Kamp Kāohi on Moloka‘i trains youth leaders, offers fun activities

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April 13, 2023

Sixteen middle and high school youth on Moloka‘i learned about the negative effects of alcohol and “bad-vertising” of vaping and tobacco products, jumped down a waterslide, huddled to hear ghost stories and developed their leadership skills at Maui Economic Opportunity’s Kamp Kāohi during the Good Friday/Easter weekend.

The overnight gathering on April 7 and 8 at Moloka‘i Baptist Church was run by MEO Youth Services staff on Moloka‘i and Maui and was the first camp for MEO’s year-old Kāohi youth program on Moloka‘i.

Activities at the camp focused on tobacco/vaping, bullying, underage drinking and teen suicide prevention with informational, teambuilding and fun activities. For example, youth wearing goggles simulating drunken vision participated in a relay race. There also was a waterslide, campfire and ghost-story telling.

The goal of the camp was to build youth leaders in their school and community for the prevention of harmful behaviors. The camp also was an opportunity to recruit youth for the Kāohi after-school and spring- and summer-break programs.

For more information about MEO Kāohi programs on Moloka‘i, call (808) 553-5472.

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MEO Youth Services Staff Stephan McKenzie and Mela Candelario explain a game to youth participating in Kamp Kāohi over the Good Friday/Easter weekend.

Saige Dudoit (from left), Layla Labrado, Nazaria Kahinu, Hina Wells, Ava Makaiwi and Yesmine Kiroloss get ready for bed at Kamp Kāohi.

Nikolai Kaai, wearing Fatal Vision Goggles that simulate drunkenness, slips during a game at Kamp Kāohi.

Pride Kaneakalau and Kailana Kiroloss play Jan Ken Po.

Dylan Kiroloss flies off the waterslide.

A total of 16 youth participated in MEO Youth Servicesʻ Kamp Kāohi over Good Friday/Easter weekend at Moloka‘i Baptist Church.

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