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Hope For Kids ʻEkolu


Building upon the work completed during Hope for Kids ʻEkahi and ‘Elua, in January 2024 Hope for Kids ‘Ekolu launched with a long-term goal of all keiki in Hawaiʻi having access to high quality ʻāina-based education opportunities. To make progress towards this goal, the Foundation is focusing on three strategies:

  1. ‘Ekolu Cohort

    partnering with nine ʻāina-based education organizations working closely with Hawaiʻi DOE and/or charter schools to provide ʻāina-based learning opportunities for teachers and students;

  2. Advocacy

    elevating the value and importance of ʻāina-based learning through advocacy efforts;

  3. Systems Change in the DOE

    engaging in and supporting efforts within the Hawaiʻi DOE to provide access to ʻāina-based learning for teachers and students and recognizing ʻāina-based education as an essential medium for teaching and learning.


ʻĀina Protection, Stewardship, and Connection

Thriving communities through thriving ecosystems

Re-establishing systems that sustain the community

Developing and conducting model educational programs using voyaging to excite and challenge students

​Restoration & Stewardship, Heritage Preservation, and Culture & ʻĀina Based Education

Navigating towards a hopeful future

Provides social, recreational, vocational, economic, educational and cultural opportunities and infrastructure to the communities of the Kealakehe Ahupuaʻa

Seeks to weave a deep connection between the land and its people

Looking to the past to chart the way forward