If you're thinking about moving your family to Maui, you're probably concerned with the kinds of educational opportunities that your kids will have access to. There seem to be endless extracurricular activities and programs here, along with numerous community efforts to enrich our children's education and prepare them for their role as the future leaders of Maui.
Queen Kaahumanu Center is the largest shopping mall outside of Oahu, and they will be accepting submissions for their annual Kids Inc. Business Showcase from June 11th to the 25th. Those selected will have the opportunity to set up their own little shops in the mall's center court on July 19th, where they can sell their products and services, and keep all their earnings.
Kids within the broad age range of 6-15 years old are welcome to submit their small-business concepts during the submission period via the Queen Kaahumanu Center Facebook page, where there will be a popular vote to decide which will be the winners. The top ten concepts will be announced on the 4th of July, and the winners can start getting ready for their contribution to the Business Showcase on July 19th from 10am-2pm.
This is a perfect example of community efforts to empower tomorrow's leaders. The success that children experience in their early years can inspire them for a lifetime. There's a bit of healthy competition to come up with the best idea in hopes of being chosen, and all the winners get the benefit of the enriching experience of running their own business with minimal parental involvement. The event fosters creativity, independence, and the importance of taking a chance in order to succeed. As they say, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
If you're lucky enough to call Maui home, think about stopping by during the showcase to show your support for the kids with the best ideas, or you might want to encourage your own kids to enter. If you'll be visiting the island during that time, it'll be a great opportunity to experience the emphasis that the Maui community places on the happiness and success of its children.
RealEstateMauiHawaii.com - By Mark Harbison
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