Hana 21st Century Community Learning Centers

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Building Program

Activity takes place:
At a community location, At school.
During time period(s):
Afterschool, Fall Intersession, Winter Intersession, Spring Intersession, Summer Intersession
Culture, Math, Vocational
High School (9-12)
Detailed Description:
Construction skills training both on campus and in the community, helping kūpuna and community members with much-needed building projects and improving facilities at Hāna School. Locations include Hāna School and project sites throughout the Hāna community.

High-School only.
No charge
Schedule (Days/Times):
Program times:
M–F, 2pm–4:30pm (school year)
M–F, 9am–4:30pm (summer and intersession breaks)
(in-school Building and Woods electives must be arranged by Hana School registrar)
Additional Information
After-school participation must be arranged by students around sports practice, tutoring, and family obligations. Contact Executive Director Lipoa Kahaleuahi at lipoa@hanabuild.org for more information.

In Ma Ka Hana Ka 'Ike, we learn from the best! Uncle Frank Sinenci, Master Hale Builder showing some of our visitors how to tie specific knots!

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke, established in 2000, is an award-winning construction skills training program for at-risk youth in Hana, Maui—an isolated community on the island’s east coast with over two-thirds its population of Native Hawaiian ancestry. It is also a non-profit organization that has extended it's values of vocational training, sustainability and empowerment to include a community farm and a traditional ku'i (pounding kalo) program.

Our approach is to teach academic subjects through real-life, hands-on application, where students can understand the concepts they’re learning through tangible examples. But these aren’t just examples for learning’s sake. Our projects meet real school and community needs, so our students’ education immediately serves those whose lives it touches.

Self-sustenance, sustainability in building—these are some of the principles we aim to pass on to the next generation, as we create caretakers of our community’s future, leaders of our islands.

The mission of Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke (“In Working, One Learns”) is to provide at-risk youth with a way to learn that makes sense to them, that builds their self-esteem and shows them they have the power to change their future.

On the outside we build structures—on the inside, we’re building lives.

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