The Long-Awaited Keiki Summer Activity List of 2021 is Here!

Yes, it is true! The coveted summer activity list for 2021 has made its way back to Big Island Pulse! We got the comprehensive list of programs for all ages and in most districts of the island. While the list is shorter due to the availability and restrictions of the pandemic, the compilation below highlights what is currently listed. Spots are limited and predicted to fill up quickly, so be sure to sign your keiki up ASAP.

Check out what programs are available for your keiki on the Island of Hawai’i! We will continue to update this list with keiki summer fun and other resources as we find them! Did we miss an activity? Email us at aloha@bigislandpulse.com so we can add it OR CONTACT US HERE.

Have a great summer, everyone!

Location: 141 Kalākaua Street Hilo, HI 96720
Ages: 7-14
Dates: Week 1: June 7–11 & Week 2: July 26–30
Times: 8:00 AM–12:00 Noon
Cost: (per week) $140-EHCC Members, $165 Non EHCC Members
Students are welcome to register for just one of the weeks or both of them. Each week will be a new experience with different lessons and projects.
Registration: To register visit our website, https://www.ehcc.org/yassummer21
For questions email YAS@ehcc.org or Call (808) 961-5711
Keiki will join our talented local artists for creative adventures. In this year’s summer session, the YAS team of skilled instructors will guide young artists through the process of learning a variety of mediums. Our student artists will create their own works of art while learning basic technical skills behind each medium. They will also learn the importance of teamwork and collaboration. Class topics include papermaking, printmaking, and mixed media sculpture.
Location: 77-6670 Mamalahoa Highway, Holualoa, HI 96725
Ages: Youth-Adult
Dates: Refer to class calendar on website: Donkey Mill Art Center | Classes List
Times: 10A-6P Wednesday-Saturday, current operating hours
Cost: Refer to Membership List Donkey Mill Art Center |
Registration: Donkey Mill Art Center | Life is art and art is life.
The Donkey Mill Art Center offers educational and stimulating classes and programs through versatile media of art. All Abilities Classes provide inclusion experiences for those with developmental disabilities and those who do not, once a week. The Youth Summer Art Experience features different themes for different age groups (ages 6-Teen). Check out the class calendar above for more information and availability.


Boys and Girls Club of Hawai’i

Location: Hilo, Puna, Ocean View, Kahakai & Kealakehe
Ages: 6-17 years old
Dates: June 7th – July 30th
Times: 730A – 430P
Cost: $10 Membership required.
Registration: Download and complete application at this link: Summer Programs 2021 — Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island (bgcbi.org) spots are limited, applications are being accepted on a first come, first served basis by May 21st. Submit at the office indicated for the clubhouse in your area, email: info@bgbci.org or fax to 808-961-5534. Any inquiries should call the administrative office at 808-961-5536.
BGCBI will be providing the following activities all summer long: Sports & Exercise, Health & Wellness Workshops, Leadership & Mentoring, Academic Activities, Hawaiian Culture Activities, Healthy Lunch & Afternoon Snacks, Positive Steps & Habits, Arts, Crafts and much more!


YMCA New Horizons Summer Youth Day Camp

Location: The Island of Hawai’i YMCA 300 W Lanikaula Street Hilo, HI 96720
Ages: 5 – 13 years old
Dates: June 1 – July 31
Times: 630A – 530P
Cost: Y Membership is required; drop-in or weekly rates.
Registration: Contact Ashley Hanohano, Youth Programs Director at 808-935-3721, email ashley.hanohano@islandofhawaiiymca.org or stop by the YMCA and pick up an application. Island of Hawaii YMCA – Gym & Fitness, Child Care, Community Services Click on the link for more information.
Y membership ($50) is required and non-refundable. Available space is limited. Breakfast/Lunch & Snacks are included. The target goals of the camp are to learn skills in cultural diversity, leadership, personal development and to develop healthy relationship and social skills. Financial assistance may be available, please inquire.


YMCA Sailing Program

Location: Kawaihae
Ages: 10 and Up



June 14, 15, 16, 17

June 21, 22, 23, 24

June 28, 29, 30, July 1

July 6, 7, 8, 9

All classes start at 9:00 am and end at 2:00 pm.  Must be a member of the YMCA to participate in Sailing Classes.

Cost: Y membership is required ($50, Non-refundable), Sailing Membership ($70) and Sailing Classes ($125)
Registration: Check out the website online at www.islandofhawaiiymca.org/sailing, call 808-935-3721 or stop by the Y.
Learn sailing, seamanship and water safety from our sailing club located in Kawaihae. It is our goal to build a program that serves the community and expands recreational opportunities in Kawaihae.

