Providing critical job readiness, Papakolea Fire Academy is a program that allows young men and woman looking for a future career as one of Hawaii's finest and be the lucky few to be offered a position in the Honolulu Fire Department.
The academy offers everything needed to prepare for the daunting task such as agility, basic health screenings, fire department test readiness, and many more tools to aid them in their pursuit.
Under the Kukalahale Learning Project, Lamaku Afterschool Program is meant for Papakolea students grades K-12 and helps with homework assistance, snacks, fun, and games!! Students grades 6 - 12 are eligible to join the Junior Leader Program and receive a monthly stipend for participation, good grades and behavior. For more information, call Kaapuni or Iolani at 808-520-8991.
MONDAY - THURSDAY
2:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Kokua Na'auao is the name of the service-learning curriculum used to train college students entering Papakolea, Kewalo, and Kalawahine. Service learning combines teaching with community service, allowing students an opportunity to obtain experiential knowledge. Nursing and social work students come from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Chaminade University, and Hawaii Pacific University.
The Kukalahale Learning Project (KLP) is working to establish a community-centered model for Papakolea to 1) enhance student (and parent) school involvement and success; and 2) organize, coordinate, and integrate both school and non-school supports to raise learner performance and success to optimal levels. A variety of activities are being implemented under four broad categories - academic skills/knowledge, employment and sustainability, Native Hawaiian culture, and overall coordination.
Participants served by KLP are those who would benefit from supports and Native Hawaiian students (and their families) among the 2,752 students enrolled at the community's four area schools: Lincoln and Pauoa Elementary (Pre-K to Grade 5), Stevenson Middle (Grades 6-8), and Roosevelt High (Grades 9-12) Schools. These four schools educate most of the nearly 2,000 residents who live in the Papakolea, Kewalo, and Kalawahine, collectively known as Papakolea.
This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program, Hawaiian Community Foundation, and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.