NAWILIWILI — Jay Acupan can play anything, said Jordan Pearson, the youth pastor for the Koloa Missionary Church.
“He watches and listens and can pick up just by that,” Pearson said, noting that Acupan will be the “drum boy.”
Acupan’s responsibility will be to learn to play the Cajun drum that will be acquired using a grant from the Young Brothers Community Advisory Board.
The addition of the Cajun drum box will enable the youth to expand their monthly youth-led worship ministry and diversify the “cafe nite” community events which include an open microphone, states a press release from the Koloa Missionary Church.
Additionally, the YB CAB grant will help secure portable outdoor volleyball equipment which will enable the youth to play this popular sport at the church as well as take it on the road to host youth rallies at the beach and at the housing complex located close to the Koloa Missionary Church.
Cafe nites are just one of a variety of programs hosted by the Koloa Missionary Church which benefit the Koloa community.
Other events include the Movie Night On-the-Lawn and the traditional Harvest Festival which provides a carnival atmosphere as alternatives to trick-or-treating during Halloween.
In these events, teens and young adults operate the game booths.
Pearson said, in addition, the youth group hosts monthly coffee and smoothie breaks for teachers and weekly ‘ukulele lessons for children at Koloa School.
Recently, the youth group was on hand during the Koloa Plantation Days to help quench the thirst of the parade marchers and plans to continue this tradition for this year’s event.
The Koloa Missionary Church would like to extend its appreciation to the YB CAB for its support of Kaua‘i’s youth.