Keiki Are All Business At Mall

Registration for the 2014 Kids Inc.! entrepreneurship competition has begun, and Windward Mall will once again host the event next month.

Children ages 6-15 years old are invited to submit their business plans to the mall’s Facebook site June 9-30, followed by online voting July 1-11 for the best proposals. The 12 biggest vote-getters will be announced July 12, and they will participate in the Kids Inc.! Business Showcase from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 at the mall.

(Children age 12 and younger need to have their parents submit their entries to

“This is the third year that Windward Mall is hosting Kids Inc.!, and we can’t wait to see the great ideas children have,” said Alex Kirley, the mall’s senior marketing manager. “It allows kids to be creative, challenge themselves and gain a better understanding of what they can expect in the business world.”

The lucky dozen will set up their business booths July 26, offering a service, an original product or resale of a product from a wholesaler. Minimal parent involvement is expected. The keiki entrepreneurs get to keep all proceeds from their earnings that day.

Sponsors are Kids Inc.!, Honolulu Star-Advertiser and Go Kailua magazine. For details on the event, visit the above Facebook page or call 235-1143.