• Hope for Kids`Ekahi: convening at HAOM

    Photo provided by Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation

  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: Waipā

    Photo provided by Waipā Foundation

  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: The Kohala Center

    Photo provided by The Kohala Center

  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: convening at MKHKI

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  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: Nā Kahumoku

    Photo provided by Nā Kahumoku

  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: Ma Ka Hana Ka `Ike

    Photo provided by Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke

  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: ʻAha Pūnana Leo

    Photo provided by ʻAha Pūnana Leo

  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: Hoa ‘Āina O Mākaha

    Photo provided by Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha

  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: Hui Mālama O Ke Kai Foundation

    Photo provided by Hui Mālama O Ke Kai Foundation

  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: Ka`ala Cultural Learning Center

    Photo provided by Kaʻala Cultural Learning Center

  • Hope for Kids `Ekahi: Molokai group convening

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  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: Kōkua Kalihi Valley

    Photo provided by Kōkua Kalihi Valley

  • Hope for Kids`Ekahi: Ka Honua Momona

    Photo provided by Ka Honua Momona


Hope for Kids ʻEkahi

In June 2009 the Foundation began the Hope for Kids work with nine partner organizations.  Three years into the initiative, a tenth partner was added.  Over the course of the six years, the Partners all explored how to expand or improve their work with children in their communities.  While each Partner delivered their programs in their own ways reflective of their community and their setting, they all agreed to incorporate the following elements into their programs and to explore how these program elements contributed to bringing the children they served a sense of hope:  1) Aloha – provide opportunities for meaningful engagement with an adult who shares of their ʻike and aloha; 2) Kuleana – believe in the potential of children and set high expectations for their performance; 3) Mālama ʻĀina – provide opportunities to learn outdoors; 4) Hoʻolako – assist in the development of life skills; and 5) Mēheuheu –  provide opportunities to celebrate and find strength in one’s cultural identity and/or use culture for learning.

While the formal funding relationship with these ten partners has ended, the Foundation continues to value the work of the ʻEkahi Partners and credits these organizations with laying the foundation for the next phase of its work – Hope for Kids ʻElua.  Read about Hope for Kids ʻEkahi and the Foundation’s Theory of Change developed by the ʻEkahi Partners.

In an effort to capture the key lessons the Foundation learned about working with the Hope for Kids ʻEkahi Partners, the Foundation wrote a Reflections document.  This document captures five key insights about engaging with and supporting Partners in connecting with each other.

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Hope for Kids ʻEkahi Partners

ʻAha Pūnana Leo

The ‘Aha Pūnana Leo, best known for the Language Nest Preschools, is the leading entity in Hawai‘i and the United States for indigenous language revitalization. In the past twenty years, the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo has moved the Hawaiian language from … Read More

Friends of the Future, Nā Kahumoku

An environmental youth leadership program at Kealakehe Intermediate School on Hawai‘i Island, Nā Kahumoku strives to instill environmental awareness, leadership skills and cultural education in students through the use of community service projects and visits to historic sites. The program is … Read More

Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha

Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha, located on property adjacent to Mākaha Elementary School in Leeward O‘ahu, delivers five different but interrelated programs that engage students, families and teachers in a lifetime of learning. The programs are: Nā Keiki O Ka ‘Āina; … Read More

Hui Mālama O Ke Kai Foundation

The mission of Hui Mālama O Ke Kai (HMK) is to cultivate pride and leadership by living Hawaiian values. Through their Keiki and ‘Ōpio programs, Hui Mālama O Ke Kai offers weekly after school services, five days a week to … Read More

Ka Honua Momona International

Ka Honua Momona is based on the island of Molokai. The mission of the organization is to be a model of sustainability mauka a makai (from the mountains to the sea), reflecting the organization’s belief that Molokai can again return … Read More

Kaʻala Farm, Inc.

“To reclaim and preserve the living culture of the Poʻe Kahiko (people of old) in order to strengthen the kinship relationships between the ‘āina (land, that which nourishes) and all forms of life necessary to sustain the balance of life … Read More

The Kohala Center

The Kohala Center is a fully independent, community-based, not-for-profit center for research and education. Through the respectful engagement of the Island of Hawai‘i as an extraordinary and vibrant learning laboratory for humanity, The Kohala Center builds educational and research programs … Read More

Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services – Hoʻoulu ʻĀina

Kōkua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services (KKV) is a community-organized and community-operated nonprofit corporation dedicated to health and reconciliation in the Kalihi Valley community. It was formed in 1972 by community leaders in response to an absence of accessible and … Read More

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke

As a construction and building skills training program in Hāna, Maui, the mission of Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke is to provide youth with a way to learn that makes sense to them, that builds their self-esteem and shows them … Read More

Waipā Foundation

Waipā Foundation, through a lease and partnership with Kamehameha Schools, manages the 1,600 acre ahupua‘a of Waipā on Kauaʻi’s north shore as a Hawaiian cultural center and ahupua‘a learning center. While Waipā welcomes over 2,000 learners a year from all … Read More