Registration begins for city’s popular summer fun program

It’s considered one of the best deals on the island. For about $100, a child can take part in the city’s six-week summer fun program.

On Friday, dozens of people waited in line at the Manoa Valley District Park, even though the registration didn’t begin until Saturday morning.

“It’s a great deal. For the whole summer, the price of it is as much as you would pay for one week somewhere else,” said parent Jonifer Hayes.

Officials say all 400 spots were filled at Manoa before 10 a.m. Saturday.

We wanted to know if other locations still had openings. So we checked with the folks at McCully District Park to find out.

“For people who haven’t signed up, are there still spots available for them?” KHON2 asked.

“Yes, there is. There’s like 20, 30 spots left over,” said Corey Fukunaga, McCully District Park summer fun worker.

This is the third year the McCully District Park will be holding its summer fun program. Officials say the swimming pool is a major attraction for the kids.

“We provide a free lunch program for the kids. So the kids have free lunch every single day of summer fun except for the first two days, the very last week, and any day we go on excursions,” said Punahele Crowell, McCully District Park Recreation Director.

Some say it’s a win-win for both parents and keiki.

“We live close by in this community. So it’s a good way for her to meet friends and kind of get more connected with her community, and a chance to learn about things that would be more difficult to teach her at home,” said parent Brook Gonsowski.

“Why did you decide to enroll your children in summer fun today?” KHON2 asked.

“Because both of us, me and my husband, are both working. We need child care,” said parent Keiko Recto.

Walk-in registration information:

District I (Hawaii Kai to McCully) and District II (Makiki to Aiea)
May 12 & 13 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

District III (Pearl City to Waianae & Wahiawa) and District IV (Waialua to Waimanalo)
May 17 from 9 a.m. to noon.
May 19 & 20 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit this website: http://www.honolulu.gov/parks/programs

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