Keiki and Teen Fests
By Jack Kiyonaga, Reporter
The fifth annual Keiki Fest and second annual Teen Fest took place Saturday, April 15 at Mitchell Pauole Center. Hosted by the Molokai Community Action Team, both events featured free food, music, games and resources for hundreds of keiki and teens and their families.
Tylor Tanaka, part of the Molokai Community Action Team, explained that the events fall in April to signify National Child Abuse Prevention and Sexual Assault Awareness month.
“This month we recognize the importance of families and communities working together to prevent child abuse and neglect. Sexual assault prevention services and supports developed by this collaboration can help to protect children and strengthen families,” explained the Molokai Community Action Team in a Facebook post.
Teen Fest was introduced last year because “the teens felt left out” of the morning kid’s event, according to Tanaka. Aimed at serving Molokai’s teenage population, the evening Teen Fest featured many of the same food and contests as its Keiki Fest counterpart, but also included a concert by Chardonnay.