“We Are Community!” Waimea Resource Fair

It’s free and all are welcome to this casual gallery walk of caring supports and resources for students, families, kupuna and the wider community.  Adding to the enticement will be Blue Zone-friendly snacks, bingo with prizes for children, a drawing for used Chromebooks and a free bag of groceries to take home. 

The idea began as WMS Principal Janice English’s brainstorm to better connect Waimea Middle and Elementary Schools and the wider community with the many helpful services available on Hawai’i Island.  

Everyone who comes will be given a passport to be stamped as they stroll from station to station with a reward of groceries-to-go from Hawai’i Island Food Basket.  Each station along the gallery walk will have information to share – such as tips on safe use of social media to the Blue Zones Project’s Power 9 strategies for living longer better, plus information about reading programs and technology services at Thelma Parker Memorial Library.  Also, AARP volunteers will be available to schedule free tax preparation help. 

There will be help available to apply for SNAP (the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) and signing up for MEDQUEST for free or low cost medical insurance.  Also on hand will be experts to talk about what to do if you or a family member needs a physician, or if you know of someone experiencing loss or having thoughts about suicide. 

Want to know the facts about vaping?  Or how to start a small, surprisingly easy at home hydroponic garden that grows beautiful veggies?  Or what kinds of classes, educational degrees and early college credits are available right here in North Hawai’i at either NHERC or Hawai'i Community College at Palamanui in West Hawai’i?  NHERC is also bringing its cool “owl” camera and mic technology used for distance learning classes. 

Partnering with Waimea Middle School for this event will be the Hamakua Kohala Health Center, Hawai’i Island Food Basket, Blue Zones Project, Tutu & Me/Partners In Development, Mala’ai School Garden, Lili’uokalani Trust, Tutu's House, Hawai'i Community College/NHERC, Thelma Parker Memorial Library, Hawaii County Community Policing, and a Waimea hui dedicated to suicide prevention with family counselor Makela Bruno Kidani. 

 No RSVP is required and there’s plenty of parking near the new 2-story, 9-classrom STEAM Learning Center on the south (Maunakea) side of the middle school campus.  Attendees may enter campus via the back gate near Kahilu Theatre or the main entry and drive to the building, parking along the entry drive and fire lane.  Please don’t block access along the fire lane and don’t drive on the field to protect sprinklers.    

 For information, call Patti Cook at Waimea Middle School (937-2833). 

Event Properties

Event Date 12-04-2019 5:00 pm
Event End Date 12-04-2019 7:00 pm
Location Waimea Middle School campus

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