Services to fill those days off


POSTED: Sunday, October 18, 2009

Many groups in Hawaii are offering daylong alternative programs—from robotics to martial arts—for public school students losing 17 days of instruction a year due to state budget cuts.

But the groups said while they've received many inquiries, they haven't enrolled a lot of children, even though more than 170,000 students are scheduled to be out of public school on furlough days. The first furlough day is Friday.

“;I think a lot of the parents are unsure what they're going to do,”; said Jim Gagne, chief operating officer for the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii. “;I think ... (this) week will be really busy.”;

Several groups said they have waiting lists of teachers who want to work on the 17 furlough Fridays to make up for some of their lost wages.

But the groups said they haven't hired many new teachers and won't until they figure out the demand for student programs.

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Gagne is doubtful there are enough groups to provide the services.

“;I just don't think all of our programs together are enough to make up for the kids who will be looking for something to do,”; he said.

Gagne said his group's challenge has been to put together a program that's affordable to parents, including those facing reduced work hours such as state workers.

Gagne said his group, serving youths 7 to 17 years old, hopes to design a curriculum to provide for the students' academic needs.

YMCA of Honolulu President Larry Bush said his group as well as others are looking at ways to provide services for the students.

“;There are a myriad of organizations looking at filling the need,”; he said. “;The question for us all is how will this grow?”;

Yesterday, city officials and child care providers announced that parks in Kaneohe and Manoa would also be available for use by YMCA Honolulu and Kamaaina Kids for child care programs on Furlough Fridays. Depending on interest and demand for the services, additional city parks may be used.

The programs will serve children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Program activities will include recreational and educational components. Care will be provided from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kama'aina Kids President Ray Sanborn said his group is also working with a couple of companies interested in providing child-care services for their employees during furlough Fridays.

“;They're going back and talking to the employees,”; he said.

Sanborn said if businesses are able to provide enough for 20 children, his group is willing to start a program.

The offerings range in cost from free online credit courses provided by the Myron B. Thompson Academy to the $755 program in robotics offered by isisHawaii.

Lynn Fujioka, president and founder of isisHawaii, said the program is aligned with public school curriculum and helps to provide students with marketable skills.

Meanwhile, military officials in Hawaii said they have been having discussions and assisting armed forces families who have more than 15,000 children attending public schools in the state.

Pacific Command spokesman Marine Maj. Brad Gordon said programs are being developed at the base and station level for military families.

Gordon said with furlough days scheduled over the next two years, there are bound to be changes and adjustments.

Jeff Piontek, head of school at the Hawaii Technology Academy, said there's been no shortage of teaching applicants for furlough days.

Piontek said he posted an advertisement online this past week. “;We got four applicants within the first hour,”; he said.





        The following is a list of some of the programs offered as alternative activities for students who will be out of public schools on furlough days starting this Friday:



Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii

        Services: Ages 7 to 17, academic program with teachers.

        Contact: 949-4203, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

        Cost: $20-$25 a day, requires membership.

        Location: Waianae, Nanakuli, Ewa Beach, McCully; Kauai: Kapaa, Waimea.

        Services: All-day programs include homework time and guidance, enrichment projects, recreational and sports-related activities. Sites serve K-6th grade; Camp Erdman, ages 6 to 15.
        Contact: 531-9622, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $25-$40 a day
        Locations: YMCA facilities at Central, Kaimuki-Waialae, Kalihi, Leeward, Mililani, Nuuanu, Windward and YMCA Camp Erdman on the North Shore.


Kama'aina Kids
        Services: K-6th grade, all-day child care. The organization has provided child care for its A+ after-school program.
        Contact: 262-4538, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $25 a day
        Locations: Central Oahu—Hickam, Iliahi, Mililani Tech Park, Mokulele, Salt Lake and Waimalu; Leeward Oahu—Ewa at Child and Family Services, Iroquois Point, Kaleiopuu; Honolulu—Hahaione, Hokulani, Kalihi Waena, Koko Head and Laniakea YWCA; Windward Oahu—Ahuimanu, Enchanted Lake and Kaneohe Preschool; Big Island—Hilo Union, Keonepoko, Waiakea, Kealakehe, Konawaena, Waikoloa; and Maui—Kalama Park, Lahaina, and Wailuku.


Moiliili Community Center Children and Families Program
        Services: Ages 5-11; children will be exposed to some basic curriculum, including mathematics, reading, spelling, geography, and arts and crafts.
        Contact: 955-1555, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $175 for the seven days this calendar year.
        Location: 2535 S. King St.


