Hawaiian youth learn about culture and subsistence.
The Na Pua No`eau program was founded in 1989 at the University of Hawaii Hilo. It was originally intended as an enrichment program focused on raising the standards for educational achievement in the native Hawaiian students. Their philosophy is that the core of education should begin with the talents that the students already posses, rather than any “deficiencies.”
The program strives to maintain its roots in “Hawaiian culture, values and knowledge.” The program also strives to work with the ohana of the students as they guide them through life and into adulthood. Na Pua No`eau is funded by the Dept. of Education under the Native Hawaiian Education Act and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.