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Hope For Kids


In 2008, when Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation was first considering how it would develop its grantmaking program focused on children, the board and staff of the Foundation heard multiple times from a range of experts who work with children in Hawai‘i that too many of our children lack hope. This sounded an alarm for us, especially because our benefactor sought to expand opportunities for children to build hope. So we explored what might instill hope in our children. That was the beginning of the Hope for Kids Initiative.

Implementing the Initiative with Partners


The Foundation established Hope for Kids to expand opportunities for children in Hawaiʻi to build hope and a positive future. The initiative is now in its second phase. In the first phase, ʻEkahi (One) which started in June 2009, a learning cohort of ten nonprofit partners in Hawaiʻi was convened. The Partners, who also received multi-year funding from the Foundation, were all working with children in programs that promote resiliency, develop life skills and instill a sense of environmental stewardship.

Upon reflecting on the first six years of work, including talking with the ʻEkahi Partners, reviewing the videos they created with Palikū Documentary Films, and the evaluation findings they developed together with Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (PREL), the Foundation concluded that its work was not done and it would continue Hope for Kids with a second phase, ʻElua (Two). The Foundation began ʻElua on June 1, 2016 with nine partners. These nine ʻElua Partners, like the ten ʻEkahi Partners, are committed to bringing hope to children through delivering ʻāina-based education. The Foundation's definition of ʻāina-based education is based on work done by Dr. Brandon Ledward and adapted by the Foundation to mean: Learning in a cultural context through and from the ʻāina, or that which feeds and sustains us – the land, sea, and air. An initial pilot evaluation report, based on the work of six of the ‘Elua partners, and prepared by Dr. Anna Ah Sam, was released in late 2019. It illustrates the theories underlying the work of the ‘Elua partners as well as the outcomes and measurable indicators of progress. Equally important, it provides information about the data collection methods employed by each partner. A subsequent interim evaluation report was prepared by Dr. Ah Sam with significant input from all Partners in early 2022 which summarizes work done and adaptations made during the COVID pandemic and a final report is anticipated for the end of the initiative in late summer, 2022.


ʻAha Pūnana Leo

Language Nest Preschools

Friends of the Future, Nā Kahumoku

Environmental Youth Leadership

Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha

Creating Peaceful Communities


Life skills through kalo cultivation

Hui Mālama O Ke Kai Foundation

Cultivating pride and leadership

Ka Honua Momona International

Sustainability mauka and makai

Ka‘ala Farm, Inc.

Educational and personal development experiences

Kahua Paʻa Mua, Inc.

Natural Farming Learning Lab

Kāko‘o ‘Ōiwi

Advancement of the local community

Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy

Traditional Hawaiian navigation

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke

Youth construction program

MAʻO – Waiʻanae Community Redevelopment Corporation

Working towards food sustainability

Office of Hawaiian Education

Increasing visibility and value for Hawaiian education approaches.

Paepae o Heʻeia

Dedicated to caring for He‘eia Fishpond

Papahana Kuaola

Mālama ʻāina based learning

RISE- Keaukaha One Youth Development

A community resource bank in Hilo

The Kohala Center

Educational and research programs

Waipā Foundation

Cultural and ahupua‘a learning center


What is an ʻĀina-based Education Systems Map? (2019)

Hope for Kids: Building Hope and a Positive Future

ʻAha Pūnana Leo | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

Hoa ʻĀina O Mākaha | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

Hui Mālama O Ke Kai Foundation | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

Ka Honua Momona | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

Kaʻala Farm | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

The Kohala Center | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

Kōkua Kalihi Valley - Hoʻoulu ʻĀina | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

Ma Ka Hana Ka ʻIke | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

Nā Kahumoku | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

Waipā Foundation | Hope for Kids (2009-2015)

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