Halloween Family Building by MEO Youth Services: Maui Now

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October 31, 2022, 6:19 p.m. HST

Ka`imi Barrona (left to right), Isaiah Emata, Tiana Elaban, and Derek “Kaikea” Barrona pose for a family photo at the Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 28.

Nineteen families – with youth and adults dressed in their Halloween costume – joined the Maui Economic Opportunity Youth Services Family Night on Friday, October 28.

The evening included a potluck, games, costume contest and an information session on the new 988 Suicide and Crisis hotline. The group also watched “Hocus Pocus 2” at MEO classrooms in Wailuku.

At the end of the evening, the parents left and the 15 young people stayed for the night. The next morning they got up early to volunteer at 49e Maui County Senior Fair at War Memorial Gym.

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MEO Youth Services organizes family nights, such as the Halloween event, to strengthen family bonds between young people in its after-school programs and during the fall, winter, spring and summer holidays. Suicide awareness and prevention, as well as community engagement, are key elements of youth services programs in Maui and Moloka’i.

MEO Youth Services helps vendors unload their vehicles at the Maui County Senior’s Fair on Saturday, October 29 at the War Memorial Gym.

Youth Services programs, which also include in-school classes, are designed to provide alternative drug-free activities to increase leadership skills and protective factors against harmful and destructive behaviors. Youth participate in activities related to Hawaiian cultures and spanning environmental awareness, volunteerism, civic engagement and advocacy.

For more information about the program, which is offered free of charge with transportation provided, call 808-243-4315 or email dane.ka'[email protected]

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