Stacy Garcia Jr. Attends 2015 PALS Ho’ike Festival

Group photo with PAL staff and student. from Left to Right: Hope Iokia, Lance Villianueva, Jonathan Sypert (PAL Advisor), Skylark Lopes, Kauhi Tomas, Leonae Kahele, Kay Fukuda (PAL Coordinator) ,and Stacy Garcia Jr.

Group photo with PALS staff and students. From Left to Right: Hope Iokia, Lance Villianueva, Jonathan Sypert (PALS Advisor), Skylark Lopes, Kauhi Tomas, Leonae Kahele, Kay Fukuda (PALS Coordinator) ,and Stacy Garcia Jr. [Click image to enlarge]

The event was full of surprises, students and staff were led in a Flashmob by Waianae High School student Kauhi Tomas.

The event was full of surprises — students and staff were led in a “Flashmob” by Waianae High School student Kauhi Tomas. [Click image to enlarge]

The flashmob was so contagious, other event attendees joined in.

The flashmob was so contagious, that other event attendees joined in!  [Click image to enlarge]

On April 23, 2015, Stacy Garcia Jr. represented Senator Shimabukuro’s office by accepting an invitation to attend the annual Program for After-School Literacy Support (PALS) Ho’ike festival at Waianae High School. The event showcased booths from various PALS programs throughout schools on the Waianae Coast (Ka Waihona o ka Na`auao, Nanakuli High and Intermediate, Wai’anae Elementary, Makaha Elementary, Waianae High, Ma’ili Elementary, Nanaikapono Elementary, and Kamaile Academy).

The PALS programs range from arts, health, science, technology, sustainability, philosophy, social and cultural based clubs.  Spaghetti, garlic bread, and green salad was served for dinner by the Nanakuli High and Intermediate Culinary Club. The student participants prepared, cooked, and served the food in accordance with the health code and food standards.

The festival had a large turnout, and attracted many students, faculty, staff, families and community members. “I wish these clubs were were around when I was going through elementary and high school.  I was in awe of an 8-year-old who told me about PALS’ robotics program, and said that he wants to work for NASA,” said Stacy Garcia Jr.

Senator Shimabukuro’s office sends special thanks to Ms. Kay Fukuda for coordinating the event and sharing important updates about the program.

For more information on PALS, please visit: http://www.palshawaii.org/

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