Mall to highlight safety at Family event

Maui Mall is highlighting safety at its free monthly Family Sunday event from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday.

The event will feature free keiki IDs, displays and presentations by the Maui Fire Department, American Red Cross and more.

It will also include the student recognition and iPad Mini giveaway based on teacher nominations, an eating contest, emergency preparedness family scavenger hunt (which must be led by an adult) and onstage trivia by Read Aloud America. The winning family of the scavenger hunt will receive a $100 gift card from Longs Drugs.

Other highlights:

* Yu-Gi-Oh! Duelist League tournament and free workshop. Call Robert Loera at 385-5753 for more information.

* Fun Factory keiki scavenger hunt.

* Free safety-themed keiki crafts by Maui United Way.

* Free healthy snacks for kids provided by Whole Foods Market.

* Onstage trivia by Read Aloud America in Whole Foods Market immediately after Family Sundays.

Maui teachers can nominate an outstanding student to be recognized and entered to win an iPad Mini at future Family Sundays events this year. Event dates and information about student nominations can be found at

Student winners chosen between March and November will have a chance to win a MacBook Air notebook on Jan. 26 during the Maui Mall Family Sundays finale event.

Last month, Maui Mall awarded Lihikai Elementary School 4th-grader Caitlyn Riopta an iPad Mini. She was nominated by her teacher Reid Fukushima, who called her responsible, intelligent, modest and kind.

“Caitlyn shows great leadership skills and has the ability to get along well with everyone she meets,” said Fukushima. “She studies hard and always turns in her work on time. . . . When doing her work she will go over and beyond what is required of her.”

Riopta serves as classroom treasurer and has won the Surfer of the Month award and Positive Action reward.

She is involved in Girl Scouts and takes piano lessons.