October is Children and Youth Month in Hawaii and it was celebrated with a large festival Sunday.
A huge crowd enjoyed games, sports, entertainment and activities on the grounds of the State Capitol, all for free. This year, the festival extended to the grounds of the Kalanimoku Building, Washington Place, the Hawaii State Art Museum, Iolani Palace, and the Supreme Court building.
The day started with a sunrise ceremony at the Royal Mausoleum, followed by a keiki fun run.
The state legislature and governor established Children and Youth Day back in 1994, set for the first Sunday in October. Three years later, an act was passed to dedicate all of October as Children and Youth Month in Hawaii, so you’ll be noticing many more child-centered events and programs in the coming weeks.