Hawaii Technology Academy (Public Charter School)
        Services: K-5th grade, enrichment program in core courses, including mathematics, science, reading, science, art, dance and digital media.
        Contact: 676-5444, McKenna Marich .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $35 a day
        Location: 94-810 Moloalo St., Waipahu


Bishop Museum
        Services: K-6th grade, featuring sciences, Hawaiian culture, astronomy, art, and learning through traveling exhibits.
        Contact: 848-4168, Hi'ilani Shibata, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $35 a day for nonmembers
        Location: 1525 Bernice St.


Honolulu Academy of Arts
        Services: 1st-6th grade, offers painting, drawing, printmaking, museum experience, outdoor art experience, sculpture, clay, paper mache and tile mosaics.
        Contact: 532-8741, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $150 for three-day session
        Location: Academy Art Center at Linekona


Hawaii Nature Center
        Services: Ages 6-11, offers day camp and outdoor, multi-disciplinary educational experiences.
        Contact: On Oahu, call 955-0100, ext. 31, or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); on Maui, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $35-$50 a day
        Location: 2131 Makiki Heights Drive


Gymboree Play and Music
        Services: K-1st grade, offers language arts, mathematics, story, music, show and tell, arts, science, gym time and team games.
        Contact: Aiea, 486-7529; Honolulu, 737-8111.
        Cost: $33 a day
        Location: Aiea


Science Playground at Children's Discovery Center
        Services: Ages 5-8, each program offers a new science lesson. All programs include indoor and outdoor play, plus healthy snacks.
        Contact: 524-5437, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $40 nonmembers
        Location: 111 Ohe St.


Chinese Language School, Chinese Lutheran Church of Honolulu
        Services: Chinese language (Mandarin) classes.
        Contact: 550-8261, 375-0899, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $660/17-day package
        Location: 1640 Liliha St.


isisHawaii and Hawaii Children's Discovery Center
        Services: Middle and high school, offers creative and innovative skills through the use of advanced technology (3D computer aided design/robotics).
        Contact: 524-5437, Liane Usher, or e-mail Lynn Fujioka, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $755/17-day session
        Location: 1111 Ohe St.


Honolulu Zoological Society
        Services: Ages 6-11, offers day camp, games and activities, animal encounters and conservation.
        Contact: Leigh Ann Ford, 971-7195, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $30-$35 a day
        Location: Honolulu Zoo


Oahu Discovery
        Services: K-8th, offers educational field trips of Oahu aboard chartered buses.
        Contact: 531-5050, David Millwood, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $39-$45 a day
        Location: 1272 S. King, Suite 205


Vim N' Vigor/Island Monkeez
        Services: K-4th grade, with indoor, air-conditioned playground for play and learning.
        Contact: Sherrie or Fudge, 484-4787
        Cost: $40 a day
        Location: 98-1247 Kaahumanu St., Pearl City


The Cole Academy
        Services: K-6th grade, offers academics and enrichment activities. Morning and afternoon snack provided.
        Contact: Downtown, 531-4500; Kaimuki, 732-4200; Kunia campus, 677-4488
        Cost: $40 a day
        Location: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Epic Foundation
        Services: 1st-6th grade, academic day .
        Contact: 955-6100, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)
        Cost: $50 a day
        Location: Bishop Museum, Atherton Halau.


Myron B. Thompson Academy (Public Charter School)
        Services: 9th-12th grade, public charter school, online interdisciplinary credit courses.
        Contact: Diana Oshiro, 441-8001
        Cost: Free
        Location: Honolulu


Applause Performance Academy LLC
        Services: K-12, offers performing arts and a scholastic creative writing program.
        Contact: Donna Kashimoto, 622-1272, 623-4778
        Cost: $25-$30 a day
        Location: 614 Kilani Ave., Wahiawa


The Studio by Egan Inoue
        Services: K-6th grade, fun and learning at a martial arts school. Snacks and drinks included.
        Contact: Corrie Rimell, 988-6200
        Cost: $45 a day
        Location: 2754 Woodlawn Drive, Suite 7-103A, Manoa Marketplace


Patrick Ching's Naturally Hawaiian Gallery
        Services: 3rd-6th grade, offers writing, art and horsemanship.
        Contact: Patrick Ching, 259-5354
        Cost: $55 a day
        Location: Waimanalo


Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo
        Services: K-8th grade.
        Contact: 808-969-9720, imiloahawaii.org
        Cost: $30 a day nonmembers
        Location: 600 Imiloa Place, Hilo