ʻImiloa Astronomy Center offers second session of keiki enrichment program

The Hālau Lamakū experience is designed to provide social and academic interactions in a learning environment that is engaging and compliant with COVID-19 safety protocols.

Poster: Fall Session 2, Halau Lamaku, Place-based enrichment for keiki. Session 2, Oct. 19-Dec4, Grades K-5, Mahalo to sponsors.

Editor’s Note: As of September 25, Hālau Lamakū’s second session is sold out.

Young girl wearing mask looks at paper with image of plant.
Young explorers observe and learn about plant structure.

ʻImiloa Astronomy Center, a part of the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, will be offering a second session of the fall enrichment program, Hālau Lamakū, for keiki in grades kindergarten to fifth from Oct. 19 to Dec. 4. In this innovative seven-week program, young explorers will experience fun, engaging and educational activities, outdoor exploration, and observations grounded in Hawaiian culture, science, math and art—all from ʻImiloa’s facilities and outdoor gardens.

The program’s structure supports the students’ required distance learning sessions and remote schoolwork. The Hālau Lamakū experience is designed to provide social and academic interactions in a learning environment that is engaging and compliant with COVID-19 safety protocols.

“This program provides a venue where my son is supervised all day,” says Jon Suzuki, whose son is enrolled in the first session. “He has been able to complete his school’s online lessons in addition to learning the fascinating and important things about Hawaiian culture, language and natural history and science.”

The program will also feature exposure to career opportunities, where speakers from various STEM-related fields will be invited to share their professions and answer questions from the inquisitive young participants in interactive Zoom sessions.

For more information about the Session 2 program, visit the Hālau Lamakū website.

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