33rd Annual Ho‘omau for 2020 Canceled

May 26, 2020, 1:48 PM HST · Updated May 26, 4:08 PM
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“It is with a heavy heart that we have decided to cancel Hoʻomau 2020,” organizers announced today.

“With so many uncertainties and many people in our lāhui struggling through this difficult time, we have decided to cancel this event. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. We thank you for your understanding and patience as we go through this process to do the best we can for our families, friends and community,” said event organizers.

The event was originally scheduled for Saturday, March 28, and was tentatively postponed to June pending community impacts of the ongoing COVID-19; however with ongoing concerns, organizers decided to cancel the event.

Hoʻomau is presented by Nā Leo Pūlama o Maui, the parent support group of Pūnana Leo o Maui Hawaiian Language Immersion Preschool.

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Pūnana Leo o Maui is a culture-based learning environment that aims to provide preschoolers with a quality early childhood education entirely through the Hawaiian language.

The school first opened its doors in 1987 and began educating a mere dozen students. Thirty years later, the Hawaiian immersion preschool now has an annual enrollment of 30 students. The preschool has graduated over 650 students over the years, many of whom have continued on to Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Maui, the Hawaiian immersion program within the Department of Education system.

The funds raised at Ho‘omau traditionally support Pūnana Leo o Maui student scholarships, quarterly lā ‘ohana, or family gatherings, provide additional educational classroom materials, as well as teacher professional development needs.

Details surrounding the ticket refund process will be announced soon.

More information about Pūnana Leo preschools is available online.

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