FOR THE FAMILY
Month celebrates importance of youth
October is Children and Youth Month in Hawaii, a designation created in 1997 as a way of recognizing the importance of nurturing children, our state's greatest asset.
Parents and guardians are invited to spend quality time with their keiki at one of many October events celebrating youths. Here's the schedule:
» McDonald's and Hawaii Children's Trust Fund's Children and Youth Day takes place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the state Capitol, Iolani Palace, Washington Place, Hawaii State Art Museum and Honolulu Hale. There will be free fun for the whole family, including a Teen Zone with Sassy and G Magazine. Call 586-6130 for more information.
» Child safety and booster seat checkup: Takes place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Department of Health's Miller Street parking lot (enter on Punchbowl Street). Get free instruction on how to safely install and use a child safety seat. Sponsored by the Queen's Medical Center and KIPC. Call 537-7117.
» Hawaii Student Film Festival and HSTV Showcase: See top isle students' videos, screening 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Kalanimoku Building (corner of Punchbowl and Beretania streets). Free. Call 671-5219 or visit hawaiistudentfilmfestival.org
» 18th Annual Talk Story Festival: Hawaii's largest and oldest storytelling celebration takes place from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the McCoy Pavilion Auditorium at Ala Moana Beach Park. Repeats 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14, with a storytelling workshop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 15. Free. Call 692-5751 or visit www.honoluluparks.com
» See Talk Story, above.
» Aloha Peace Youth Forum 2006: "Dialogues for Peace -- Youth Voices for the Future," sponsored by the United Nations Association at SGI-USA HI, 2729 Pali Highway, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 387-7271 or visit www.unahawaii.org
. Repeats Oct. 15.
» See Aloha Peace Youth Forum, above.
» Teen Read Week: Get active at a library to learn how to prepare for college, choose a career and lead an active life. Programs will take place through Oct. 21 at selected libraries throughout the state. Call 831-6878 for details, or visit www.librarieshawaii.org
» Keiki Caucus Summit: Help define keiki issues and develop actions during "Many Voices, One Dream -- Building a Healthy Sustainable Future for Hawaii," 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the state Capitol Auditorium. Free. Call 586-6130.
» Kapiolani Medical Center Pali Momi's Family Health Fair: Participate in health screenings and fun family activities, 9 a.m. to noon. Free, at the center at Pali Momi at Pearlridge. Call 485-4329.
» Child safety and booster seat checkup: Takes place at the Toys "R" Us Pearlridge parking lot from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Free. Sponsored by Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children and KIPC. Call 983-8159.
» Straub Foundation's KidsFest: Family event promoting healthy and active lifestyles and increasing awareness of injury prevention and drug abuse, with games, exhibits and entertainment, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bishop Museum. Free. Call 524-6755.
» Windward Mall's SafetyTrick or Treat: Safe trick-or-treating for the whole family and other fun activities, 5 to 7 p.m. at the Kaneohe mall. Free. Call 235-1143 or visit www.WindwardMall.com
» Bishop Museum Treat Street: More safe trick-or-treating and fun activities for children and families from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Bishop Museum. Free. Call 847-3511 or visit www.bishopmuseum.org