Hawaii children showcase learning through music

WAILUKU, Maui (KHNL) - More than 1,000 youth from the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai showcased their learning through song and dance on Maui last Friday as part of the County's PAL (Play and Learn Sessions) Hoolaulea.

Several hundred participants represented their program sites with dances and skits.

The Hoolaulea was one of two events put on by the PALS program that involved all PALS participants across the county.

Children in PALS learn skills in sports and games; take part in cultural learning activities including music, dance, arts & crafts and language lessons; and have weekly excursions to local swimming pools, beaches, parks and cultural plays/productions.

"The best aspect of PALS is that it provides a unique experience for the children of Maui County, by incorporating both the cultural and physical aspects of summer fun in a safe and nurturing program," said Margaret Manini, PALS site coordinator.

Children participated in a variety of activities, including carnival games, soccer, arts and crafts, pool swimming, an array of party bouncers, and a cool snack at the end of the day.