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Tutu and Me Travelling Preschool

Structured, interactive, hands-on learning environment that prepares children birth-5 years old for school success while providing their caregivers with education, skills, and support to continue the practices at home. Teaching teams travel to at-risk communities throughout the State to provide quality early childhood education twice a week at each site, as well as resources for caregivers, reading books to take home, visits by health care providers, field trips, and opportunities for caregivers to learn and interact with their child. The program’s five-year longitudinal study and adoption by the YMCA of the USA have demonstrated the proven success and replicability of this program.


'Ike No'eau

Mobile computer lab providing developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant math and science preschool curriculum to families at the shelters and at Hawaiian Homelands in Wai‘anae and Waimānalo.

Ka Pa'alana


Delivers an integrated Tūtū and Me Preschool and Nā Pono Family Education program to increase the success and self-sufficiency of homeless families on the beaches and in shelters on the Leeward Coast of O‘ahu. In addition to its nationally accredited preschool site at Hope Shelter, Ka Pa‘alana provides several mobile preschool sites and homeless outreach services throughout the coast, including our newest sites at King’s Landing on Hawai‘i Island and Kaka‘ako, O‘ahu. Through collaborative partnerships, the program delivers a continuum of care by providing comprehensive family education, home visits, homeless outreach services, basic necessities, and also serves as an initial contact agency for families who are ready to transition to local shelters or temporary housing facilities.


Ke Kama Pono


Adjudicated youth program serving up to twelve court-appointed boys at a time (ages 13-17), in a temporary living environment for six to nine months. The goal of this program is to support the development and integration of critical life skills necessary for the youth’s long-term success, partnering with families to ensure successful re-entry. The low recidivism rate and high employment or back-to-school rates are attributed to the program’s multi-faceted approach, including: an effective youth mentoring component, hands-on standards-based education by DOE teachers, a family reunification component, implementation of deep-rooted cultural values, and a safe, nurturing home-like environment.

Na Pono No Na 'Ohana


Comprehensive family literacy/education program for Native Hawaiians and others in Waimānalo, O‘ahu. The project adapts the four components of family literacy from the National Center for Families Learning (Child Education, Parent Education, Parent Child Together Time, Adult Education), molding them into a culturally sensitive program designed to forge a parental partnership in education. Through the project, adults learn to recognize and accept their responsibilities as parents/family members/workers/citizens, while children learn age-appropriate skills to prepare them for success in school and life. The program has recently expanded to reach the homeless in Waimānalo, by conducting mobile outreach and food distribution.


Ka Hana No'eau


Community-based program unique to Hawai‘i Island, comprised of mentorships as well as an academic support program called Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID). The program aims to provide mentorships for middle and high school students that are meaningful and extend beyond the scope of this project, seeking to nurture the potential within each youth and broaden their perspectives on positive and sustainable career choices. A wide range of traditional and contemporary mentorships are offered, including: horsemanship, ukulele construction, leather craft, agriculture, robotics, stream study, photography, and more.