Chasity Cabral, a first-time mom, first learned about the Hiʻilei program while attending Kaulele’s Kapa Exhibit at Ka Makana Aliʻi. She stumbled upon a brochure that outlined the program’s offerings, and it piqued her interest. As a new mother, Chasity ardently sought guidance on her child’s learning and development. She longed for a supportive community where she could freely ask questions, gain insight into her child’s development, and find support for her growing ʻohana.
As a Mākaha Elementary sixth grader, Kealapono Samson participated in the Eō afterschool program at Waiʻanae Elementary School. Eō offers a free culture and place-based afterschool program where students learn and develop culturally grounded leadership skills. In the self-exploration unit, he researched his moʻokūʻauhau (genealogy) and learned how to share his hoʻolauna (introduction) in ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi.
Kamahaʻo Kaai, a dedicated Kumu at Pūnana Leo o Waiʻanae and mother of two young children, embarked on her journey with Hoʻāla in June 2021. Her introduction to the program came through the glowing recommendation of another parent whom Hoʻāla had previously assisted. At the time, Kamahaʻo had two pressing concerns: the search for suitable childcare placement for her youngest, who was just ten months old, and the need for financial aid options.
The Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture, a nonprofit with the mission of improving the quality of life for Native Hawaiians, opened its Center for Entrepreneurship in Kapolei on March 31. The center, which primarily serves the west side of Oahu, supports “family-owned community-based businesses to increase their capacity to succeed,” Program Director Lisa Pakele told Pacific Business News.
Four days a week, teachers from Keiki Steps fan out across the islands to set up makeshift classrooms in nine communities. On a recent morning in Waianae, on a farm tucked away on the edge of Makaha Valley, a half-dozen families roamed around activity centers under a lush canopy of macadamia nut, jackfruit and ulu trees.