A NEW SEASON

The Makaha Cultural Learning Center, a native 501(c)3, was started in Makaha Valley almost a decade ago. Today, our primary mission is to create opportunities for Native Hawaiians and the people of the Waianae Coast through leadership, trades-training and outreach programs.

Our vision is for more than a classroom and innovation space. We are working toward a world-class community Learning Center that is home to relevant and applicable courses designed to propel students on a path of success. We believe that love for self and community will be the natural manifestation that ensues. Our vision is for a learning center that serves as a model for change throughout Hawaii and the world.  

At the Makaha Learning Center, we have three core passions: Native Hawaiians, The Waianae Coast Community, and perpetuating the Trades.

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#1 CULTURE OF POVERTY

The highly visible evidence of poverty is not the root problem, but the heartbreaking symptom of a culture of poverty. If we are to effect change, we need to transform the mind AND provide paths to success.

SOLVING FOR TWO

#2 SHORTAGE OF SKILLED WORKERS

The biggest challenge facing employers is a lack of skilled employees. Local businesses have been forced to seek skilled labor in the mainland to meet business needs. Local talent has not been cultivated for application in the trades. Rudimentary skillset forces our local labor force into the lowest pool of employment.

IF NOT US

THEN WHO

A word from our President-

We are a small team with a GOD-SIZED vision for our Community. Our families and business, have been abundantly blessed and we are honored to give. Nestled in the Makaha Gateway Center, we are reminded daily of the heartbreaking challenges that face our community. 

 

The Makaha Learning Center is resolved to serve through whatever means we can to break the culture of poverty. We have worked very hard to provide impactful programs that address foundation alongside capacity. We are proud to say that Makaha Learning Center has earned the opportunity to offer the best industry curriculum and certifications. 

It is our privilege to serve alongside MLC's partners and supporters who have made all the difference. The Hana that has been contributed is transforming lives and creating generational blessings. With your help, the ripples we set in motion will fuel a movement that will inundate our community with opportunities and possibilities. 

Mahalo Kakou and Mahalo Ke Akua,

Danielle Irwin, 

President

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