Thursday, November 13, 2008

Big Brothers Big Sisters, Kamehameha Schools and the Honolulu Academy of Arts

Today, Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law co-hosted a meeting with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Honolulu, Kamehameha Schools, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts to share with law students an opportunity available to them to mentor children from Waimānalo Elementary-Intermediate School.

The program curriculum will focus on forming lasting relationships through the exploration of topics that promote justice and ethical responsibility, Hawaiian cultural activities, and community service. All activities are coupled with an art project and instruction that will enhance the experience and help to strengthen the bond between volunteers and mentees.

Here, Kristina from Big Brothers Big Sisters gives a power point presentation to law students describing what the program, involving law students and elementary-intermediate school students, will be like.

Christine and Maelani are seen here listening intently and preparing to describe Kamehameha Schools' role in the program.

Tyler, also from Big Brothers Big Sisters elaborates on the program and sharing how fun it is to work with keiki.

Vince from the Honolulu Academy of Arts shares with the law students the art projects that previous elementary-intermediate school students have done previously and also suggests what the young children might do with law students.


Law student mentors will meet with their young mentees in the spring of 2009 for a few hours each month. The program expects to provide a variety of activities that will foster a relationship between individual law students and elementary-intermediate school students.

By the end of today's meeting, a number of law students began filling-out applications to participate in the program and a few interviewed with Tyler.

Ka Huli Ao is confident that this program will inspire and encourage Waimānalo youth to consider pursuing higher education professional careers. Ka Huli Ao encourages other Richardson law school students to consider participating in this program. Interested students can send an e-mail to

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