Hawai’i County Summer Fun Program

Locations: Multiple sites across the island
Ages: Completed K through Grade 6
Dates: June 7- July 16
Times: 8A-2P
Cost: $100 per child. Spaces are extremely limited with only 30 spots available.
Registration: Please look up the county recreational center in your area by clicking on this link for contact information, specific dates and times for registration: Summer Fun – List (hawaiicounty.gov).

The programs will consist of various activities including arts and crafts projects, indoor/outdoor games, sports, music, nature exploration, swimming, special events and excursions- just a reminder, they all vary depending on the site. Tentatively, a free lunch program is being planned with snacks being optional. In the event of the free lunch program being unavailable, participants must bring their own lunch daily.
Proposed County Summer Fun Sites:
Hamakua: Honoka’a Gym, Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School Gym, and Papaikou Gym
Hilo: Andrews Gym, Hilo Armory, Kawananakoa Gym, Panaewa Park, Pi’ihonua (Carvalho Park), Pu’ueo Community Center (Teen Scene), Waiakea Recreation Center, Waiakea Uka Gym, Wainaku Gym, and Ike Kai.
Ka’u: Ka’u District Gym and Na’alehu Community Center
Kohala: Hisaoka, Waikoloa Pu’unui, Waimea District Park, Kekuaokalani Gym, and Yano Hall
Puna: Kea’au Armory, Mt. View Gym, and Pahoa District Park


Project Hawai’i Summer Camps

Location: Kea’au
Ages: 3-18 years old
Dates: July 2021, Specific Dates TBD
Times: 7A-4P
Cost: Free or Discounted, TBD.
Registration: Contact Magin Patrick at 808-987-6019 for more details or check out the website: Project Hawai’i Summer Camp, Help Homeless Keiki.

Day camps provided for children between the ages of 3-18 years old, various activities geared towards island exploration that provides an opportunity for youth to learn more about their environment.


Science Camps of America: Land & Sea, Air & Space

Location: Pahala
Ages: 13-17 years old
Dates: Land & Sea: July 1-10, Air & Space: July 11-July 20
Times: 2 weeks/overnight
Cost: $2,395 registration fee, discount/financial aid available.
Registration: Contact the office at 808-235-6312, email info@sciencecampsamerica.com or check out the website: www.sciencecampsofamerica.com. Land & Sea Camp explores earth science as you’ve never experienced it before! Active volcanoes, beautiful reefs, recent lava flows and black and green sand beaches are your classroom. In the Air & Space Camp, you will gaze upon the stars from Mauna Kea, home of some of the largest observatories in the world. You will also learn about space science, space exploration, our atmosphere, climate and climate change!!

Kama’aina Kids Intercession and Summer Program

Location: Hilo, Kona & Waimea
Ages: Grades K-5
Dates: June 1-July 30
Times: 7A-530P
Cost: TBD
Registration: Contact the corporate office at 808-262-4538 or check out the website www.kamaainakids.com/intersessions-summer. Each day camp program offers themed activities at each Kama’aina Kids sites, plus outdoor and enrichment activities at parts and beaches, or at attractions.


St. Joseph’s Hilo Summer Program/Kama’aina Kids

Location: St. Joseph’s School 1000 Ululani St. Hilo, HI 96720
Ages: Completed grades K-6, only for students currently enrolled at St. Joseph’s.
Dates: June 1-July 23
Times: 7A-530P
Cost: Entire Session: Online ($1035 per child) Standard ($1115 per child)
Weekly Rates: Wks 1, 2, & 6 ($135 per week, online/$140 per week, standard)
Wks 3, 4, 5, 7, & 8 ($165 per week, online/$170 per week, standard)
Themed program for 2021 is “A Summer Full of Wonder”. Which is build around enriching and on-site activities focusing on the world around us. Each week will include a variety of experiences, which are planned by our staff and aimed at each child’s social emotional learning.
Registration: Deadline is May 20, registrations received after the deadline will incur a late fee of $25 per student. VISIT: https://www.kamaainakids.com/intersessions-summer/st-josephs-hilo-summer-program or contact the school office at 808-987-0497.


N2 Dance Performing Arts Classes: Summer Session

Location: New Studio! 29 Shipman Street Suite #202 Hilo, HI 96720
Ages: 3 and up
Dates: June 16-July 24, Wednesday-Saturday
Times: Times are determined by preferred class, see website
Cost: Cost is dependent on the amount of weekly participation, see website
Registration: Application and fees available at N2 Dance (n2-dance.com), email Angela Woods at info@n-2dance.com for inquiries.


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