Project Ka Hana Noʻeau is a community-based program comprised of mentorships and an academic support program, Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). Ka Hana Noʻeau serves the rural districts of North Kohala, Hāmākua, and South Kona of Hawai‘i island.

Ka Hana Noʻeau has developed engaging mentorship programs for Hawaiian youth that meld traditional and contemporary knowledge in support of science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).

Our place based activities will reinforce positive experiences for our youth residing in these rural communities. Our children are the community’s treasures and represent our future leaders.

Ka Hana No‘eau seeks to nurture the potential within our youth and to help broaden their perspectives on positive and sustainable choices. It is also recognized that traditional values and culture of Hawai‘i are vital qualities that must be present in the in the program and curriculum.

The bond that will be developed between students and mentor will give our youth networking opportunities that will extend well beyond the scope of this project.
With the mentorship...
  • Students apply to mentor group of interest
  • Mentors meet with students for five hours minimum per week to develop student proficiency in skill area.
  • A positive, intergenerational bond will be fostered through regular meetings.
  • Students will develop an appreciation for the values and traditions associated with Hawaiian culture.
  • Students will experience the value of being a significant community contributor by executing a community service project.
  • Participation in a positive extra-curricular experience that is aligned with student interest will have a positive impact on academics and career planning.

Academic support via AVID is offered at each school partner site.

AVID is used as a vehicle to raise students’ potential for success. Participants enroll in the AVID elective course and are exposed to learning, academic and behavioral skills that are critical to school success.

AVID strategies equip participants with tools that they can use in writing, reading, and problem solving. AVID also focuses on organizational skills and building resilience in learning so that students can persevere when presented with complex, challenging tasks.

AVID aligns well with Native Hawaiian students’ learning patterns and was developed primarily for students from disadvantaged populations who are often precluded from college access due to a lack of academic readiness. The AVID program results in improved student performance in the face of rigorous standards using a culturally sensitive approach.