The current iteration of Ka Hana Noʻeau is a mentorship program based at Honokaʻa High and Intermediate School on Hawaiʻi Island.
Ka Hana Noʻeau's purpose is to establish meaningful relationships with the high school youth. The intent is to create positive relationships that will influence the mentees' decision-making and encourage them to have high expectations for their own futures after high school.
There are two components: Model Rocket Building and Fine Arts. The mentorships allow for closer connections between teaching staff and students who may be struggling or are at-risk. It has opened doors for the instructors to talk about resources and services available to the youth and their families, such as food drives.
Our children are the community’s treasures and represent our future leaders. Ka Hana No‘eau seeks to nurture the potential within our youth and to help broaden their perspectives on positive and sustainable choices. It is also recognized that traditional values and culture of Hawai‘i are vital qualities that must be present in the in the program and curriculum.
In the past, Ka Hana Noʻeau impacted the lives of hundreds of students in the rural districts of North Kohala, Hāmākua, and South Kona on Hawaiʻi Island. Ka Hana Noʻeau has developed engaging mentorship programs for Hawaiian youth that meld traditional and contemporary knowledge in support of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).
The Ka Hana Noeau Horsemanship Project held its participant playday for family and friends on July 10, 2017 in Hawi at the Lio Lapa’au arena.
Students from Kohala, Honoka‘a, Pa‘auilo, and Konawaena, all who are program mentees of Ka Hana No‘eau, joined each other in Kailua-Kona for a day of educational learning experiences about the rich history rooted in its many miles of shoreline.
Located on the beautiful hillside of Kealakekua (Hawaii) is Konawaena High School, home of the Wildcats. Partners In Development Foundation’s Ka Hana No’eau mentorship program has been working with the school in developing innovative elective classes for students to learn about Hawaiian traditions using contemporary technology.
The Graphic Arts students from our Ka Hana No’eau mentoring program in Kohala, under the support and direction of their mentor Leslie Hayes-Cullins, produced a short hip-hop styled Drug Addiction Prevention video.