Community Day at the Leeward Y offers food, fun, entertainment and more!

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The public is invited to Community Day at the Leeward YMCA on Saturday, January 13, 2018, 10 am – 1 pm, located at 99-440 Mokuola Street in Waipahu.  Admission is free with a nominal fee for food, games and bouncer.

The community is also invited to try out any YMCA of Honolulu Y Branch with a free 3-day pass available online or at any Y Branch.  The Y offers more than 100 different group exercise classes, heated pools, state-of-the-art fitness, cardio and strength training equipment and machines, personal trainers, family activities and events, youth programs and more.  And, beginning January 1, Y memberships are good nationwide at participating Y's across the U.S. - more than 2,000-plus!

The Leeward Y Community Day event will feature fun activities for all ages, entertainment, the Aloha Plate Food Truck, Smoke Stack and Facility tours, farmers market, craft fair, demonstrations of the latest fitness classes, and a special presentation of "Be B.R.A.V.E." by Mahealani Sims-Tulba and Comedian Augie T for kids and parents on preventing and standing up against bullying.

B.R.A.V.E. Hawaii was founded and created by Mahealani Sims-Tulba in 2013. B.R.A.V.E. stands for Be Respectful and Value Everyone. Being a victim of bullying herself, Mahealani works to bring awareness to students against bullying, being kind and respectful, goal setting, personal development and motivation. She is also the author and illustrator of the book "It's Okay to Be Different." She wrote the book as her way of dealing with her bullying situation. She wanted to turn her negative experience into a positive one and it is also her way of sharing her experience with others.

At the Community Day, Mahealani Sims-Tulba and Augie T will conduct a 30-minute anti-bullying program with interaction with kids and their parents through skits, games, and Mahea reading from her book "It's ok to be different" and sharing her personal story about her experience with bullying.

Special tours of the restored Waipahu Sugar Mill 175-foot smokestack will also be offered along with tours of the facility.  A symbol of the once-thriving sugar cane industry, the original Oahu Sugar Co. mill smokestack continues as a treasured landmark of the Waipahu community and the centerpiece of the Leeward YMCA.  Restoration and maintenance of the smokestack has been a community effort supported by the Leeward YMCA, generous donors and State and City funding.

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