Theme of the Week – Hawaiian Hullabaloo

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Hawaiian Hullabaloo

Here are five suggestions. Leave yours in the comments area below.

  1. Leis, Grass skirts and Hawaiian shirts are required.
  2. Download Limbo Rock and get a stick, because kids love to limbo.
  3. Use butcher paper and create surfboard shapes. Each cabin group will decorate their surfboard. Hang them in the dining hall and have a contest. Awards for the best looking, most artistic, craziest, etc. should be given out. Afterward, groups should hang them in their own cabins.
  4. Seashell necklaces and bracelets are make great crafts.
  5. Give the campers a Hawaiian word-of-the-day.


  • 1. Hold a luau – Sweet and Sour meatballs and rice, fruit kabobs, coconut pudding, Lots of fresh fruit – pineapple, papaya, mangoes, passion fruit, Hawaiian Punch. Make sure you have Hawaiin music playing.
    2. Paper mache a volcano and once dry use baking soda and vinegar to watch it erupt!
    3. Play beach volleyball, suntan, fly kites, toss water balloons – you are in the land of sun, enjoy the outdoors!

  • On our Hawaiian Day, we hand out a page to each bunk that teaches them how to translate their first names into Hawaiian. We also give them markers and name stickers pre-printed with “Aloha! My name is” for them to fill out. Throughout the day, everyone addresses everyone else by their Hawaiian names only.

    The how-to is available on numerous web sites when you Google something along the lines of “translate your name into Hawaiian.”

    Here’s one example:

  • These are such great ideas to explore for our day camp! So excited to see what my staff comes up with so that we can hopefully share with you all.

  • Make a volcano cake with a chocolate Bundt cake. Fill the middle with chocolate ice cream and mold the ice cream over the top to look like a volcano. Then cover with finely crushed Oreos (ashes). Drizzle with strawberry flavored syrup for the fire. The kids love it! Just make sure they have somewhere to burn off all of the sugar!

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