Hope for Kids
Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation established Hope for Kids to expand opportunities for children in Hawaiʻi to build hope and a positive future. The initiative is now in its second phase. In the first phase, ʻEkahi (One) which started in June 2009, a learning cohort of ten nonprofit partners in Hawaiʻi was convened. The Partners, who also received multi-year funding from the Foundation, were all working with children in programs that promote resiliency, develop life skills and instill a sense of environmental stewardship.
Upon reflecting on the first six years of work, including talking with the ʻEkahi Partners, reviewing the videos they created with Palikū Documentary Films and the evaluation findings they developed together with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), the Foundation concluded that its work was not done and it would continue Hope for Kids with a second phase, ʻElua (Two). The Foundation began ʻElua on June 1, 2016 with nine partners. These nine ʻElua partners, like the ten ʻEkahi partners, are committed to bringing hope to children through delivering ʻāina-based education. The Foundation’s definition of ʻāina-based education is based on work done by Dr. Brandon Ledward and adapted by the Foundation to mean: Learning in a cultural context through and from the ʻāina, or that which feeds and sustains us – the land, sea and air.
In this ten-minute video, the Foundation shares the origin, history, accomplishments and lessons learned from the first six years of the Hope for Kids Initiative (2009 – 2015).
You can find additional videos for each of the ten Hope for Kids ʻEkahi Partners, which tell of their work and impact under the Initiative, embedded in their respective sections.