Exciting things on tap for keiki

WAIPOULI — Mari de Moya literally hit the ground running.

The new executive director for the Kaua‘i Children’s Discovery Museum said they have exciting things on tap for Kaua‘i’s keiki.

Currently KCDM hosts a family fun day Saturday at 10:30 a.m. through its Auntie Bookworm program.

“This is a fun way for families to enjoy reading and crafts,” de Moya said. “The program is sponsored through the Hawai‘i Pizza Hut Literacy Fund/Hawai‘i Community Foundation.”

Because of the funding, families get to enjoy a story from Auntie Bookworm as well as a related craft which families get to take with them.

De Moya said the Auntie Bookworm program is a continuing event each Saturday.

Additionally, KCDM will be hosting a family Mardi Gras Party on Feb. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at its facility under the watchtower at Kaua‘i Village Shopping Center.

De Moya said this is a spin-off from the adult party, and for $3 admission, everyone will leave with something.

A costume parade, with attendees encouraged to dress up for refreshments, crafts and games are on tap for the family event. De Moya said they have a limited amount of costumes for keiki should they have a problem finding one of their own.

De Moya, who was nervous about the flickering electricity from yesterday’s high winds, said one of the first things she noticed when she reported for work was the failure to acknowledge the volunteers.

“One of my first duties was to host a small reception to recognize some of our outstanding volunteers for last year,” she said.

Jonathan Chun, KCDM board president, joined de Mayo to acknowledge the efforts of Natalie Lewis, who was awarded “Intern of the Year 2006.”

Wailani Reyes received the award for “Junior Intern of the Year for 2006,” and Elizabeth Navas was selected as “Volunteer of the Quarter” for the period between October and December.

“We always need volunteers,” de Mayo said. “There are many opportunities at KCDM, including internships for youth between the ages of 11 and 17.”

Marie Cannella, one of the KCDM staff members, noted they are working with Kapa‘a Elementary School in preparation for the Chinese New Year.

But for now, KCDM will be one of the many family-oriented vendors to participate in the “Celebrating Kaua‘i Families,” an Eastside family summit Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Kapa‘a High School Courtyard.


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