Hundreds of people visited information booths, took in the entertainment and learned about acceptance of persons with disabilities at the third Maui Economic Opportunity Abilities Awareness Fair on April 30 at the Queen Ka‘ahumanu Center.
Put on by MEO’s Maui Independent Living Center, the goal of the fair was to bring better understanding and acceptance of persons with disabilities. The center helps those with disabilities maintain their independence by connecting them to services.
Nearly 30 public, private and nonprofit organizations staffed tables at the fair. They included Mental Health America Hawaii, ARC of Maui, Ka Lima O Maui, Maui County Office on Aging, Maui Health System, Horizons Academy, Easter Seals of Hawaii-Maui, United Health Care and others.
Comprehensive Service Center of Oahu and project coordinator Rosalind Kia were honored for their advocacy of people with disabilities in Hawaii.
Ed Kanoi of KPOA served as emcee with entertainment provided by 30-member Zenshin Daiko, Get-up and Dance country line dancers and DJ Jose Castro of JamN J Productions.
For more information about the Maui Independent Living Center, call (808) 243-4362.