Holomua After School Program for Youth and Teens
“Project Holomua” is a positive youth development initiative offered by KEY Project to youth in transition between elementary school, through critical middle school changes as the approach high school and beyond. The program is now in its fifth year and has successfully integrated quality mentorship, cultural learning, farm to table practices, and academic support to help youth navigate adolescence to become mature independent adults. Holomua partners with our community’s schools, farmers, leaders, practitioners, churches, and families because it indeed takes a village to raise a child.
For information or to enroll your student in the Holomua program, please contact Stacey Higa at (808) 239-5777 and complete the Project Holomua Registration Packet.
Ikaika Higa serves as the Director of the Holomua Youth After-school Program. He was raised on Maui and graduated from King Kekaulike High School. He earned his BA in Hawaiian Language and a minor in music from University of Hawaii in Manoa, O’ahu. Ikaika also received his Masters of Divinity from Gateway Seminary in May, 2014.He has worked with Holomua since 2012 teaching Hawaiian language and culture. Ikaika’s education and training help him to incorporate culturally relevant traditions like music, imu, ku’i, and kalo cultivation and as the backbone of the program.
Stacey Higa serves as the Educational Director for the Holomua program and has been with the youth program since 2015. She graduated with her BA in Elementary Education from Purdue University in Indiana. Stacey taught fourth grade for two years in Fort Meyers, FL at Six Mile Charter Academy. Stacey then taught ESL (English as a Second Language) in India for two years. She graduated with her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Gateway Seminary in May, 2013.
Martin Kaʻiʻini Aranaydo serves as the Holomua Program Coordinator. He is a 2017 graduate of the Hawaiian Studies program at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and 2012 graduate of Kamehameha Schools. He also has an AA in Hawaiian Studies from Kapiolani Community College and participated in a cultural exchange with “The CeLt” where he immersed into indigenous Celtic cultures in the United Kingdom. Kaʻiʻini brings experience, discipline, and passion to his teachings of Hula, Oli, and La‘au Lapaʻau.
Keoni Lei Benson is a born and raised Kaneʻohe who graduated from James B. Castle High School and continued her post-high education at Windward Community College. She is currently a full time student at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, pursuing a degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Hawaiian Studies. Her work experiences include several years with the City & County of Honolulu Parks and Recreation, Kamaʻaina Kids, After School All-Stars and Kamehameha Schoolʻs Hoʻomākaʻikaʻi Program. Her passions for ‘ike Hawai’i, aloha ʻāina and to mālama nā ʻōpio makes working at KEY in the Holomua Project such a joy for her.
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