HONOLULU (KHON2) — Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi and the Department of Parks and Recreation announced that the Summer Fun Program is returning to full capacity with about 9,000 keiki estimated to participate.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the program previously operated at a reduced capacity. Mayor Blangiardi and DPR staff held a news conference on Monday, April 11, to discuss this update.

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The Summer Fun Program is available for kids between the ages of six and 13 and will run for approximately six weeks from June to mid-July at 58 sites across Oahu. Blangiardi said they are now looking for seasonal workers who can help run it, including volunteer Junior leaders aged 14 to 17 who can also help out.

“I hope anyone interested in helping to be part of the Summer Fun team gets the chance to enjoy the program. The bottom line is the more staff we get the more keiki we can accommodate. Let’s do our part to accommodate as many keiki as possible.”

Honolulu Mayor Rick Blangiardi

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“Without having the staff, we can’t accommodate those 9,000 children we’re looking forward to having this year,” said Shana Macadangdang, the child and youth coordinator for DPR.

Nathan Serota with the DPR explained that registration for the 2022 Summer Fun will be in-person only. However, they are working on getting on developing their online registration abilities for the future.

Serota said that the program’s registration fee is $25 per child. An additional activity fee of up to $100 may also be required, which will vary at different sites. Registration will begin at 9 a.m. until noon on Saturday, May 14, at the program site where kids will be enrolled into.

In the news conference, Serota explained that they received about $1.6 million from the American Rescue Plan Act – State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds with about half a million going toward supplies for the entire Summer Fun Program.

The rest will go to qualifying households to cover the activity fee and add an additional snack as part of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture-sponsored Summer Food Service Program, which provides meals to lower-income families in areas hit hard by COVID.

“We’re really happy to get those federal funds to help supplement this program. Summer Fun isn’t just about fun, it’s also about nourishment, it’s about education. It’s about raising kids to be the leaders of tomorrow.”

Nathan Serota with the DPR

Mask wearing will be optional for both Summer Fun staff and kids, added Blangiardi.

According to DPR, certain Summer Fun locations will offer Summer Plus, which provides activities for enrolled keiki before and after the Summer Fun Program’s regular hours.

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Summer Fun will run from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday between Monday, June 6, and Friday, July 22.