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.
Ikaika Higa serves as the program director for the Holomua 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 received his Masters of Divinity from Gateway Seminary in May, 2014. Ikaika has worked with Holomua since 2012 teaching language and Hawaiian culture. Ikaika’s education and training help him to incorporate ‘Olelo No’eau and Hawaiian culture into the internal makeup of the program.
Stacey Higa has served as the educational director for the Holomua 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.
Jolynn Walther is from Puna on the Big Island of Hawaiʻi. She currently serves as a program facilitator for Project Holomua. She received her undergraduate degree in Psychology as well as her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is a social work consultant at Pālolo Elementary School. Jolynn’s professional background is in business management, academic coaching, and childcare which contribute to both her knowledge and interest in the development of programs that promote positive youth development.
Martin Kaʻiʻini Aranaydo is a current Hawaiian Studies Major at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He graduated from Kamehameha High School in 2012. He received his AA in Hawaiian Studies from Kapiolani Community College. He participated in a cultural exchange with “The CeLt” which prepared him to learn about indigenous Celtic cultures in the United Kingdom. Kaʻiʻini brings experience, discipline, and passion in teaching Hula, Oli, and La‘au Lapaʻau.
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