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The Piha Me Ka Pono Community School program in partnership with the Hawai'i Department of Education, implements the Community School Strategy to equip public schools to be centers of community where every student’s needs are met, everyone belongs, works together and succeeds.

Piha Me Ka Pono serves (8) eight Hawai'i public schools and utilizes the Community School Strategy's holistic approach on how to care for students to address the unseen "baggage" e.g. food insecurity, houselessness, foster care, divorce, trauma, etc.  that some of our young lives are facing. A Community School Coordinator is located at each school and is tasked with building trusting relationships and bringing in appropriate resources and support not only for our students but for the surrounding school community.

Schools alone cannot solely impact student achievement. In order to fully prepare students for future roles, strong relationships must be built and sustained within the community. That’s why Piha Me Ka Pono Community School Coordinators work collaboratively with their respective schools to implement the (4) four pillars of Community Schools as an overarching strategy to remove the barriers of learning through a strong community-based approach.

Program Components
Program Components The Four Pillars
The Four Pillars

The community school model uses the four pillars, a strength-based approach between home and school, to recognize that school improvement is a partnership based on relationships of mutual trust.

Intended for students focusing on enrichment and intervention.

A committed network of community partnerships available to support parents and students.

Securing parents as true partners through a coordinated system of meaningful services to better support their child’s success and for them to pursue self-improvement opportunities. 

Practices to build a culture of professional learning, collective trust, and shared responsibility.

Contact Piha Me Ka Pono

Looking to partner or learn more about how you can support a Community School? Complete the Contact Form below, or call our office at (808) 884-5927 to speak to a Piha Me Ka Pono representative.

We look forward to assisting you with your inquiry. One of our Piha Me Ka Pono staff will be in contact with you as soon as possible. Mahalo!

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.

Four PIDF programs celebrate Lā ʻOhana in Waimea

June 13, 2022

Tūtū and Me keiki from Hawaiʻi Island’s Waimea and Honokaʻa sites celebrated their end of the year accomplishments with an in-person Lā ʻOhana (family day)! Four PIDF programs participated in the fun: Pili a Paʻa, Project Pilina, Tūtū and Me ʻOhana Support, and Hoʻopalekana Ola.

Community School Manager seeks to spread kindness and hope

May 28, 2022

Pili A Paʻa Community School Manager at the Kohala Complex shares encouraging and positive messages while directing school traffic.

Resilience Hub receives $10,000 from Hawaiian Electric

May 21, 2021

PIDF received a $10,000 grant from Hawaiian Electric to continue the Resilience Hub in Kohala, a project under the Pili a Pa‘a program that provides a safe space for keiki who are doing distance learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic and whose caregivers are unable to supervise them.