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Nā Pāka ma ka Hale (Parks at Home) Online Classes offer wide variety of in-home activities

O‘AHU – With Stay at Home orders extended and our in-person recreational classes remain suspended, the Honolulu Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) welcomes you to enjoy our debut program, “Nā Pāka ma ka Hale (Parks at Home),” a new series of online classes taught by our very own talented DPR staff.

“Nā Pāka ma ka Hale” will feature videos of DPR’s dedicated recreation staff giving step-by-step information on a wide variety of topics. From in-home exercises to making lei lipine, music lessons to plant propagation, and more. Topics reflect our recreational programming, offering fun, educational, and engaging experiences that can be enjoyed by all ages, from keiki to kūpuna, and from the comfort of your home using common household items.

The classes can be viewed anytime on DPR’s
Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube feeds.

“We are always looking at new ways to serve our community,” said DPR Director Michele Nekota. “Industries around the world are having to adapt the way they provide their services in this era of social distancing, and we very much want to continue to engage and enrich our community even though we cannot physically interact with them. I am so pleased to see how our staff have embraced this opportunity to share their recreational expertise and keep adding quality to life.”

Our first video takes place at Asing Community Park in ‘Ewa Beach with Recreation Director Ms. Candy. She provides tips on how to stay fit with in-home exercises and stretches using everyday household items (like canned goods and an umbrella).

Just in time for Lei Day and our
Na Lei Koa theme, we will be posting a class on how to make lei from household materials for those who may not have access to gardens or flowers.  In addition, the Mayor’s Office of Culture and the Arts (MOCA) has several “Lei Making at Home” online learning experiences providing step-by-step tips on how to make a variety of lei using natural materials. Check them out on MOCA’s Facebook and Instagram.

Stay tuned for more from “Nā Pāka ma ka Hale!”

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