Past & Present Toward Our Future



Mālama i kou kuleana

Take Care of your Responsibilities


Aloha ke kahi i ke kahi

Love one another


E Kuahui like i ka hana

Let everyone work together


Mahalo i ka mea loa'a

Be thankful for all that you have


These ʻōlelo noʻeau are four principles that guide us at the Hāmākua Youth Center. For over twenty years our kuleana has been the sharing of aloha with our youth, families, and community. Through laulima with our partners, community, families and youth we have established programs and activities that continue to grow in service. We mahalo each of you for your support over the years. 


We recently completed a Phase II Environmental Site Assessment that revealed extensive contamination of the soils surrounding the building. This unexpected news means we are in the process of applying for funding to cover the cost of remediation and renovation, including the County of Hawaii Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Our hope is to create a community center that will serve the needs of our district. To do this we welcome your input!


Please join us for a virtual meeting on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 5 PM. The meeting link is or dial in at (253) 215- 8782, meeting ID 845 6954 7255.


Should you wish to receive a copy of our CDBG application and/or submit comments prior to the meeting, please contact Jeannette at

Our goal is to complete the remediation phase of work in 2022. For that we need funding. If you are able to support this phase of the project, we extend our deepest gratitude. 


There are many ways to give:

Checks can be mailed to:

Hamakua Youth Foundation

P.O. Box 381

Honoka‘a, HI 96727

Or come and see us in person at 45-3396 Mamane Street.



A new crowdfunding project is in the works, and we’ll have more on that very soon. Please keep in touch with us on Facebook for updates as we move ahead on our exciting new Hamakua Youth & Teen Center.

Mahalo again and again!