Children & Youth Day happens on the first Sunday of October, each year. This year is the 27th Annual Event which falls on Sunday, October 4, 2020 from 10:00am–3:00pm! CYD is a time to recognize the potential and special gifts of our keiki (children) and ‘ōpio (youth). It is a time for them to shine and share their bountiful energy with their community.

Our history

The story of children & Youth Day

In 1994, the Hawai‘i State Legislature and Governor established Children and Youth Day (CYD) in Hawai‘i as the first Sunday of every October to celebrate and honor our children and youth and the special contributions they make to our community. After much community discussion, Act 30 of 1997 was passed to dedicate the entire month of October as Children and Youth Month in Hawai‘i.

The lives we impact

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Suzanne Chun Oakland

Chair, Children & Youth Day


“Hawaii is the first State in the United States of America to establish in law an annual celebration that honors and celebrates our children and youth and the wonderful contributions they make to our world. Mahalo a nui loa to the thousands of people who donate their time and resources to make Hawaii's Children and Youth Day and Month so special for our keiki and ‘ōpio!!!”

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HERB LEE, JR.

Fiscal Manager, Children & Youth Day


“A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ia, No task is too great when all pull together. The Pacific American Foundation is proud to again be the Fiscal Sponsor of the Children and Youth Day event! This is our 7th year and the event continues to grow and grow in reaching more children and families. We hope you will join in to help make a difference in the lives of our youth!”

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RAY SANBORN

Event Administrator, Children & Youth Day


“This is an opportunity for many of Hawaii's organizations focusing on youth to showcase their services. From Pre-Natal to Teens, Children and Youth Day event has Zones targeted for each age bracket to help the 40,000+ attendees learn about educational and family oriented programs available to them. Kama‘aina Kids is proud to be a part of this extraordinary event and look forward to serving the keiki, families and communities we live in.”