What’s a free activity you can do where your keiki have fun and learn something new each year? The 15th Annual Waimea Healthy KeikiFest from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, is a guaranteed good time.
This year, the event will offer about 35 educational booths focused on keiki health and safety at their event at Parker Ranch Center in Waimea.
“My hope would be that they find something from the day that they can carry on into their everyday lives,” said Bernie Ohia, event facilitator from Tutu’s House, the sponsors of Healthy KeikiFest.
At the health fair, keiki from ages 3 to 12 years old are given small yellow KeikiFest passports with six categories listed: mind, safety, nutrition, health, fitness, and environment. When they complete an activity at a booth in one of the areas, they have their passport stamped. When they reach 36 stamps, they can turn their passport in for a ticket they can use for either one turn in the bounce house or for one wall climb. They also receive flexi-flyers upon completion while supplies last.
Activities in the six categories range from bikeways and pathways safety with PATH, to ham radio demonstrations with the Kohala Hamakua Radio Club and healthy eating activities with the American Culinary Federation Chef and Child Foundation. Earl’s Garage will showcase “Chicken in a Cup,” a game where keiki learn about sound vibration. The West Hawaii Mediation Center will teach children techniques for calming down and feelings recognition skills. Booths will teach about soil and water conservation, volcanic activity, word searches, and the importance of cleanliness.
North Hawaii Community Hospital will distribute complimentary bike helmets and bike safety tips to keiki on a first come basis at the North Hawaii Community Hospital booth.
For more information, call Bernie Ohia at 885-6777.