SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii (March 28, 2014) -- The uplifting beat of Pharrel's smash "Happy" could be heard throughout Kaena Community Center, here, March 19, as Island Palm Communities presented its much-anticipated Live and Learn 101 Festival.
The hit song from the Grammy award-winning artist perfectly set the mood for this annual showcase of interesting and timely topics, ranging from fitness and nutrition to Hawaiian culture, early education and environmental stewardship.
Dozens of exhibitors from U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii and the surrounding community were on hand to teach moms, dads and kids of all ages something new -- be it how to fill their plates with healthy fruits and vegetables or what they should do in case a hurricane or tsunami hit the island.
A Bike Rodeo hosted by the Directorate of Emergency Service's Bike Patrol tested participants' cycling skills, and, for the first time ever, DES held a "Diploma Dash" team obstacle course filled with physical and mental challenges.
"It was great to see so many families together at this event," said Sheryl Ferido, community services manager, IPC, noting that approximately 250 families came out in support of the event.
Indeed, even as festivities were drawing to a close, attendees still could be found eagerly waiting in line for a balloon animal or flocking to the center stage to take part in a Zumba dance-off.
"There was so much for everyone to enjoy: story time and face painting for the little ones, the Bike
Rodeo and Diploma Dash obstacle course for the older ones, and fitness for moms and dads," Ferido said. "Overall, the event brought families together, and that's what is important."