Imua’s dream for the Discovery Garden is to inspire children while they learn and grow and to equip parents and teachers with a safe naturalistic environment where learners of all abilities can develop at their own pace. Our “Nature Play Spaces” encompass Imua Inclusion Preschool and outdoor classroom, an open-air children’s amphitheater, family picnic spaces, and gardens where kids can connect, play, and learn outdoors. Mud tables, interactive walls, activity panels, and sensory gardens will be designed so children with disabilities can play alongside their able-bodied friends and siblings. These unique grounds will promote acceptance and compassion – both important values for children to embrace.View the Concept
Outdoor classroom time in nature provides meaningful, hands-on learning,meaningful, hands-on learning, and the skills children develop will help them be more successful in school and in navigating their world.
Located in the Wailuku Historic District, the former Yokouchi Estate was designed by Charles William Dickey, a prominent 20th century architect. “It is fitting that the legacy of this property would now become a place of discovery, to serve and touch the lives of children and families here for decades to come.” said Dean Wong, Imua Family Executive Director.
Access to the neighboring Maui Historical Society directly from Imua Discovery Garden will allow guests of either organization to benefit from a wide range of cultural and learning experiences. In addition to partnership with the Maui Historical Society, Imua Family Services will look to partner with groups and organizations on such priorities as sustainable planting, farm-to-child learning, environmental stewardship, non-violent communication, arts and culture, as well as health and well-being.
Aloha, I am Leslie Ann, and I am so excited for Better Homes and Gardens to be part of the building blocks of the new Imua Discovery Garden at the former Yokouchi Estate. I have been in real estate for over 35 years, and I come from a family of realtors. My father, a well-known realtor on Maui, got his start back in the 1960's. He taught me the importance of building a better community and giving back to the community. Building Imua Discovery Garden will help grow healthier, stronger and better-connected children, families and community. These are values we hold close at Better Homes and Gardens. We hope you will join us in helping Maui's keiki and support the growth and development of Imua Family Services and Imua Discovery Garden.Visit Website
Imua Family Services’ mission is to "empower children and their families to reach their full potential." Our programs and staff assist children and their families overcome developmental learning challenges in their most critical formative years using play-based instruction designed to help them move forward.Visit Website