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To maximize choices of life and work, Native Hawaiians will gain knowledge and excel in educational opportunities at all levels.

Strategic Results

Increase the percentage of Native Hawaiian students who meet or exceed educational standards and who graduate from post-secondary institutions.


4747 Kīlauea Avenue #210
Honolulu, HI 96816
(808) 734-1314

After-School Programs to Improve Proficiency in Reading and Math on Hawaiʻi Island and Oʻahu will provide extended learning and enrichment opportunities for 1,800 students (948 Native Hawaiian) over the next two years. Throughout the school year, free after-school programs will be offered three hours a day, five days a week to put children on the right path to graduate from high school and pursue a college degree. Activities include student-led service projects, sports, career exploration opportunities and targeted programming for 8th graders exhibiting signs they might drop out. Quarterly events bring the whole family together for fun projects and performances.

Photo: Waiʻanae Intermediate All-Stars taking part in team building exercises: Kawena, Sasa, Jamar, Andy and Koa.


100 Kamakahonu Street
Hilo, HI 96720
(808) 935-5536

The Mohala ʻIke project will strengthen academic success for Club members by skillfully instilling lifelong learning habits in the youth of five Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island communities (Hilo, Keaʻau, Pāhoa, Pāhala, Kealakehe). Culturally responsive, experiential academic support will be delivered by caring Club mentors to 316 Native Hawaiian students over the next two years. Educational initiatives and daily activities include an incentive-based homework support and academic tutoring program where participants dedicate an hour to academic enrichment, high-yield learning activities to enhance skills and knowledge learned at school, and literacy strengthening activities, such as spelling bees and guided reading.

Photo: Staff: Alana Paiva, Autumn Kealoha, Chela Shiroma. Keiki: Frank, Harlee, Amanda, Kaitlyn, Zeza, Brad, Ashanti, Melia, Matthew, Natalia at beach clean up to practice our kuleana to mālama ke kai.


2535 South King Street, Suite 304
Honolulu, HI 96826
(808) 955-6100

ʻImi ʻIke Learning Centers provide comprehensive instruction based on the Moenaha Hawaiian culture-based methodology, combined with educationally enriching activities designed to help 100 Native Hawaiian students in foster, kith and kinship care meet and exceed academic standards in reading and math and ensure they are making progress toward graduation. Offering a one-stop-shop for educational services to at-risk youth in foster care, the learning centers develop individualized Learning Plans based on needs assessments and input from students and their caregivers. The plans are tailored to each student’s learning style and guide instruction during 1:1 and small group tutoring.

Photo: ʻImi ʻIke Centers provide academic support to foster youth.