Resource Fair Brings Family Fun
By Catherine Cluett Pactol | Editor
A community resource fair hosted by the Molokai Homestead Farmers Alliance brought nearly 1000 residents to Lanikeha last Saturday for family fun and community education.
The Hawaii National Guard showcased their helicopter on the field, while keiki checked out fire trucks, bouncy castles and a petting zoo. Families could take home free books from the Molokai Public Library mobile van, participants of a scavenger hunt were entered to win Hawaiian Airlines tickets, and attendees dined on the island’s most ono food booth vendors. Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, the Maui Police Dept., American Youth Soccer Organization on Molokai, educational organizations, Molokai Community Health Center and many more showcased opportunities for Native Hawaiians, youth and career development. Students from the Molokai Robotics program demonstrated their newly built robot to get keiki inspired for STEM fields. A chili cook-off and pie-baking contest drew out the community’s best chefs and community members browsed locally made crafts from Molokai vendors. A grease pig contest brought squealing entertainment and local bands took the stage, along with Molokai’s own Amy Hanaialii closing out the day’s live entertainment.
The community event represented among the first of its kind as COVID-19 mandates wind down and the island returns to a new normal.