In 1994, the Hawai‘i State Legislature and Governor established Children and Youth Day (CYD) in Hawai‘i as the first Sunday of every October to celebrate and honor our children and youth and the special contributions they make to our community. After much community discussion, Act 30 of 1997 was passed to dedicate the entire month of October as Children and Youth Month in Hawai‘i.
Children & Youth Day happens on the first Sunday of October, each year. This year is the 24th Annual Event which falls on Sunday, October 1, 2017 from 10:00am-3:00pm! CYD is a time to recognize the potential and special gifts of our keiki (children) and ‘opio (youth). It is a time for them to shine and share their bountiful energy with their community.
Written by Ricky Hana & Alan Satchwell
Performed by A Touch of Gold featuring Teal Nanea Hoopii
Recorded by Pierre Grill in Rendez Vous studio
Executive Producer Sunny-Aloha Miller
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"Hawaii is the first State in the United States of America to establish in law an annual celebration that honors and celebrates our children and youth and the wonderful contributions they make to our world. Mahalo a nui loa to the thousands of people who donate their time and resources to make Hawaii's Children and Youth Day and Month so special for our keiki and 'opio!!! Suzanne Chun Oakland, Chair, Children & Youth Day
‘A’ohe hana nui ke alu ia, No task is too great when all pull together.
The Pacific American Foundation is proud to again be the Fiscal Sponsor of the Children and Youth Day event! This is our 7th year and the event continues to grow and grow in reaching more children and families. We hope you will join in to help make a difference in the lives of our youth! Herb Lee, Jr. Fiscal Manager, Children & Youth Day
This is an opportunity for many of Hawaii's organizations focusing on youth to showcase their services. From Pre-Natal to Teens, Children and Youth Day event has Zones targeted for each age bracket to help the 40,000+ attendees learn about educational and family oriented programs available to them. Kama‘aina Kids is proud to be a part of this extraordinary event and look forward to serving the keiki, families and communities we live in.
Ray Sanborn, Event Administrator, Children & Youth Day
Hawaii is the land of Aloha
The sun, the sea, the rainbows in the sky
And everyplace you see, is peace and harmony Our children are the apple of our eye
We Honor Our Children, We Honor Our Children We celebrate their future here today We honor our children, because we believe
Our children show the way
Peace and Harmony, Peace and Harmony Our children hold the key!
We honor them and pledge to protect them
In our cities and our schools and at home
We’ll always lend a hand, and even take a stand And give them what they need to be strong
We Honor our Children, We Honor Our Children We celebrate our future here today We honor our children, because we believe
As children grow, they come to know
A safer, better way
Being a Public Relations volunteer for Hawaii CYD, I was a very strong supporter for this event for many years. I love music and thought a song was a great way to share our event around the world.
I first contacted Ricky Hana, who is a song writer and musician I met years ago when he won a Hawaii Music Award. He lived in California but used to live on Maui as a tour guide. I asked if he could write a love song for our children. I came up with the title for the song and he wrote the words and music for it, which took about a year of us going back and forth.
Then I asked A Touch of Gold if they could sing the song. I also asked a friend’s daughter, Teal, if she could be a part of it, too. I knew she was amazing singer as well, plus she was still in school at the time. I knew it would be so great having a youth a part of this project.
The next person I approached was Pierre Grill, who has a wonderful recording studio and is a very talented musician himself, to record the song for us.
These people volunteered their time and effort to create this song. I told them from the beginning that any profit will go back to Hawaii CYD. None of them hesitated at all! The tricky part is Taylor, Teal, Pierre and I were in Hawaii, Ricky was in California and Bill was overseas for the military. It took about another year in working out the music and perfecting the song. Finally, when Bill flew back to Hawaii, we went into the recording studio. It was simply wonderful!
At a Hawaii CYD meeting, I played the song for everyone, letting them know that I wanted to share the song about our event with the world. Susie fell in love with the song and suggested that it be our theme song for the event. I'll never forgot that moment in the room. Everyone agreed.
So that is how the song came to be the theme song for Hawaii Children and Youth Day!
Right after the song was completed, I received a call from United Nations - Hawaii Division. I was told that In a few days there were going to be 60-80 worldwide visitors flying in to Hawaii on their way to the "World Run for Peace." They asked if I could meet with them to see how I could help them set up media interviews. So I met with the organizers then finally all of them while I helped them with their media interviews and events. On the last night, I was invited to a Private event with them. They even dressed me in their special clothing! At the end of the event they allowed me to play the song - which they fell in love with! I shared with them about our event, and they were so touched and excited! They had ideas of how they wanted to start something in their own country/city!
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