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Preparing children and families for academic success!

Nā Pono started as an Even Start grant in 2001 through the Department of Education before becoming a program of Partners in Development Foundation in 2003. Since then, countless Native Hawaiian families have been served by the program.

The foundation or basic premise of Nā Pono No Nā ʻOhana is that there is value in education for all family members. Nā Pono incorporates the Family Education model from the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) and  Nā Honua Maoli Ola framework (Hawaiʻi Guidelines for Culturally Healthy and Responsive Learning Environments) into everyday practice. There are four program service components of Family Education: Parent and Child Together (PACT) Time, Children's Education, Parent Education, and Adult Education. This NCFL model has been proven to address family engagement, academic achievement, chronic absenteeism, retention, and community strengthening nationwide. Through it, Nā Pono has been able to address early education, family strengthening, and community partnership needs. To date, with more than 20 years of offering community programs, Nā Pono has impacted over 22,000 people in Waimānalo. The program’s overall goal is to meet families where they are and empower family members as their children's first teachers.


NUʻUKIA (Vision)

To integrate progressive teaching methods with Native Hawaiian cultural values, to enhance social, economic, and educational opportunities for Hawaiian families of Waimānalo.

E Ola Nā ‘Ohana! Families will live and thrive!



Program Components

Program Components
  • Parent and Child Together (PACT) time for families with children, birth to 5 years old.
  • 2 days a week, Hawaiian Culture based curriculum focused on school readiness
  • ʻĀina-based family excursions
  • Literacy tutoring services and PAIHI Program (Native Hawaiian Physical Education "P.E.") for students K-3rd grade, provided through partnership with Mālama Honua Public Charter School, Monday-Thursday during school hours.
  • Education and employment wrap around support through mentorship, coaching, and referrals to community partners.
  • Assist with obtaining High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma provided through partnership with Windward Community School for Adults - Windward Campus.



Recent News

Recent News

Nā Pono No Nā ʻOhana Practices ʻĀina-Based Learning at Waimānalo Learning Center

April 8, 2024

The College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources’ (CTAHR) Waimānalo Learning Center was initiated in 2012 and has welcomed thousands of community members to improve awareness of the learning center’s research activities, and to support ‘āina-based education for our keiki and their ‘ohana. Current research and other activities include breeding and selecting food crops for…

Mālama Honua School Students Showcase Uka and Wai Project, Emphasizing Environmental Conservation

March 5, 2024

Since 2021, Nā Pono No Nā ʻOhana has partnered with Mālama Honua Public Charter School in Waimānalo to provide literacy support through daily tutoring services. Nā Pono staff, working closely with students and kumu, play a vital role in fostering growth for the keiki. Using specialized training, they provide academic and literacy support across all…

Waimānalo Households Enrolled In Hawaiʻi Energy Program to Save Hundreds of Dollars a Year

June 6, 2023

Nearly 75 ʻohana will benefit from an appliance swap program and an energy efficiency literacy course.

Thrive by Five Presented by Commit to Keiki

April 19, 2023

Commit to Keiki is a statewide, non-partisan, government/non-government collaborative focused on addressing critical priorities of many young families across the state. In this episode, Nā Pono No Nā ʻOhana program participants share their experience in finding valuable resources for their household.