Native Hawaiian Career & Technical Educational Pathways (CTE)
Through a partnership with Blueprint for Change, offers vocational classes with a foundation in Native Hawaiian values to those formerly or currently justice-involved and/or their family members (`ohana) to increase employment opportunities.
Pathway to Employment & Careers
The Native Hawaiian Career and Technical Educational Pathways (CTE) program grows out of the Going Home Consortium's Education Pathway Committee, which supports and expands the role of educational programming available to justice-involved individuals. A low level of educational attainment, coupled with a lack of vocational skills, contributes to significant challenges for those returning to their communities and impedes their ability to find gainful employment. CTE responds to the over-representation of Native Hawaiians in the criminal justice system by helping reunify justice-involved individuals with their `ohana (family members) and other community members as e ho`okanaka (persons of worth).
PU`UHONUA WELLNESS & CTE PATHWAY NETWORK (PWCPN)
PU`UHONUA WELLNESS & CTE PATHWAY NETWORK (PWCPN)
~ Year 1 ~
A partnership between Blueprint for Change (BFC), Going Home Hawai`i (GHH), and Hawai`i Community College, with course revisions by EDvance, the Pu`uhonua Wellness & CTE Pathway Network began by offering 69 formerly incarcerated native Hawaiian individuals and their at-risk family members from across Hawai`i Island and a few participating from Maui Island.
Certificate Course Bundle: Practical Farm & Ranch Skills - Three (3) 45-hour courses
~ Year 2 ~
The uncertainties and disruptions brought by COVID-19 resulted in Hawai`i Community College having to withdraw its participation in the project and delayed its start. GHH used the time to integrate Zoom online video conferencing into its Polycom system, enabling broader remote access from a variety of devices and locations. The current cohort consists of Kanaka O Puna in Pahoa, Youth Challenge Academy in Hilo, the Pepe'ekeo Youth Committee in Pepe'ekeo, and participants from GHH programs in Kona and Hilo.
Course Bundle: Sustainable Agriculture - Three (3) 45-hour courses
The Sustainable Agriculture course bundle is taught by Kaipo Dye, a lecturer at Hawai`i Community College and the Farm Manager and Agricultural Science Instructor at Kulani Correctional Facility. Mr. Dye is also co-chair of the Going Home Consortium's Education Pathway Committee. Aunty Nani Naope, a kumu (teacher) at the Department of Education's Hawaiian Studies program, provides connections to Native Hawaiian cultural values at each of the twice-weekly sessions.
GHH Participants Ian and Eli work with CTE Progam Coordinator Paul Takehiro to build a greenhouse at the West Hawai`i Housing in Kona. Both Ian and Eli successfully completed the GHH program and were hired by HPM in Hilo.
A completed greenhouse at the East Hawai`i Housing in Hilo. CTE Program Coordinator Paul and participants are constructing greenhouses at each of CTE's physical sites.
Special Programs in Hawaiian Cultural Values
Kumu Malani DeAguiar
Nā Lamakū O Ke Ala Pono
Justice-involved women participants of the Going Home Hawai`i Reentry Housing and Bridge House in West Hawai`i have the opportunity to become Nā Lamakū O Ke Ala Pono ("The Torches of the Righteous Path") through the concept and practices of pu`uhonua ("place of peace and safety"). Led by Kumu Malani DeAguiar, the program has a special focus on Hawaiian language, culture, music and activities as participants embark on a journey to becoming torches of righteousness for each other, their families, and their communities. The ten bi-weekly courses are conducted via Zoom or in-person from November 2020 until March 2021.
He Make`e Wa`a
Six justice-involved men from the Going Home Hawai`i Reentry Housing in Kona participated in a 10-hour cultural class, He Make`e Wa`a ("to have great affection for the Hawaiian Canoe"), from November - December 2020. Led by Instructor Dale Fergerstrom of He Make`e Wa`a, participants learned not only the unique physical characteristics of the traditional Hawaiian Canoe, but also the core Hawaiian cultural values and worldview that are central to its design and operation. Participants created connections between these values and where each one is in life today.
Howard Kahale Pe`a
Since 2019, "Uncle Howard" Kahale Pe`a, has been conducting ho`oponopono classes with residents of Going Home Hawai`i's Pu`uhonua Wellness Centers in Hilo. The sessions incorporate highly recognized Native Hawaiian cultural practices to restore the overall well-being of individuals, families, and the community at large. In Keola Magazine, Uncle Howard explained that, more than conflict resolution, ho`oponopono is about “knowing who you are as a ‘child of Akua’ so that you realize your self-worth. Knowing your identity restores your self-esteem, which allows your self-confidence to grow.” In November - December 2020, Uncle Howard led a series of ten ho`oponopono classes with the justice-involved men at the Emergency Reentry & Recovery Housing at the Hilo Hotel in November - December 2020.
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