Over Spring Break 2017, the Paia Youth & Cultural Center got a new mural for their renovated skate park. Mahalo to 808Urban, PYCC staff, the kids, Angela Cochran for having a passion to bring murals to Maui, Aunty Mopsy for talking to the youth about the history of Paia, and all the volunteers who came out to paint. The StoneWave Skate Park is the only staffed skate park on the island of Maui. We had so much fun too! For more information, visit www.pyccmaui.org
By: Noelani Sugata
,BeachFest XX was such a great event to volunteer for. I did their social media in order to have an online presence in "real time". The staff was extremely busy! They made sure the event ran smoothly despite the wind and rain.
I often go back and see what is written about Paia and I randomly came across this thank-you letter from PYCC's Executive Director Susun White from The Maui News. I look forward to BeachFest. It's my second time doing social media at the event. I can't wait until next year. Mahalo PYCC for having an alcohol free, all ages event. Check out their YouTube video mahalo!
PYCC is currently fundraising to make improvements to their clubhouse. To make a donation online, go to their website www.pyccmaui.org
By: Noelani Sugata
Executive Director, Paia Town Association
Paia Youth & Cultural Center‘s BEACHFEST 20 took place on January 21-22 at the Paia Bay on the North Shore of Maui. BeachFest featured Maui’s young bodyboarders and surfers showcased their wave riding ability. It was a great event for the community enjoyed by residents and visitors, as it was a tobacco and alcohol free event. Music was provided by the awesome DJ Dave Mason. Mahalo to PYCC alumni Marlon Tumacde, community board-riders and PYCC staff.
The family-friendly bodyboard and surf competition included Paia's own world-champion waterman Kai Lenny, IBA world tour champion bodyboarding duo Jeff and Dave Hubbard, and a heartfelt mahalo to Kainoa McGee for commentating the event.
There was a new cash-prize division for PRO/AM bodyboarders, and a chance to see the pros in action. Kona Kaiulani won the PRO/AM event. Traditional divisions included Menehune, Juniors, Wahine, Kane, Drop Knee and Free Surfing. It was amazing to see lots of young girls in the Free Surfing group. Competitors received a plate lunch prepared by the youth of the PYCC Paia Bay Cafe program; collectors tee-shirt designed by the PYCC. If you didn't get a chance to pick up a t-shirt, sorry, they are sold out.
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Aloha my name is Noelani and I'm the Executive Director for the Paia Town Association. I have been lucky enough to have a temporary desk at the Paia Youth & Cultural Center (PYCC) since October 2015. It is summer time and PYCC has been extremely busy with kids coming as soon as the doors open. They are have created a survey for their strategic plan, and need as much feedback as possible. I have a decade of non-profit experience, and I understand the importance of having an updated strategic plan. It is a tool for keeping PYCC open for future generations. Please take five minutes out of your day to take the survey. If you don't know anything about the youth center, click here to see their website. Here is a collage with myself, PYCC staff, and youth at the community mural. The future of the center is extremely important to me. I hope you feel the same way.
Mahalo for your time. I appreciate it! -Noelani Sugata, Executive Director
On March 24, 2016 apprentice Polynesian navigator Kala Baybayan demonstrated the Hawaiian compass for the Paia Youth & Cultural Center students and community. If you are interested in Polynesian navigation on Maui, go to www.huiowaa.org. Check out our March activity YouTube Video for the association.
On January 16 and 17, The Paia Youth & Cultural Center held its annual winter Beachfest 2016. Beachfest is a boogie boarding competition for all ages. This two day event brings out the best in the community. Many Paia merchants show their support by donating food, time, and/or money. The judges are PYCC alumni. It is a fun two days for both competitors and onlookers. The Paia Town Association live streamed the event on Periscope, therefore, people around the WORLD saw the event in real time. Congratulations to all the winners. Here is some footage from the event.
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