Category Archives: Events for Families

How to Read to Young Children – Invitation to Pot Luck Dinner Program – Tues. Feb. 8, 2011

UH Haw-CC Children Center

Bernie Pavao from the University of Hawaii – Hawaii Community College – Children’s Center will be sharing with parents how to read to young children.  She will demonstrate how to make reading exciting allowing  books to come alive and be interesting to children.  Bernie will be reading a story to children who attend.  Parents with children under five (5) years of age can greatly benefit by this class and are encouraged to attend.

Studies by Florida State University and published in the American Phycological Association have shown how early reading has given children a head start in learning and education making a difference in later years and life.

February’s  Topic:              Reading to Children – Making Books Come Alive

Moderator(s):                       Bernie Pavao and Carl Okuyama

Date:                                         Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Time:                                        5:30 pm to 8:300 pm

Cost:                                         Pot Luck Dinner,  No Fees

Sitter:                                      Amy Okuyama (librarian) will help the children. If you would like to help sit, your assistance would be much appreciated.

Place:                                       Carl and Amy’s Place, 1346 Kilikina Street, Hilo, located above Hilo Medical Center (take second left street passed Hilo Medical center – Lahi Street; then take first right – Kilikina Street; then  to 1346 Kilikina; left side); two-story grey colored house.

RSVP:  startsathome@hotmail.com, (808) 937-4392, or just come, all welcomed.

Starts at Home Map - 1346 Kilikina Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Starts at Home Map – 1346 Kilikina Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
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Join your Community’s Christmas and Holiday Parade

One way to enjoy the holidays with the children and create a memorable history with your family is attending or particating in your community’s Christmas and Holiday Parade. Each year thousands of towns and cities celebrate this joyous season. Have fun and get involved in your area’s Christmas Parade, an excellent family affair.

In Keaau, Hawaii to get involved or get more information on the 7th Annual Lighted Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 11, 2010, 5:30 pm, call Arlene Macanas at (808) 896-1236.



Pot Luck Parenting Dinner – The Family Team – Loving, Fun, and Disciplined – with Tani-Katada Freitas

Tani Katada Freitas with her Family - Ten (10) Children - Awesome Team

Tani Katada-Freitas has ten (10) children, five (5)  biological children, three (3) “hanai” raising other family children, and two (2) adopted.  Her oldest biological child is now in pharmacy school.  Tani was a teenage mom.  Tani will share how she’s doing it. 

You’re invited to a monthly pot luck dinner.  The purpose of these dinners are to encourage parents to interact and pick up positive parenting ideas to help love and nurture children.  The group has moderators to take questions and get practical answers.  Children are not born with instruction so the group provides the support and place to ask questions. Pot luck dinners are held every second Tuesday of the month, same place, same time. 

By making time to attend this worthwhile event, you’ll save time avoiding and overcoming future problems.  Highly recommended for parents with children under seven years of age, children and anyone interested in parenting are welcomed to attend. 

October’s  Topic:                 The Family Team – Loving, Fun, and disciplined 

Moderators:                          Tani Katada-Freitas and Carl Okuyama 

Date:                                         Tuesday, October 12, 2010 

Time:                                        5:30 pm to 8:300 pm 

Cost:                                         Pot Luck Dinner,  No Fees

 Sitter:                                      Amy will help the children. If would like to help sit, your assistance would be much appreciated.

Place:                                       Carl and Amy’s Place, 1346 Kilikina Street, Hilo, located above Hilo Medical Center (take second left street passed Hilo Medical center – Lahi Street; then take first right – Kilikina Street; then  to 1346 Kilikina; left side); two-story grey colored house. 

RSVP:  startsathome@hotmail.com, (808) 937-4392, or just come, all welcomed. 

Starts at Home Map - 1346 Kilikina Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Starts at Home Map - 1346 Kilikina Street, Hilo, Hawaii 96720

Teach Green with U.S. National Parks – Free Kids WebRanger Program

U.S. National Parks Service

The U.S. National Parks service has come up with an excellent learning tool for parents and children called WebRangers. It’s a great way to teach children to read, think green, and learn about nature; other categories include history, animals, parks, puzzles, science, and people. It was  fun doing the games and learning at the same time.

Get your Free Web Ranger Membership Card
Free Web Ranger Membership Card

Children get a free membership card, WebRanger Station office, and rewards points as they learn and have fun.

Starts at Home is pleased to be a member of Webranger.

Set up your child's free WebRanger Station