The Hamakua Youth Center is a no-fee after-school, occasional weekends, intersession and summer enrichment program for school age youth. Activities include Hawaiian Culture through language, oli and mele, lau hala weaving, hula and more. The youth are immersed in agriculture at Waipi'o Valley and on our half acre native hawaiian garden at the Hamakua Harvest site, on Kamehameha Schools Bishop Estate Parcel. We also provide a loving inclusive space for all youth to be themselves. Through our program we nurture self-confidence, self-awareness, self-expression, build life skills aligned with our "KALM" Hawaiian Values that we strive to instill in our keiki.
K - Kuleana - Responsibility - Malama I Kou Kuleana - Take Care
of your responsibilities, through this youth learn that their
actions affect others.
A - Aloha - Love - Aloha Ke Kahi I Ke Kahi - Love one another,
through this youth learn to share and accept others for who
L - Laulima - Cooperation - E kuahui like i ka hana - Let
everybody pitch in and work together. Keiki have daily
"chores" to complete. Even the youngest participant is
required to pull their weight. Through this keiki learn to be
M - Mahalo - Thankful - Mahalo I Ka Mea Loa'a - Be thankful for
all that you have. Through this our keiki learn appreciate
things for what they are.
We also provide daily transportation to in town families, daily snacks, and homework help & LOVE!
Our after-school program are for youths ages 6-18 years old. Activities include but not limited to:
Multicultural Awareness Program
Basic Hawaiian Language
Arts/Crafts -ceramics, painting
Please Call for Scholarship Applications
Hamakua Youth Center sponsors a number of scholarships for HYC students planning to further their education.
Download the applications here, and begin the process to enjoy continued support of Hamakua Youth Center in your educational endeavors.
Continuing scholarship assistance is possible, provided that the applicant provide semi-annual written documentation from the relevant institution, or appropriate teacher, mentor or elder that assures the Hamakua Youth Foundation Scholarship Committee that the applicant is making progress toward a degree, certificate, or program completion--or is achieving a specified level of competence in a timely manner. Where relevant, the ongoing scholarship student’s grades need to demonstrate a sufficient degree of academic success or achievement.
SCHOLARSHIPS ARE STILL AVAILABLE FOR THIS YEAR! Please apply today!