"If you plan for a year, plant kalo. If you plan for 10 years, plant koa. But, if you plan for a 100 years, teach the children."

Puanani Burgess, poet and educator

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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 envision a learning center that serves as a model for change through out Hawaii and the world.  

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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 change 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 within the market. A rudimentary skillset forces our local labor force into the lowest pool of employment.

OUR MOST VULNERABLE PEOPLE IN DESPERATE NEED OF AN ADVOCATE

We see every challenge as an opportunity, and there is a BIG opportunity for change ahead. Sowing into our communities and a vision this big requires many hands. Everyone has something to give, whether it is time, expertise, or financially. Be an activist for change and take part in this innovative approach to empowering our community. 

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

William James

Mission

The Makaha Learning Center’s Mission is to promote healing and opportunities for Native Hawaiians and its surrounding community through leadership, trades-training and outreach programs.

Vision

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 envision a learning center that serves as a model for change through out Hawaii and the world.  

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WE SHOULD BE MUCH MORE ADVANCED MENTALLY, MUCH MORE EVOLVED SPIRITUALLY AND MUCH MORE PROSPEROUS. TO BE PROSPEROUS IS GOD’S LAW!

-Nana Veary, author of, Change We Must.