Hana Build (Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike) is a Hawaiian non-profit, that provides much-needed opportunities for at-risk youth in Hana, Hawai’i, on the island of Maui. The vocational training program helps participants learn academics through real-life, hands-on planning and construction applications. Students start to better understand academic subjects like math and communication through tangible projects.
But these aren’t just projects for learning’s sake – they fulfill real school and community needs, helping to foster self-sustainability, community relationships, and strong cultural connections. Students who may not excel in traditional classrooms thrive in this hands-on environment where they work together to plan and build cottages, educational buildings, and gathering pavilions using specialized skills like decorative tile work.
As youth participate in the program they earn both experience and high-end tools they can keep after completing the program. This helps give them the tools and knowledge they need to be successful in their adult lives.
Ma Ka Hana means “in doing one learns.”
FYI: You say it like, ma ka hana ka eek ee.
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