
c Open Water Scuba Camp, May 30 through June 3, June 20 through 24 or July 4 through 8, for 12- to 18-year-olds (10- to 11-year-olds may participate if they are Master Seal Team members and have instructor approval). Includes PADI Open Water Diver course with academics, shallow water skill dives and four open water dives, including a boat trip. $350.
c Advanced Scuba Camp, June 13 through 17 or Aug. 1 through 5, for 12- to 18-year-olds. Includes PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course with academics, skill review in the pool and up to six open water dives from the shore and boat. $350.
c Rescue Diver Camp, June 20 through 24, for 12- to 18-year-olds. Includes PADI Emergency First Responder course with academics, skill dives and shore dive rescue scenarios. $350.
c Specialty Camp -- Buoyancy and UW Photographer Camp, June 6 through 10, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $350.
c Specialty Camp -- UW Navigator and Boat Diver, June 13 through 17, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $350.
c Specialty Camp -- Search and Recovery Diver, June 27 through July 1, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $350.
c Specialty Camp -- Night Diver, July 12 through 15, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $350.
c Specialty Camp -- Manta Ray Diver, July 25 through 29, for 12- to 18-year-olds. $350.
c The Big Island Sailing Foundation is offering three one-week sailing camps. Beginning dinghy sailing for children age 8 through 12 will be June 20 through 24 at Keauhou Bay; dinghy and keelboat sailing for 10- to 16-year-olds will be June 27 through July 1 and intermediate dinghy and intro to racing for 10- to 18-year-olds will be held the third or fourth week in July, both at Honokohau Harbor. Certified instructors and lifeguards will lead the shore and sailing programs. No prior sailing experience required for the June camps, however participants should be able to swim. Booklets and life jackets provided. The camps cost $165 for new sailors and $140 for returning sailors. Scholarships are available. For more information, call Alicia Starsong at 325-5529 or email email@example.com.
c The Holualoa Foundation for Arts and Culture's Summer Art Experience is an art extensive program from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 16 through July 15 at the Donkey Mill Art Center in Holualoa. The five-week design and performance program will focus on the study of sound, music, fine arts traditions and performance. Students will explore drawing, painting, printing, design, ceramics, textile art, papermaking, puppet making, music, poetry and mural painting. The program finale is a performance and gallery showing from 1 to 3 p.m. July 15. Cost is $650. Individual one-week sessions are available during the first three weeks for $175. Deadline for registration is May 22. For more information, call 322-3362.
c SKEA's Summer Art Camp is slated for 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 13 through 17, June 20 through 24 and June 27 through July 1 for children ages 6 through 11. The theme, "Stories and Legends," will provide campers with three weeks of art classes, theater and music inspired by stories and legends from around the world. Early bird registration by June 1. For more information or to register, call 328-9392.
c Junior Music Academy offers its "Multicultural Music Adventures" summer sessions for keiki entering first through third grade. Students will focus on playing musical games from around the world, hands-on instrument playing, singing and improvisation. Session one is 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 6 through 17. Session two is 9 to 11 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, June 20 through July 1. Pre-piano for preschool age children meets at 10 a.m. Tuesdays, May 17 through July 5, or 9 a.m. Thursdays, May 19 through July 7. "Clapping, Wiggles, Bounces and Tickles" for babies and toddlers meets at 9 a.m. Tuesdays, May 17 through July 5, or 10 a.m. Thursdays, May 19 through July 7. For more information, call Mary at 331-2000 or visit juniormusicacademy.com.
c West Hawaii Dance Academy offers summer dance classes to children 3 years and older from June 6 through Aug. 29. Classes include creative movement, classical ballet, hip hop, contemporary and jazz. All ages and abilities are welcome. For more information, call 329-8876 or visit whdt.org.
c Aloha Performing Arts Company offers several summer programs (all except the summer workshop is at the APAC Loft in Kainaliu, across the street from Kimura's Fabrics). Registration deadlines for all programs, except the summer workshop, is May 9. For more information or to register, call 322-9924 or visit apachawaii.org.
c Its summer workshop, Reaching With the Stars, is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 13 through 18, at Aloha Theatre for children ages 8 through 12. The weeklong workshop takes students through the different elements of putting on a staged production, culminating in a performance at week's end. Cost is $175; registration deadline is May 16.
c Teen Scene is from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays, June 1 through 22, for 13 to 15 year olds. Students will choose characters from timeless young-teen classic novels and see those characters acted out, while creating original scenes from the book. Cost is $40.
c Inter-Generational Theatre is from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursdays, June 2 through July 7, for all ages. Scene study of a play will culminate in a performance of scenes. Cost is $60.
c Fairy Tale Theatre is from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m. Mondays, June 6 through 27, for 5 to 7 year olds. Through storytelling, children will develop stage presence and confidence, and learn how to tell their own stories. Cost is $40.
c Audition Techniques is from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. Thursdays, June 2 through 23, for 14 to 18 year olds. Cost is $40.
c When I Grow Up I Want to Be ... is from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursdays, May 31 through June 21, for 8 to 12 year olds. By exploring what they want to be when they grow up and through character development, students will learn how to work together and foster a sense of community. Cost is $40.
c Kona Baptist Church holds its free children's day camp from 9 a.m. to noon June 6 through 10 for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Pre-register by May 30. For more information, call 322-3355.
c Waikoloa Baptist Church offers its free children's camp from 9 a.m. to noon July 18 through 22 for children who have completed kindergarten through sixth grade. With the theme "Big Apple Adventure," children will get to play games, learn Bible stories, sing songs, make crafts and learn about world missions. For more information or to register, call Nancy Whitehead at 557-1724