Keiki camp will teach Hawaiian culture

Maui keiki ages 8 through 16 are invited to join a culturally immersive and educational camp during the week of June 17-21 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The camp will primarily be led by Vene Chun, a Hawaiian cultural practitioner who has been taught for many years by his elder, Kimokeo Kapahulehua. Other Hawaiian practitioners will be joining to teach the keiki as well.

The Hawaiian outdoor education camp will be held on a private beachfront property on North Kihei Road. Each day, youths will paddle canoe, learn Hawaiian chants and values, hear Hawaiian storytelling and learn life skills. Over the course of the week, they will learn hula dancing, lei-making, poi-pounding, fishing, rock wall restoration and, most importantly, how to work cooperatively together. Visit www.makoaquest.com for costs.

This camp is hosted by Makoa Quest, a culturally rooted company on Maui that partners with Hawaiian cultural practitioners. Donations will be made each day to the Kimokeo Foundation to support their mission to “preserve and perpetuate Hawai’i’s unique culture, its language, people and environment for the benefit of Maui’s people and generations yet to come.” Water, life jackets and all materials other than lunch will be provided.

Space is limited to 15 youths each day. Visit makoaquest.com to register. For more information, contact makoaquest@gmail.com or call Meagan DeGaia at 214-0355.

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