Unlimited bowling, unlimited music and dancing make “GLOW 5-0” the hottest event of the season, created by teens for teens. Happening Sunday, December 16, from 7 to 11 p.m. at KBXtreme in Kailua-Kona, the “straight edge rager” is a youth-only, action-packed night with nonstop dance music by DJs, black lights and glow sticks, bowling, prizes and “no drugs, no drunks and no drama.”
GLOW 5-0 is presented by the Lifeplan Youth Leadership-West Hawaii and the North Hawaii Lifeplan Youth Leadership Team, and is the second annual event, planned and delivered by the teens themselves. Last year’s event rallied over 100 youth aged 13-19 and this year’s goal is 300 or more.
“They want to party, and party doesn’t automatically mean drinking and drugs,” said Lifeplan youth mentor Kei-Lin Cerf, “Just everybody being in the same place… playing the music they want to dance to.”
The youth team created the theme, designed a flyer and posted a Facebook event page with the latest updates and RSVPs. They recruited DJ Chad, DJ Jared, DJ Ohm Grown, plus youth performers, Concept, JTheory and Steve Kim to help keep the dance floor energized. Their dress code guidelines suggest that ragers “dress to impress” – with fluorescent rave outfits like shorts and tank tops OK, but no bikini tops or swimsuit-like bottoms. Outfits can be flashy and wild, but not overly revealing.
They strongly emphasize that no one “under the influence” will be admitted, with no re-entries once teens are inside. “What’s important for the teens is to show there are options, there are choices,” said Cerf. “They see their peers, their family and friends making dangerous choices, and they want to prove it’s possible to have a fantastic clean and sober party.”
Tickets are $7 at the door, $5 pre-sale, available from Team members at Kealakehe High School, or at KBXtreme and Mama’s House in Waimea. Parents may drop young people off, go enjoy dinner or holiday shopping and return to pick them up. Adult chaperones will watch the exits, and discreetly monitor GLOW 5-0 to help keep kids safe.
“We’ve been blessed with adult supporters who believe in what these teens are doing,” said Cerf, “and our hope is that more community members step up and help the youth provide much-needed, and really good, activities for people their own age.”
Organizers are recruiting adult chaperones; lane sponsors, prizes and donations. Lane sponsorships are only $150 for the full night of bowling. Small prizes such as $10 gift cards for pizza or shopping make the perfect prize donation. To help, please call Kei-Lin Cerf at 896-6110.
GLOW 5-0 is supported by Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Lifeplan founder Andy and Kate Mecca, Mama’s House, Bob and Becky Holman, Waikoloa Irrigation and Landscape Maintenance, North Hawaii Drug-Free Coalition, Models Not Bottles, Big Island Substance Abuse Council and others, with the assistance of KBXtreme, Purevybe Entertainment, Native FM-Pacific Radio Group, Body Glove Cruises, Project Grad and Randy Shelor, graphic arts teacher at Kealakehe High School.
The Lifeplan Youth Leadership teams are part of Lifeplan Institute Hawaii Island, a creative youth mentoring program, committed to providing 5,000 island teens with a goal-driven “Lifeplan” by 2015. For more information, visit www.lifeplanhawaii.org
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