T. Mahealani Maiku`i, Co-Director
45-3396 Mamane Street
P.O. Box 381
Honokaa, HI 96727
Phone: (808) 775-0976
The Hamakua Youth Foundation, a community grassroots organization, is dedicated to creating nurturing, stimulating and enjoyable youth-centered programs for children of the Hamakua District. With Hawaiian traditions and values as the host culture, the Hamakua Youth Center engages in local leadership training, environmental stewardship, music, visual arts, recreational activities, and exploration of the many cultures represented in our area. By engaging youth, volunteers and staff in the ongoing design and leadership of the Center’s programs, creating strong partnerships with other community organizations, and serving as a much-needed support system for local families, HYF invests in empowering our youth to achieve their greatest potential in building a sustainable future for themselves and the Hamakua community.
Provide a safe, nurturing, intellectually and physically stimulating environment for youth primarily aged 11-18 to reduce risky behavior and increase positive choices. Parental involvement in Hamakua Youth Foundation activities will reinforce the positive outcomes youth experience.
My first time with canoe’s was in Kona. I was taught how to steer and paddle the boat. I had a lot of fun with everybody there. I like how polite they were. I came to know the youth center is safe and it’s not boring! My shyness is going away. I’m more out there with people. That’s a big difference.” – Jadelyn Alvarez 13 yrs. old