Together with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, the Maui Coalition for Drug-Free Youth held its first ever Virtual Teen Talent Contest and Concert for this year’s Teen Expo event. Teen Expo is an annual gathering of Maui teens to enjoy good, clean fun such as local musical acts while learning about how to live a healthy drug-free lifestyle. This year, the event was held online on June 13.
Headlining the event was Maui’s own musical superstar, Anuhea. We were proud to work with Anuhea because she faced bullying while growing up and going to school on Maui, and has been using her platform to talk to youth about why being a bully is never the right path. Anuhea was joined by spectacularly talented musicians Josh Tatofi and Jason Arcilla. These men brought heart, inspiration, and incredible messages to our community. As a special treat, all of these artists attended the event live and took questions from our teen attendees.
The big draw for this event was the Virtual Talent Contest, where Maui teens showcased their musical, artistic, athletic, and other talents. Teens had the opportunity to submit two-minute talent videos to our youth and adult judges for a chance to win prizes ranging from an Anuhea gift pack and ukulele to gift cards to local restaurants, surf shops, art supply stores, boutiques, and more. Our panel chose many winners to celebrate the wide array of teen talent, including first and second place in each category, best overall video, and teen’s choice award. The event will also feature ‘commercials’ from local youth-serving organizations, such as Maui Economic Opportunity and other community partners who support drug and alcohol-free lives for Maui youth.
As a teen-oriented event, the Maui Nui Youth Council and Boys & Girls Club youth were critical in pulling off this year’s Teen Expo. A special mahalo to Aubrey Ahana and Ethan Baysa, our teen leaders, for their dedication to making this event happen! Thanks also to Tyler Fischer, Arissa Kahaiali‘i, Sean Hinfey, and Madison Miller for their valuable insight. We could not have done it without you! Finally, big mahalo to Steve, Stacey, TJ, and everyone at Boys & Girls Club, as well as Shay at Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc. for her partnership and dedication to Maui County youth. We are inspired by our musical guests, as well as the dedicated teens and adults who made it happen. For more information please contact Andrea Snow at firstname.lastname@example.org.