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Family and Community Violence Prevention Program 2003-2006
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The Ka Pouhana Family Life Center, a full day, off-campus alternative learning center, provides alternative educational opportunities for 25-30 students typically referred to the program when there is a concern about academic progress and all other on-campus interventions have failed.

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University of Hawaii - Hilo
200 West Kawili Street
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Phone: (808) 933-0813
Fax: (808) 933-0838
Title: Ka Pouhana Family Life Center
Project Period: 08/01/03 - 07/31/06
FLC Director: Keahi Galinato
Target Group: Hilo High School Students


The Ka Pouhana Family Life Center, a full day, off-campus alternative learning center, provides alternative educational opportunities for 25-30 students typically referred to the program when there is a concern about academic progress and all other on-campus interventions have failed. The curriculum is student-centered and capitalizes on their interests, needs, and learning styles. The academic program includes language arts, math, science (river, earth, and marine science), science and technology, a mandatory study hall (emphasizes self discipline and study skills), and individual tutoring/counseling. Academic activities offer hands-on projects including Electron Care Marathon (math) and field work at various stream sites. The cultural development curriculum includes cultural protocol (chanting, genealogy, cultural values and beliefs, and ceremonial practices), cultural practices, Hawaiian language through immersion, and other cultural arts and practices. Personal development activities focus on wellness education, substance abuse prevention/intervention, alternatives to violence, and social skills training. Students earn course credit for participation in the program, with additional credits toward graduation available through after-school, evening, and weekend courses, and the summer program. The after school recreation program provides recreational activities including jet skiing, golfing, scuba diving, tennis, and University of Hawaii events (athletics, plays, and other performances). Special interest workshops are offered for participants and their families to encourage interaction and emotional cohesion. A six-week summer internship/enrichment program is conducted in partnership with Alu Like, a local native Hawaiian youth-serving organization. The curriculum changes each summer to expose students to different career pathways. A GED preparation course is provided for up to 12 additional students who are ineligible to earn a high school diploma. University students assist the program with mentoring, class presentations, study hall work, and field work supervision.



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