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

     they are.

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!

   Hamakua Youth Foundation Internship Program


HYF Internship Program offers students opportunities to work and learn from local businesses. It gives youth the opportunity to engage with community memebers and businesses, build their resume, and create long lasting realtionships. Our internship program provides students with school credit toward their community service requirement.  In some cases students are offered a job after internship.


If you are a business owner seeking interns or if you want to become an intern or for more information contact Ruby at


After-School Program

Our after-school program are for youths ages 6-18 years old.  Activities include but not limited to:

Homework Help/Tutoring


Multicultural Awareness Program

Basic Hawaiian Language

Community Volunteering

Arts/Crafts -ceramics, painting



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.




Youth Branders

Youth Branders started as a pilot program with SMC High School students of Honoka’a High and Intermediate and the Hamakua Youth Center.  The program objective is to give the students who do not conform to regular classrooms, the opportunity to complete the high school curriculums through Marketing and Branding.  


Through the program not only have these students learn basic graphic design and branding through creating apparel, they are also encouraged to work as a team, cultural awareness, basic home economics, and now event coordinations.  In only six months of this program, we have seen continuing success in attitude, performance, and punctuality, that Youth Branders will be continuing again next school year.


Contact us: 

P.O Box 381

45-3396  Mamane St.

Honokaa HI 96727

(808) 775-0976

© 2017  by HYF.

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