Investing in Teachers-To-Be: Funder Spotlight – Dr. Dolores Curtis

INPEACE’s Ka Lama program aims at getting more Wai‘anae Coast residents certified to teach in the schools within their community. In recent years, the Delores Curtis Scholarship has helped immensely in achieving this goal. A retired University of Hawai‘i professor, Dr. Delores Curtis seeks to honor the memory of one of her most cherished colleagues through this scholarship fund.

Aloha United Way and Hawaii Community Foundation Awards $300,000

Aloha United Way and the Hawai‘i Community Foundation are committed to finding solutions that lead to a more equitable and sustainable Hawai’i.  We are excited to share that INPEACE – Ho’oulu Waiwai Financial Capabilities is part of the 2022 – 2024 ALICE Initiative Cohort and have been granted $300,000 over the next three years!

Building Healthier Financial Habits – A Participant Spotlight on Leihualani Naldoza

It’s been said that discipline is “remembering what you want.” For Mrs. Leihualani Naldoza, that has certainly held true when it comes to her family’s finances. The Hilo resident and Ho‘oulu Waiwai program participant explains what it was like for her and her husband prior to finding INPEACE’s financial capabilities services:

Empowerment Through Advocacy: Nalani Galariada

Nalani Galariada grew up in Nanakuli on Hakimo Road. Back then, life was all about riding bike, roller skating (on 4-wheels), playing in the quarry (now Sea Country), marbles, skyheenee (sky inning), and chase master with her sister and neighborhood friends. She remembers a different kind of childhood, one not concerned with things like crime, drugs, and human trafficking. 

Keiki Steps Invited to Indigenous Early Learning Collaborative

The Indigenous Early Learning Collaborative (IELC) is a community-based inquiry project created by Dr. Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, Founder and Principal Consultant of the First Light Education Project, in collaboration with the Brazelton Touchpoints Center (BTC). The W.K. Kellogg Foundation has generously committed $1.5 million to this 2-year project to support these indigenous community projects. INPEACE’s Keiki Steps program has the honor of being one of four selected Indigenous communities in the IELC, representing Hawai‘i and our lāhui kānaka ‘ōiwi. INPEACE joins three other indigenous community serving organizations as part of the IELC: the Wiikwedong ECD Collaborative of Keweenaw, Michigan; Wicoie Nandagikendan, an immersion program in urban Minneapolis; and Daybreak Star of Seattle, Washington.