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Hui No‘eau launches #HuiKids

By Staff | Dec 24, 2020

All #HuiKids lessons are free to the public. Visit huinoeau.com/huikids for monthly calendars outlining new video releases, scheduled live art lessons and suggested supplies for each lesson.

MAKAWAO — Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center is proud to launch #HuiKids — a free online learning channel where kids can create art remotely alongside hui teaching artists.

Each year, the hui typically serves over 1,300 Maui students through its field trip program, in addition to 285 students each month in partnering public schools through the Na Keiki No’eau after school outreach program.

“Outreach programs all came to a halt in March, after which we immediately started brainstorming ways to continue reaching these students. We also knew that children have bonded with our teaching artists, so we wanted to find a way for them to still interact with their favorite art teachers, even though we couldn’t meet in person, and we realized that digital lessons would enable us to help many more children across the island,” said Hui No’eau Program Director Lana Coryell.

Available through the hui’s website and Vimeo channel, new lessons are released twice weekly combining short lessons in art fundamentals with lengthier lessons that expand on visual art basics.

The #HuiKids series also features live online art lessons, hui art gallery tours and grounds tours — replicating what students might experience through the field trip program.

Coryell added, “We created #HuiKids to provide a creative outlet that families could enjoy at home or that teachers could use in their lessons. Most of the videos are short and require only basic or inexpensive materials that you’d have at home or would be part of a standard school supply list. The visual arts are so supportive of our mental health, so we wanted to make the platform as accessible as possible. We hope these videos bring Maui children some small moments of joy and help create opportunities for positive emotional expression during this difficult time.”

#HuiKids is made possible with support from the Maui County Office of Economic Development. To make a donation to Hui No’eau or the #HuiKids program, contact Coryell at lanac@huinoeau.com or 572-6560, extension 22.