Educational Programs At A Glance
Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool
Is a structured, interactive, hands-on learning environment that prepares children birth to five years old for school success while providing their caregivers with education, skills, and support to continue the practices at home. Teaching teams travel to twenty eight at-risk communities throughout the state to provide quality early childhood education twice a week at each site. Teams also provide resources for caregivers, reading books to take home, visits by health care providers, field trips, and opportunities for caregivers to learn and interact with their child. The program’s five-year longitudinal study on the program and adoption by the YMCA of the USA in over one hundred ten sites nationwide, have demonstrated the proven success and replicability of this program.
Nā Pono No Nā ‘Ohana Family Education
Provides comprehensive family literacy and education program for Native Hawaiians and others residents in Waimānalo, O‘ahu. The program adapts the four components of family literacy from the National Center for Families Learning (Child Education, Parent Education, Parent Child Together Time, Adult Education), molding them into a culturally sensitive program designed to forge a parental partnership in education. Through the program, adults learn to recognize and accept their responsibilities as parents, family members, workers, and citizens, while children learn age-appropriate skills to prepare them for success in school and life. The program has recently expanded to reach the homeless in Waimānalo, by conducting mobile outreach and food distribution.
Ka Pa‘alana Homeless Family Education
Delivers an integrated Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool and Nā Pono Family Education program to increase the success and self-sufficiency of homeless families. In addition to its nationally accredited preschool site at Hope Shelter and numerous mobile preschool sites and homeless outreach services along the Leeward Coast of Oʻahu, Ka Pa‘alana has recently expanded to provide its much needed services to homeless families on Hawai‘i Island and Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu. Through collaborative partnerships, the program delivers a continuum of care by providing comprehensive family education, home visits, homeless outreach services, basic necessities, and also serves as an initial contact agency for families who are ready to transition to local shelters or temporary housing facilities.
Pili A Pa‘a Professional Development
Provides professional development for up to eight teachers at a time, in a four-week intensive training and collaboration period designed to enhance their teaching practices. This program was created to address critical deficits in reading, math, and science for Native Hawaiian students on Hawai‘i Island and seeks to build each teacher’s knowledge of curriculum, Common Core Standards, and instructional strategies, while integrating Native Hawaiian cultural values and processes. Through this process, teachers are able to examine and integrate culturally responsive teaching strategies to increase academic achievement for their students. Increased collaboration between teachers in this program has also created professional learning communities within and between participating schools.
Ka Hana Noʻeau Youth Mentoring Program
Is a community-based program unique to Hawai‘i Island, comprised of mentorships as well as an academic support program called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). The program aims to provide mentorships for middle and high school students that are meaningful and extend beyond the scope of this program, seeking to nurture the potential within each youth and broaden their perspectives on positive and sustainable choices. A wide range of traditional and contemporary mentorships are offered, including: horsemanship, 'ukulele construction, leather craft, agriculture, robotics, stream study, photography, and more.
The Hawaiian Bible Project, preserves and marks the Hawaiian Bible in digital and print form to increase access of the Hawaiian Bible for the next generation of Hawaiian language students. In addition to incorporating diacritical markings for the first time since the Hawaiian Bible was published over 175 years ago, the project released a bilingual version of the New Testament with parallel Hawaiian-English text and is currently working on providing a full bilingual Hawaiian-English Baibala Hemolele with Hawaiian Concordance. Searchable image and text files of the original Palapala Hemolele and various versions of Baibala Hemolele are available on its website www.baibala.org, along with a mobile app and audio track for select chapters (to assist in pronunciation, cadence, and intonation).