Youth Festival of Arts Comes to Kanu O Ka ‘Āina

Talented youth share their creative works in visual arts, poetry and music at the “Youth Festival of Arts” on Friday, February 22 at the Kanu O Ka ‘Āina New Century Public Charter School campus in Waimea.

Youth Festival of Arts

From 3 to 6 p.m., the public is invited to meet the artists and enjoy their mixed media arts exhibit, hear original and recited poetry and music.  Young artists age 10 to 17 will have the chance to experience art demonstrations by local professionals in “mini-classes” presented every half-hour from 3:30-5:00 p.m.  Admission is free and light refreshments are provided.

The family-friendly Youth Festival of Arts is presented by Lifeplan Youth Leaders of Waimea (LYLW), a project of Five Mountains Hawai‘i, and sponsored by the Richard Smart Fund of Hawai‘i Community Foundation.  The event will also incorporate the Senior Projects of three Kanu o Ka ‘Āina  students, including Luana Zablan, who is leading the organizing efforts of the LYLW group.

Student artists in grades 6-12, who live or go to school in Waimea, are encouraged to submit up to three of their best paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, jewelry, textiles, “recycle art” or photography for the community display.  Submission forms are available at Parker School, Kanu o Ka ‘Āina, Five Mountains office or online, at, and the deadline to enter is February 15, 2013.  Youth artists who attend the Festival will receive a Certificate of Participation and chance to enter prize drawings for art supplies and a Go Pro camera.

“The youth leadership team holds a vision of creating teen events that strengthen relationships between students from different schools in Waimea.  For this project, they wanted showcase creative talent to inspire and honor local youth,” said Robin Mullin, executive director of Five Mountains Hawai‘i and Lifeplan youth mentor.  “They decided not to have a juried show or competitive process, but to follow more of the traditions of ‘hō‘ike,’ sharing the knowledge they’ve gained with the community who supports them.”

Lifeplan Youth Leadership Waimea is part of the 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

For more information on Youth Festival of Arts, call Five Mountains Hawai‘i, at 887-1281 or visit

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