Mission: Cultivating pride and leadership by living hawaiian values.
Programs: The hui malama o ke kai foundation (hmkf) is a waimanalo, hawaii community-based nonprofit corporation, chartered on july 14, 2002 to cultivate pride and leadership, in waimanalo's youth and families, by living hawaiian values. Hmkf's vision is to create a waimanalo that is "a model for the world", and the organization's core values are aloha, pono and paahana. The hui m? Lama o ke kai (hmk) keiki youth development program is a critical after-school program serving approximately 50 5th and 6th graders in waimanalo. The uniqueness of the program stems from its foundation in native hawaiian culture and values, a focus on our relationship with the ocean and a deep connection to the community itself. The hmk opio leadership program serves approximately 30 7th-12th grade students, most of whom are dedicated keiki program alumni. The opio program runs in staggered sessions five days each week, august-june. Alakai program participants (ages 16-24) transition out of the opio program and, with the support of the alakai program coordinator, are accepted into higher education programs (heps). They serve as professional, paid interns within the hmkf organization, specifically in relation to and in support of site-based community building projects. Hmk's site-based ohana (family) programming, delivered through a culturally grounded, place-based, holistic and integrated methodology, provides powerful activity-specific and multi- week/month/year learning opportunities for families. The ohana program strengthens family ties while allowing the entire family to support youth growth/success. Serving as the programs' land-based foundation, the organization's new 11 acre site is leased for the next 46 years from the hawaii state dept. Of land & natural resources. The organization's long- term vision looks at ways each phase of the organization's sustainability and site development plans can be implemented with attention to enabling enhanced, extended and self-sustaining programming.