By Doodie Downs, Community Liaison & Recruitment Coordinator
On March 5, 2011, the UHH Campus Center Plaza and Library Lanai were the sites of the 20th Annual Na Pua Noʻeau Hawaiian Family AfFair. This yearʻs theme was, Holomoana “Sailing the Open Seas”, and it honored Hawaiiʻs island navigators.
There were a number of informational booths, providing visitors with advice on a wide range of topics covering health, education, and social services. There were arts and crafts booths showcasing local island vendors, as well as make and take crafts for the keiki and families. There were also a nice selection of food booths, many favorites from year’s past, like roast pork, Portuguese bean soup, smoke meat, chili, and lots of goodies and sweets.
Hawaii Community College, coordinator of the Healthy Keiki contest, enjoyed a morning filled with children ages one to three. Children came, some in costume, and spoke, sang, shaka-ed and waved, and shared toys and stories with the judges. Student volunteers from the Human Services programs assisted with the set up and break down, registration, line up, photography, and awards. MC for the event were the Information Center’s Helen Tupa’i and CLRO Doodie Downs.
The event judges Kalani Kahalepauole, Valerie Hafford, and Karen Kane, educators and community leaders, are all kupuna and have over 30 grandchildren between them!! They enjoyed interacting with the keiki and found their parents to be patient and engaging. In the end, all contestants received a certificate of participation. The winners were announced at the Campus Center Plaza and received great prizes from local vendors such as the Imi Loa Astronomy Center, KTA, Na Makua, Sig Zane, Big Island Candies, and from the NPN committee.
Doodie Downs and Sandi Alapai from the Community Liaison & Recruitment Office coordinated the Healthy Keiki Contest.