Hana Build (Ma Ka Hana Ka ‘Ike), a Hawaiian non-profit, provides opportunities for the at-risk youth in Hana, Hawai’i, on the island of Maui, to learn academics through hands-on applications. The construction skills paired with real-life math skills gained benefit both the participants and the community.
The youth, who were not fitting into a traditional classroom, thrive in a hands-on environment where they are taught through construction. They work together to design, plan and build the cottages, educations buildings, gathering pavilions, and decorative tile work, the list is endless. One of the important things they work into their projects is art.
The youth earn high-end tools and carpentry experience, so that when they complete the program, they have tools and knowledge they need to be successful. The older students who started early with the program are now role models and teachers to the current youth in Hana Build.
Ma Ka Hana means “in doing one learns.”
FYI: You say it like, ma ka hana ka eek ee.