It’s been about forever now that the Giggle Hill Playground has been closed in Haiku, and it’s time for us to get our butts into gear and reopen it! The Kalakupua Playground needs YOU!
Our Playground was built with an amazing volunteer effort back in 2004. Children, parents, teachers and community members got involved and collectively designed and built the playground. However, overtime the original team moved on, their children grew up, and funding was lost. Ultimately the playground fell into disrepair and had to be closed for safety.
Its loss reminded us that the playground is more than a structure, it’s where friendships are forged, parents connect, birthdays are celebrated and community is created. It was even voted Maui’s Best Playground by Maui Times readers, when it was closed!! So now it is time to get it re-open and together we can do it! With some structural repairs, beautification and a new rubberized surface we’ll be ready to play this summer. We already have $150K in seed money from the County secured, old footing removed, and cleaning and repairs for the structure have been underway. Now with the sky clearing and summer fast approaching, it’s time to focus our tremendous community on getting this amazing Ha’iku legacy re-opened!
Tasks will include, gentle demolition of certain areas, finishing the pressure washing, and beginning to rebuild and seal the structure. More helping hands means a quicker reopening so come on out and play! Bring closed-toed shoes, water bottle, sunscreen, hat and any tools you have such as pressure washers, electric screwdrivers, ratchets, crow bars, shovels and rakes etc. For a more efficient and coordinated effort let the Ha’iku Community Association’s Playground Committee know you’re coming, what you’re bringing, and if you’ll play with the kids. Visit www.haikumaui.org, on Facebook “Save Kalakupua Playground” or call 435-4020 for more information. The Playground Committee also has some vacancies too and would love a few more helping hands! So let them know if you want to come on board and let’s get our playground back!
Image Credit: Haiku Community Association