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Keeping the lights on at Waikoloa Elementary School

<p>Waikoloa School Chicken Dancers perform fearlessly. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Waikoloa School Chicken Dancers perform fearlessly. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

<p>Zachary Van Sprosen works on his Chicken Dance with style. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Zachary Van Sprosen works on his Chicken Dance with style. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

<p>Fun Walk finishers with their “Afterschool for all” wristbands: Front, Deborah Alokoa. Middle, Ema Canario-Taula, Kylee Kahuanui Keawe, Junior Freddy, O’Hara Lambert. Back, Leilani Jensen, Kya Hamilton. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Fun Walk finishers with their “Afterschool for all” wristbands: Front, Deborah Alokoa. Middle, Ema Canario-Taula, Kylee Kahuanui Keawe, Junior Freddy, O’Hara Lambert. Back, Leilani Jensen, Kya Hamilton. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

<p>Lurisse Freddy gets a cooling spritz during the “Lights On Afterschool” Fun Walk. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)</p>

Lurisse Freddy gets a cooling spritz during the “Lights On Afterschool” Fun Walk. (PHOTO BY CATHERINE TARLETON| SPECIAL TO NHN)

Running, walking, jumping rope, jack-jumping and chicken-dancing their way around the field, about 80 kids took part in Waikoloa School’s “Lights on Afterschool” Fun Walk, Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the school. Part of a national program, the event was organized by Carolyn Brighter and her team from Kama’aina Kids A+ Program to help raise awareness of the benefits of after school activities. According to www.afterschoolalliance.com, the hours between 3 and 6 p.m. are peak times for young people to experiment with drugs, alcohol, cigarettes and sex—and engaging alternative activities are a strong protective factor.