Love working with kids? The city is hiring staff for Summer Fun programs

The city anticipates some 9,000 kids between the ages of ages 6 to 13 to take part in the program.
Published: Apr. 11, 2022 at 4:05 PM HST|Updated: Apr. 11, 2022 at 5:52 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The City is bringing back its Summer Fun program to full capacity this year and it needs 500 seasonal employees for 58 sites around Oahu.

For parents, it also means standing in line to get your kids in.

The City’s Summer Fun program was scaled back due to to the pandemic. But this summer, it’s planning to go to full capacity with 9,000 keiki ages 6 to 13.

“For the last two years we’ve kind of migrated up. It’s been very difficult. We are going to go to full capacity. This is a 70-year old tradition in Honolulu. We are really excited about it,” said Blangiardi.

For many parents, getting up before dawn to sign up for a slot is a rite of passage.

“How early will they line up? That has yet to be seen. We’ll see especially with us getting back to full capacity if we are back to 2019 levels,” said Nathan Serota, city Department of Parks and Recreation spokesman.

Last year’s online registration had some technical kinks so the city is going back to in person registration this year. Registration is on May 14 at 9 a.m.

“For this time around with getting back to full capacity, we wanted to have a program that we knew works,” said Serota.

The six-week program from June through mid-July costs up to 125 dollars and the City needs seasonal workers to who will be paid between $15 and $16.75 per hour.

“You get to have fun. You get to make a difference in a child’s life and teach them things that nurture and add to their quality of life,” said Shana Macadangdang, Children and Youth coordinator for the city Department of Parks and Recreation.

Last year, the city says it had a hard time finding staff and with continued labor issues this year. Mayor Blangiardi is encouraging people to get a summer job with the city.

“We are in unchartered waters right now. It’s a very different and interesting labor market so I’m just going to keep my fingered crossed,” said Blangiardi.

For more information on jobs and registration, click here.

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