Aloha Friday FYI: Events for Kids in February 2023
Save the date for Wet ‘n‘ Wild’s Dive ‘n‘ Movie, Matsumoto Shave Ice’s 72nd anniversary and the 36th Annual Hawaiʻi Pacific Health Keiki Great Aloha Run.
A side from our guide to the perfect weekend on O‘ahu, here’s the scoop on some upcoming noteworthy kid-friendly events and happenings this February on O’ahu. Save the dates!
The 36th Annual Hawaiʻi Pacific Health Keiki Great Aloha Run
Saturday, Feb. 18, 7:30 a.m.
Deadline to register: Jan. 27, 2023
Keiki can participate in a 1.5-mile run between the Magic Island concession stand and the Ewa side of McCoy Pavilion. The dedicated run for kids is part of the Hawai‘i Pacific Health Great Aloha Run—Hawai‘i’s largest participatory race—which has raised more than $16 million for more than 150 non-profit health and human service organizations and community groups throughout the Islands. This family-friendly race fosters healthy living and gives back to the community. The whole ‘ohana will enjoy activities and can participate in obstacle courses in the park after the race.
Kaulana Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai‘i
Saturday, Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Join Ka Makana Ali‘i, No‘eau Designers and Kamehameha Schools for Kaulana Mahina ‘Ōlelo Hawai’i. The inaugural event includes keiki speech competition, entertainment, Hawaiian games like konane and Hawaiian crafts at Center Court.
Hawai‘i State FCU Free Webinar, Your Money 101: Teaching Kids About Money
Thursday, Feb. 16, 10 a.m.
Whether it’s because they are asking for toys, want to host their own a lemonade stand or they are thinking about college, it’s never to early (or too late) to teach your children about money! Parents, caregivers and educators can attend this free webinar to learn practical tips—how to set your child up for a financially healthy future, ways to incorporate money lessons into daily life and more—from Hawai‘i State FCU’s Financial Educator Sandra “Bunny” Tanaka.
Wet ’n’ Wild Hawai‘i’s Dive ’n’ Movie
Saturday, Feb. 18, noon and 5 p.m.
Watch Super Pets on a 20-foot high-definition LED TV wall screen as you splash around or float around in the Hawaiian Waters Wave Pool. It’s the second out of 31 movies that will be featured during the 2023 season of Wet ’n’ Wild Hawai‘i’s beloved Dive ’n’ Movie program. Plus, the water park has extended hours of 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., so the movie won’t take away from slide time.
Free ‘Ukulele Lesson with the ‘Ukulele Club of Hawai‘i
Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6 to 8 p.m.
Keiki can try their hand at playing the ‘ukulele, and enjoy performances, play alongs and prize giveaways. This free event takes place every Tuesday at Windward Mall’s Center Court. The `Ukulele Club of Hawai`i has been around since 2006, created with the intention of perpetuating this popular Hawai‘ instrument in the founders’ hometown of Kāne‘ohe.
Kōkua Hawai‘i Foundation’s Plastic Free Hawai‘i School Mural Contest
Entries due by Friday, Feb. 24
Calling all creative keiki! Students, groups, clubs, classes or entire schools in grades K through 12 are encouraged to create a mural using otherwise wasted materials to call attention to plastic pollution and inspire change. You’re encouraged to give a second life to debris found on the beach, plastic bottle caps or other plastics collected from cleanups or recycling bins (and tell the story of where you found these materials in your submission!). This years’ theme is “From Waste to Resource.”
Matsumoto Shave Ice at Haleʻiwa Store Lots Turns 72!
Saturday, Feb. 18, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
To celebrate Matsumoto Shave Ice’s 72nd anniversary, the wildly popular North Shore treat shop is inviting the community to enjoy special promotions for one day only. Enjoy $1 shave ices, scratch-off cards (10 lucky winners will receive a $50 Matsumoto Shave Ice gift card), $10 limited-edition t-shirts commemorating the occasion, and more!
Whale Watching Weekends at Sea Life Park
Every Saturday and Sunday in Feb., 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Sea Life Park’s annual pass holders have a new perk! This month, you can enter the park early to watch the whales from an optimal viewing point on the Waimānalo Coast. Binoculars will be provided, but guests are encouraged to bring a camera to capture the majestic creatures. The park’s education team will also be there to answer any questions you may have. Space is limited, so pass holders must call (808) 259-2500 to reserve your spot.