The mission of ʻOkakopa Hoʻolauleʻa is to support the children of Hawaii public schools.

Each year we search for a school project or program that would benefit from a donation. We seek to provide assistance to projects or programs which may not have the ability to raise money, have recently lost funding, are new or too small. We give preference to projects that have a well defined need and can demonstrate a measurable impact on the childrens’ education.

Kalihi Elementary School, Our 2018 Beneficiary

Our donation to the Kalihi Elementary School will be used to purchase recess and physical education equipment. Their students participate in extra-curricular activities which include basketball, volleyball and track. Students compete in tournaments and a track meet challenging the other elementary and middle schools in the Farrington High School Complex. This helps them understand the pride in representing their school. Our donation will allow the school to purchase team uniforms which will represent the school as Kalihi Rams.

The equipment will help the teachers be more creative in teaching health and wellness which is aimed at giving students opportunities to make good decisions, solve problems, show respect and grow individually and collectively. This speaks to the school’s mission to “Strengthen Our Community.”

Here is more information about the school and its community:

About Us – Kalihi Elementary School – a video

School Status and Improvement Report SY 16-17 – demographic information – web site

Kahuku High School, Our 2014 Beneficiary

In 2012 we provided a donation to Nanakuli High School. Last year we gave a donation to Kahuku High School.

Here is a report of our Makana Drive to deliver a check to Kahuku in January 2014.

Matt Kanemoto with Nancy, Greg and students

The weather blessed us with lots of sunshine for a pleasant drive in the country for our Makana Mission to Kahuku High School on Thursday, January 30. We went there to present our donation from ‘Okakopa Ho’olaule’a to the school’s Kokoula Natural Resource Program. Matt Kanemoto, the school’s teacher and program director, arranged for us to meet with two of his classes that morning.

Nancy Cranston, project chair, led the team on the drive out with an assist from Steve as navigator and relief driver. Team Hoku Hawaii also included James Mooney, Mark Shrivastava, Greg Gibbons and Michael Ventresca. We started from the Admiral Thomas where Russell Kulinski saw the group off. He had to stay behind to work.

Pre-drive staging at the Admiral Thomas

Our visit with the students of Matt Kanemoto’s class was the highlight of our day. They took us on a tour of their agriculture and aquaculture projects. And with them we shared our enthusiasm for automobiles; with particular emphasis on “kulia i ka nu’u” as a value to embrace in all the journeys of our lives.

Michael Ventresca presents makan to the students

Michael Ventresca, ‘Okakopa Ho’olaule’a chairman, presented our makana of $1000 to the students. They immediately came up with specific ideas on using the gift for their programs and student community.

More photos from the day’s journey are posted at: