We Are Oceania
The mission of We Are Oceania (WAO) is to empower our Micronesian community to navigate success while honoring the integrity of their diverse heritage. The Micronesia region faces many challenges such as U.S. militarization and weapons testing, loss of land from rising ocean levels, and lack of a sustainable local food supply. An estimated 15,000 to 17,000 people have left their homes in search of a better life for themselves and their families here in Hawai‘i. They play a leading role in the fight against Covid-19 for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community.
WAO received 501(c)3 status in 2021 after an initial pilot grant awarded by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs designated Partners in Development Foundation as their mentor organization. WAO was created by a core group of Micronesian leaders and stakeholders in Hawai‘i whose aim is to advocate for the overall health and wellbeing of Micronesian people and communities.
Opportunity Youth Action Hui Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center
The Opportunity Youth Action Hui (OYAH) is a unique collaboration of state and nonprofit agencies at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center, reflecting a central campus as a puʻuhonua, or place of peace, safety, and healing for Hawaiʻi's most vulnerable youth and young adults. Services offered share the vision to empower and equip youth with the skills needed for long-term success and independent living. Our Kupa 'Aina program is a partner of this initiative. You can learn more about the other organizations involved and how to support them below.
‘Eleu is a collective of five early childhood education agencies that believe by advocating together with one voice, we can ensure that the children and communities of Hawaiʻi will continue to flourish. The organizations share expertise in Family-Child Interaction Learning. Please click the boxes below to learn more about the organizations that make up the partnership.
Kawailoa caught the eye of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It named KYFWC one of 10 finalists in its Racial Equity 2030 challenge. KYFWC wants to establish a residential mental health campus for minors. The ultimate goal is to perfect a program rooted in Native Hawaiian practices that ends youth incarceration.
The “Kawailoa: A Transformative Indigenous Model to Replace Youth Incarceration” project supports youth to find their roles as healers and community contributors by replacing youth incarceration with a Native Hawaiian restorative system.
PIDF’s Back-toSchool keiki in the Ka Paʻalana and Nā Pono No Nā ʻOhana programs receieved community support. Cutter Chevrolet, Cutter Ford, and 94.7 KUMU-FM teamed up to host a Back-to-School Drive at the Walmart in Mililani Town Center.
Partners in Development Foundation received $43,009 from ASB to continue providing critical educational, social, and environmental services to communities throughout Hawaiʻi.