The mission of Okakopa Hoolaulea 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 children’s education.

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: