The benefits of recess: improved cognitive performance, creativity, and social development.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, in a policy statement published in the journal Pediatrics, recess is “an essential, planned respite from rigorous cognitive tasks. It affords a time to rest, play, imagine, think, move, and socialize. After recess…students are more attentive and better able to perform cognitively. In addition, recess helps young children to develop social skills that are otherwise not acquired in the more structured classroom environment.” Click for the full article: The Crucial Role of Recess in School.

Our Children, Our Community, Their Playgrounds

It takes every individual to come together to create and nurture a healthy, sustainable community. And a strong community with a long-term vision focuses on the children.

As part of our mission, the Kauai North Shore Community Foundation supported the efforts to build and renovate children’s playgrounds.
Prince Albert Park Playground
Kilauea School Playground

If you’re working on a North Shore playground project, let us know about it! Email the information to



Anaina Hou Children’s Playground Founders

Bill & Karen Clifford – $25,000

Prince Albert Park Playground

Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas – $2,000
Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation – $1,000
North Shore Lions Foundation – $1,000
Pure Kauai – $1,000
Bali Hai Villas – $500
Lindsey & Gregory Firestone – $500
Nancy Michaelis – $500
Wyndham – $500

Friends of Prince Albert Park Playground – Donations of $100 or more

Kelly Bellomo
Benjamin & Linda Bunn
Catherine Burns
Kera Crabtree
Daniel & Jenny Fawcett
Marie Frykberg
Friedrich & Elisabeth Gesell
William Gould
David & Diane Marshall
Gayle & Brent Naylor
Dr. Larry Oliver
Mary & Thomas Olkowski
Julie Witt Reis
Alanna Schroeder
John & Danielle Taylor
Terra Pacific Construction
Robb & Nancy Walker
Chris & Gail Wellington
Thomas Wilks
Teresa Young


April McGinnis, Chair
Robyn Apisa
Jennifer Luck
Michelle Thomas
Courtney Welborn