Kinai ‘Eha aims to provide an alternative education option to ʻōpio that are in need of and seeking purpose, personal empowerment, education, Hawaiian cultural identity and connection, workforce training in construction and the trades, community service and leadership.
We believe in identifying and building upon the strengths of the ʻōpio, connecting them to the larger lāhui and ultimately developing their individual level of self-sufficiency.
Through Hawaiian culture-based education and trauma informed approaches we have laid a kāhua that develops the two most critical success elements of the program: Pu’uhonua & ‘Ohana.
Our C.A.S.E Management – Clarity, Awareness, Significance and Empowerment are the four pillars of Kinai ʻEha and they guide program and service delivery, individual and ʻohana intervention and action plans.
100% of all ʻōpio are Native Hawaiian, 87% Kāne, 13% Wahine, 35% are under 18 years old, 65% are 19-24 years old.
70% are from Waimānalo, Kailua, Kāneohe, Kahalu’u, with the remaining from the Waianae Coast and Hawai’i Island.
83% have dropped out of high school, yet 100% have self selected to participate in the program.
52% were houseless when they entered the program.
100% of the ʻōpio have never been tested for learning differences.
100% of the ʻōpio have used drugs and alcohol.
96% of the ʻōpio and their ʻohana are low income and receive government assistance.