After School Programs

After School Program is Now A Full Day Program

To accommodate working families with children who are learning remotely, weʻve adjusted our program from an after-school option to an all-day option. The new 7:30AM – 6PM time frame supports the schedule of the average working parent. Parents can choose to enroll their child for the full day or ½ a day. The ½ day option provides parents the opportunity to remain home partially with their child before or after work.

To follow proper social distancing guidelines, we reduced the number of keiki we served at one time from 25 to 10 keiki. Our facility space is reconfigured with individual study spaces for virtual learning. Using our 15-passenger van, we transport students to their schools to pick up Grab and Go lunches. When lunch and virtual schooling are done, we transport students to the garden at Pu‘uokapolei to water plants, plant more plants and clear out invasives and debris. After our work at Pu‘uokapolei, we returned to our center for hands-on lessons in lauhala weaving, cordage, lei making, kāpala, kapa, and more. We serve keiki ages 5 – 14 and operate Monday – Thursday.


Love for our places

Students are taught traditional names of places that exist in their community. They learn history through stories and mele. And they dig their hands deep into the soil, healing, restoring and rejuvenation the ‘āina. It’s through these unique experiences that they gain an appreciation for the place they live and become stewards of our land before entering high school.

Nene‘e Programs

Ulu A‘e provides intersession programs during the fall, winter, spring & summer

Nene‘e is our intersession program where keiki ages 5 – 14 are given opportunities to explore their ‘āina from ma uka (mountain) to ma kai (sea). The program’s curriculum is place-based meaning that special focus is made to highlight the history and culture of the students’ community. Students
engage in moʻolelo (stories), hana noʻeau (Native Hawaiian art and practices) and kuleana (land stewardship).

At the end of each program session, students present an ʻĀina Pledge in which they commit to establishing life long habits that support the health of our planet like using refillable water bottles, eliminating single use plastic and removing invasive plants from our natural environments.

What I liked the most about kapa is pounding it. I also like stamping kapa because Hawaiians use it for clothes and art. I also like the materials we use. They are called hohoa, niho mano, iʻe kuku, and the kua laʻau, and the ʻiliʻili. That is what I like about kapa.

-Sylvie (Age 9)

It was hard to sand in the pū ‘ohe but when i blew it I had to get used to it and it was fun. I felt proud of myself.

-Ezekiel (Age 7)

The process of kapa that I enjoy the most is to strip the wauke. I donʻt know why but enjoy it so much also the opihi shells are shiny and it is calming to me.

-Emmie (Age 7)

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