HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii State Public Library System's 2016 summer reading program kicked off on Saturday at the state library.
The event featured several well-known faces of the island including Olympic gold medal winning skater and author Kristi Yamaguchi, First Lady Dawn Ige and surfing champion Clyde Aikau.
The summer reading campaign is aimed at helping children maintain their reading skills while they are not in school during the summer.
"If you think about your brain, your brain is almost like a muscle. And ifyou exercise that muscle it makes us healthier, it gives us more focus, it helps us to be more productive and it actually helps us concentrate better," state librarian Stacey Aldrich said.
The program runs through July 16 and the six-week program is free to register.
Participants are encourage to read at least 20 minutes a day and there will be weekly incentives for reading, including a poster of Hawaii native NFL quarterback Marcus Mariota.