Hoʻōla Music and Cultural Arts

Hoʻōla Music and Cultural Arts

Ho’ōla Music and Cultural Arts mission is to mentor youth using using the Hawaiian Values of our ancestors through teaching them Hawaiian Music, Culture and the Arts. We stand on the value of aloha: to love, to have compassion, kindness, mercy and Grace and we teach our youth that if

Hoʻōla Music and Cultural Arts

Ho’ōla Music and Cultural Arts mission is to mentor youth using using the Hawaiian Values of our ancestors through teaching them Hawaiian Music, Culture and the Arts. We stand on the value of aloha: to love, to have compassion, kindness, mercy and Grace and we teach our youth that if we live by that value, everything we do will be a reflection of our kupuna/ancestors. We teach them the importance of knowing their connection or the land and how it grounds us. Ho’ōla has had the opportunity to reach over 300 youth in the past 3 years and have seen a difference in many of them. We work with youth who are on the path to failing school and have partnered with other organizations as a way to give them an alternative learning experience. We asked them why they continue to come and they have said, because we know you have aloha for us. From a graduation rate of 30% we have seen the increase to 80%.

About the Organization:

Ho’ōla Music and Cultural Arts mission is to mentor youth using using the Hawaiian Values of our ancestors through teaching them Hawaiian Music, Culture and the Arts. We stand on the value of aloha: to love, to have compassion, kindness, mercy and Grace and we teach our youth that if we live by that value, everything we do will be a reflection of our kupuna/ancestors. We teach them the importance of knowing their connection or the land and how it grounds us. Ho’ōla has had the opportunity to reach over 300 youth in the past 3 years and have seen a difference in many of them. We work with youth who are on the path to failing school and have partnered with other organizations as a way to give them an alternative learning experience. We asked them why they continue to come and they have said, because we know you have aloha for us. From a graduation rate of 30% we have seen the increase to 80%.

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Hawaii

organizational budget

$50,000 - $100,000

existence for

6-10 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

Hawaii

The Issue:

The issue that we see in the communities is that the youth have no connection to their kupuna/ancestors and no understanding of the values that they carried. Because there is no connection, they don’t understand the importance of their own voices and slowly we are losing them to drugs and other vices. Our goal is to mobilize music opportunities to their communities to empower them to understand the importance of their voices. Our youth‘s voices are being silenced and we will provide them an outlet to begin to explore that again.

The Solution:

Our solution is the Backyard Jams Mobile Initiative. We are building a mobile recording studio out of a 10 passenger transit van that will carry music equipment that we will take to communities with many of our underprivileged and underrepresented youth. If the youth aren’t able to have access to these programs because they aren’t close enough to them, we want to be able to bring the programs to them. We have our own curriculum that we designed and tailor to meet the needs of various communities, teaching them the music of our ancestors, how to write songs of their own, how to play ʻukulele and provide activities that reinforce each value being taught. We want to show them that they are worth every moment of our time.

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