MEO’s new Kāohi youth program kicks off with fun, education and activities on Molokaʻi


Saige Dudoit-Hart and Layla Labrado helped distribute food at the Maui Food Bank distribution at the Molokai Veterans Center. The Maui Economic Opportunity Kāohi Youth Program team sorted chilled, fresh, and non-perishable items for pickup by the agency/organization on June 16. PC: MOE
Dallin Tancayo taught youth from the MEO Youth Services Kāohi program basic vehicle maintenance on June 14. It covered vehicle fluids, changing wiper blades and sealing a tire. PC: MOE
Saige Dudoit-Hart and Layla Labrado built a cardboard castle and presented the gift at MEO Head Start on Moloka’i on June 15. Both are part of MEO Youth Services’ Kāohi program, a prevention program targeting suicide, bullying, smoking, substance and alcohol abuse. PC: MOE

Youth at the inaugural Maui Economic Opportunity Kāohi program in Moloka’i helped with food distribution and learned about vehicle maintenance, including changing wiper blades and fixing a tire, according to a Press release.

MEO Youth Services brought its drug, alcohol, smoking, bullying and suicide prevention programs to Moloka’i with a $100,000 grant from the Nuestro Futuro Foundation. The program focuses on middle and high school aged youth by offering community service, life skills and leadership activities, as well as excursions around the island.

Kāohi’s first week activities from June 13-17 included basic vehicle maintenance, building a cardboard castle for Head Start preschoolers, and helping distribute Maui Food Bank at the Moloka’i Veterans Center.

Activities planned for this week and the rest of June include a hike in Kalae, a trip to Lokomaikai Farm, tie-dye shirt making and plant growing, as well as sign making and agitation for LGBT pride month.

For the summer, Kāohi operates 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday until July 29 from the MEO Moloka’i office, 380 Kolapa Place, Kaunakakai. When the new school year begins, Kāohi will move after school, extended school holidays and some weekends.


Kāohi is offered free of charge. Young people are always accepted.


For more information, contact Mela Candelario, Kāohi Coordinator, at (808) 553-5472.


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