Children’s cooking classes offered

Young people ages 12 to 18 who are interested in learning how to prepare some of their favorite foods can now sign up for cooking classes, county officials said in a press release.

The classes are being offered through the county’s Malama Na ‘Opio after-school program, at the Hawaii Army National Guard Kapa’a armory Mondays from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and at the Waimea Neighborhood Center Thursdays, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Joan Kealalio is the instructor at the Kapa’a armory, while Valerie Santiago teaches the classes at Waimea Neighborhood Center.

Those interested in registering for the cooking classes should stop by the Kapa’a armory or the Waimea Neighborhood Center, or call 241-4468.

Funding for the programs is being provided by federal drugprevention programs through a grant awarded to county officials and administered through the county’s anti-drug office.

Every week, participants learn how to prepare new dishes, said Lopaka Bodnar, site coordinator at the Kapa’a armory.

Among the list of dishes planned for the cooking classes are Chinese pretzels, cookies, mud pie, pizza, quesadillas, teriyaki beef and rice.

“The kids really enjoy the cooking classes,” Bodnar said, adding that space is still available for anyone interested in signing up.

In addition to the cooking classes, teens and pre-teens may also register for other activities offered in the Malama Na ‘Opio program, including hip-hop dancing, sewing, ‘ukulele, and more.

Public transportation is available for participants who need rides to the program sites.

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