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Preparing Native Hawaiian children and families for academic success!

Nā Pono No Nā ‘Ohana serves Waimānalo families using the four components of Family Literacy from the National Center for Families Learning: PACT (Parents And Children Together), Child Education, Parent Education, and Adult Education.

Nā Pono started out 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. Nā Pono No Nā ‘Ohana also partners with local businesses and individuals to distribute food monthly through community outreach.



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



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








Where enlightenment comes from

ʻIke Hawaiʻi

Hawaiian Knowledge

Ke Aʻo Pū

Learning together

Program Components

Program Components
  • 2 Days Per Week
  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Parent/Caregiver Participation
  • Family Excursions
  • Tutors provided through partnership with Mālama Honua Public Charter School, Monday-Thursday
  • Pa‘ihi Program (Native Hawaiian Physical Education “P.E.”)
  • Education for Parents/Caregivers
  • In-Person & Virtual
  • Home Visits
  • Monthly Cultural Workshops
  • Assist With Obtaining High School Diploma Equivalent
  • Resources
  • Referrals to Community Partners

Recent News

Recent News

Keola Klaus virtual toy drive is coming to town!

December 5, 2022

Support PIDF’s program keiki for a very Merry Christmas! Donate $20 or more in this virtual toy drive and receive a FREE Box Combo from Raising Cane’s.

Mahalo to our 1027 Da Bomb ʻOhana, Keola Klaus Check Presentation 2021

December 22, 2021

Local radio station 1027 da bomb’s Keola and team, along with Ali from Raising Cane’s present a check of $17,250 to make this holiday season a special one for PIDF ʻohana this year.

Nonprofit Will Use Grant To Create Savings Accounts For Native Hawaiian Families

October 12, 2021

Partners in Development Foundation is teaming up with American Savings Bank to help families better prepare and pay for children’s educational needs. Original story published on Honolulu Civil Beat on October 8, 2021 by Suevon Lee, here. A nonprofit serving Native Hawaiian children and their families through educational and social service initiatives will launch a new savings…

Native Hawaiians receive support during trying times

August 12, 2021

Partners in Development Foundation receives $150,000 from Office of Hawaiian Affairs to support Native Hawaiians. The funding will support over 500 Native Hawaiian community members in Waimānalo through PIDF’s family education programming and services.