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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).

Program Components

Program Components

The goal of the Model Rocket Building mentorship is to design, construct, launch, and later recover rockets while incorporating STEAM skills. 

Instruction has been held virtually over Google Classroom to communicate safely with the mentees, with the mentor dropping off supplies and picking up work from the youths' homes.

The Fine Arts mentorship teaches drawing, painting, and some sculpture.

Recent News

Recent News

Two Mentorship Programs Receive Fundamental Support to Empower Vulnerable Native Hawaiian Youth Populations

June 6, 2023

Over $120,000 will enable the youth of the Honokaʻa and greater Windward Oʻahu region to benefit from services such as career pathway development and mental health.

Kohala Ka Hana No`eau Horsemanship Project Playday Success

August 15, 2017

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.

Ka Hana No‘eau Ends the School Year With a Body Glove Adventure

June 17, 2014

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.

‘Ohana Night – Konawaena

May 29, 2014

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.