About PID Foundation

Partners Working for You

Since 1997, Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF) has been dedicated to drawing upon the ancient Hawaiian cultural traditions to meet the current challenges facing today’s Hawaiian population. Using vital traditional concepts such as the ahupua‘a system of land and environmental stewardship, and ho‘ona‘auao, traditional mentorship in education, Partners in Development creates and implements programs to address the needs of at-risk groups within the Hawaiian community, such as preschool children, their caregivers, and economically depressed neighborhoods.

Our Roots

Partners in Development Foundation, an IRS Section 501(c)(3) non-profit public foundation was incorporated in 1997 with the goal of helping families and communities overcome difficult challenges in ways that would make them, in turn, teachers and helpers of others in need.

The Foundation’s first program was its free traveling preschool, Tūtū and Me, established in 2001 through the U.S. Department of Education in cooperation with the Association of Hawaiian Evangelical Churches of the United Church of Christ. This program set the pattern of PIDF’s utilization of traditional Hawaiian values in contemporary settings. Recognizing the role of grandparents raising Hawaiian children, the program sent teaching teams to underserved communities to help meet the developmental needs of these young children and support the grandparents and other care-givers in this task.

As our Foundation plans new strategic approaches focusing on rural development, special needs education, and the health of minority groups, it remains committed not only to ensure the long-term success of the people it serves, but also to instill in them a passion and a responsibility to serve others.

Our Commitment

Partners in Development Foundation is committed to strengthening our communities through the strategic implementation of innovative ideas. From the Foundation’s inception, strong, transparent fiscal management has been a priority to ensure the success of our programs. As we focus on the long-term success of the people and the communities we serve, we hope to instill a sense that those who succeed have, in turn, a responsibility to serve others in need.

Our Core Values

The following principles guide decisions in all of the work that PIDF pursues. These are not simply words to consider – they are the embodiment of our goals, and as such can be seen expressed throughout the work of the foundation.

Aloha (love; respect)

Love for self, family, and others is a lifelong commitment. Aloha is conveyed with purpose: it is a sincerity that comes from deep within. We experience the joy of unconditional love through service; therefore, we welcome others and reach out to offer help in whatever way might be needed.

Lōkahi (harmony; unity)

Our ancestors were very aware of their need to be spiritually balanced before starting their work. Maintaining harmony was their first priority in life; so we practice and perpetuate these same teachings throughout our work. We are a family working in unity and trust because we speak from our hearts and recognize the value of every member in our community.

Mālama (to care for; to honor)

We have a strong sense of kuleana (responsibility) to our past, present, and future. This brings forth purpose to preserve the lessons of the past, motivation to practice and improve in the present, and meaning to ensure a favorable future. This sense of stewardship with a humble heart is a trait we aim to instill in our children and neighbors through our commitment to servant-leadership.

Pono (goodness; morality)

The essence of pono is being in accordance with what is just, good, or proper, with a foundation in rightness and balance. It teaches an attitude of nurturing and optimism that permeates everything we do. Hana pono, mai pono hana! – Do things right (the first time), not haphazardly!

Po‘okela (greatest; to excel)

The pursuit of excellence is reflected in the high standards of quality that our programs exhibit. Having been recognized for our merit by national organizations such as the NAEYC, Generations United, and the YMCA, we continue to strive to create the transformational change that we believe will lead to a better future for all.


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