Funded by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, Na Pua No`eau is a program for gifted and talented Native Hawaiian children. Students in grades K through 12 participate in special enrichment activities on the university campus. Through these activities, students enhance talent, boost self-esteem, and embrace Hawaiian culture and its values.
Last last year, Maile mentored Wai`anae High School student Dayzina Lawson through the Na Pua No`eau program. Maile was very impressed by Dayzina, who was interested in politics and law, and plans to attend UH-Hilo upon her graduation. Dayzina accompanied Maile to a Neighborhood Board Meeting, Veteran's Day Ceremony, Women of Wai`anae Keiki Tea, and thrift store to benefit the homeless. Dayzina also volunteered several hours at the legal aid office where Maile works. The mentorship ended with a dinner and presentations by Dayzina and other Na Pua No`eau students at UH-Hilo. Dayzina is the grandaughter of Elroy and Emily Choy Foo. Wai`anae's harbormaster, William Aila, Jr., also served as a mentor to two students.
For more information on the Na Pua No'eau program contact:
Coordinator: Kinohi Gomes
Queen Lili`uokalani Center for Student Services 214G
Phone: (808) 956-9410
Home page: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~npn/npnhome.htm