hōʻama: to begin to ripen. Fig., adolescents beginning to mature.
The term “hōʻama” means “to begin to mature or ripen,” like adolescents reaching maturity. Drawing upon this term, our HoAMa After School Mentorship Program seeks to nurture the growth of young people in our Hāmākua community (ages 5-17), as they mature and ripen, by guiding their education and helping to cultivate abundance in their lives and in the lives of their ʻohana & community.
With our HoAMa After School Mentorship Program, we seek to create a safe after school learning environment for our keiki to cultivate strong relationships and support networks with peers, mentors, and ʻohana, to support their success in school, at home, and in our communities. We believe that healthy keiki grow and ripen when they are rooted in strong, healthy ʻohana, communities, and ʻāina (land). As such, our HoAMa After School Mentorship Program will engage our keiki and their ʻohana in hands-on learning through Hawaiian culture- and ʻāina-based education, including gardening, arts and crafts, storytelling through mele (song) and hula, lessons with local kūpuna (elders), excursions, and much more.
The HoAMa After School Mentorship Program runs on school days from 2:30pm-5:00pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and 1:30pm-5:00pm on Wednesdays. The Program does not run on Holidays or other days that DOE schools are not in session. The primary site for the After School Program is at the Paʻauilo Hongwanji. After school, participants at Paʻauilo School are met by a HoAMa Staff member at the front of the school, and walked (or driven in huiMAU van) to the Paʻauilo Hongwanji. Participants coming from other schools must be dropped off and/or have another authorized means of transportation to the Program site by 2:45pm. Pick-Up / Release from the program each day will be at 5:00pm, in accordance with the instructions indicated on Participant’s Registration Form (see Registration Info below).
Application for the 2022-2023 After School Program BELOW
|HoAMa After School Program Registration Form 2022-2023.pdf
Video feat. HoAMa After School Program, by Kamehameha Schools Community Engagement. May 2018.