Kalanihale was established in this rural fishing village of Miloliʻi, South Kona in response to our community needs. The ʻōpio of Miloliʻi deserve access to quality educational programs and opportunities by which could also stimulate growth in their self confidence and overall health & well-being. Their struggle for self and cultural identity placed them at risk. For the community of Miloliʻi Village, it was a risk of losing a generation to the wayside.
Kalanihale response was to create youth programs and community projects, and has been doing so for more than 30 years, well before formally establishing itself in 2012. Since then, Kalanihale has navigated ʻōpio into new experiences outside of the Village with cultural exchange and sports activity programs. Kalanihale has also coordinated to much needed health and wellness services into the Village and is collaboratively working to protect and mālama the marine resources in our waters.
Na ke kaiāulu ka hānai keiki
Kalanihale continues to serve the needs of our community and our people. We have regular diverse and enriched programs and services, and has demonstrated the ability to pivot and create new programs if necessary to quickly respond to the immediate needs and circumstances of our community. We do all this while keeping our ʻōpio at the forefront to being our primary beneficiaries of our hana. We strive to hānai our next generation leaders for the challenges of tomorrow, just as we have been by our kūpuna.
Our mission is to improve the educational, environmental, and cultural well-being of our community.
Our vision is for Miloliʻi and Kapalilua to be a thriving Hawaiian fishing community, a healthy environment of abundant marine resources, and our families have a strong sense of place and identity, pride in their Hawaiian culture, and a healthy quality of life socially, economically, and culturally.
Our work is a reflection of who we are and what we represent – a hard-working resilient and thriving community! We commit to that vision, our people, and our ʻāina.