Week of fun underway at Camp Imua

First Photo: Camp Imua campers and volunteers hit the water in Olowalu on Wednesday morning during their week of good fun, great food and positive experiences. The annual camp for special-needs children based at Camp Maluhia near Kahakuloa started in 1976. This year, there are 56 campers and 130 caregivers, with more than 50 businesses and individuals donating meals, activities, entertainment and other goodies to make the week truly special. The camp is organized by Imua Family Services.

Second Photo: Jewel Gadient poses with her mom, Ivana Gadient, and volunteer Sabrina Nagasako (in hat) after they made a lei together in the Kaluakini Ohana’s tent.

Each year, the extended family harvests a variety of flowers and ti leaves and sets up a free lei-making booth for Camp Imua campers and volunteers.

Thirda Photo: Volunteer Pam Hayes (right photo), a teacher at Carden Academy, hosts a wave- painting station Wednesday afternoon on the grounds of the the Olowalu Plantation House as Saree-Ann Kekahuna (right) and Calia Filikitonga-Lukela work on their creations. Hayes said she thinks every child who grows up in Hawaii should know how to draw waves and palm trees.