Hale ‘Opio Kaua‘i, Inc. received $10,000 from Atherton Foundation for the Ke Kahua O Ka Malamalama cultural arts program, according to a news release. The classes are taught by Kathy and Kelvin Ho, and the focus is on Hawaiian cultural protocols, leadership, team building and healing through reconnection to the native culture.
“Utilizing lessons from observing and interactions in nature from the mountains to the sea, the program also connects youth with the vast wisdom held by their native elders in our community,” the release states.
“Youth further have opportunities to work and learn from stewardship groups that practice cultural and environmental awareness, such as the Na Pali Coast ‘Ohana.”
Hale ‘Opio’s Kaua’i Teen Court has met the Omidyar Challenge of raising $20,000 as a match for their gift. Kaua’i Teen Court diverts youth detained for the first time from the juvenile justice system through admitting their guilt and receiving a sentence in a peer court with adult judges.