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Welcome to the Aloha MAP - Meritorious Achievement Program.  The Aloha MAP – Meritorious Achievement Program is fiscally sponsored by Friends of the Future, a Hawaii 501(c)3 non-profit corporation located in Waimea, Hawaii. 

Aloha MAP is funded by the US Department of Education Native Hawaiian Education Program to implement the Aloha MAP project, serving Kealakehe Complex Schools, and project OLA – Opportunities for Learning and Achievement, serving Konawaena and Ka'u Complex Schools.

Aloha MAP offers children and youth culturally-relevant academic and cultural learning opportunities designed to reduce summer learning loss, improve student proficiency in English Language Arts and Math and increase student knowledge in Hawaiian language and culture.

The Aloha MAP staff are excited to provide high-impact, motivational, energizing and stimulating learning experiences for all participants.  We appreciate the continued support of our Hawai'i Island communities and look forward to serving participating children, youth and families.

A Day in the Aloha MAP summer program

Aloha MAP staff begin each day with a staff meeting to discuss successes and challenges, plan upcoming activities/events and prepare each other to serve with a positive mindset and hearts filled with Aloha.

As students enter the Aloha MAP site, they are greeted, checked-in by an Aloha MAP staff, assisted to their assigned educator and enjoy breakfast with classmates and educators that make up their “Learning Ohana” or class.  Each educator is assigned a learning ohana of no more than 20 students of the same grade level. 

Following breakfast all students and staff collaboratively tidy the breakfast area and gather for “Aloha Circle”, a time of celebration, motivation, reflection, recognition, sharing and preparation for beginning the day in a positive mindset with Aloha as the guiding Hawaiian value of thoughts, emotions, words and actions.

After Aloha Circle, students transition to their classrooms and engage with their learning ohana in Reading, STEM, Hawaiian Language & Culture, Physical Education, Service Learning, Learning Excursion or College & Career Readiness activities.  Educators use a variety of teaching strategies to ensure that students with diverse experiences, talents, or levels of confidence are actively engaged in learning.  Some strategies include but are not limited to: sensory learning, cooperative learning, role playing, artistic expression, group discussions, read aloud, paired reading, creative writing, visual arts, music or performing arts.

At lunch time, students join Aloha MAP staff to enjoy an “ohana-style” meal setting together.  After lunch, students and staff collaboratively tidy the lunch area and transition to engage in planned afternoon activities.

Afternoon activities consist of the continuation of unfinished morning activities, group (all staff & students) Hawaiian Language and Culture sessions and rehearsal for Aloha MAP Ho‘ike.  All staff and students close each day together with Aloha Circle.  Once the day has ended, Aloha MAP staff assist with check-out procedures.

Aloha MAP Ho‘ike, is the Aloha MAP program finale, designed to showcase for students, parents and the community as a whole, what students and staff learned throughout their Aloha MAP experience.All components of the Aloha MAP program are incorporated into an exciting culturally enriched performance articulated through chant, dance, drama and music.

2019 Aloha MAP Summer Program Application

A primary caretaker/ legal guardian is required to complete and submit one online application per child/youth interested in consideration for acceptance into the Aloha MAP summer program.

All correspondence regarding this application will be directed via e-mail to the primary caretaker/legal guardian listed in the application.  Please ensure that a valid e-mail and phone  number for the primary caretaker/legal guardian are provided.  Aloha MAP will not be responsible for communication errors due to invalid e-mail or phone numbers provided in this application.

The primary caretaker/legal guardian will receive an acceptance letter and further admission instructions, by email, for the child/youth that is accepted to participate in the Aloha MAP summer program. 

Acceptance letters will be distributed until program capacity has been met.

Aloha MAP will enroll up to 250 students per site.

Once program capacity is met, all other applications will be placed on a wait list.

Special Note:  Submission of this application does not guarantee acceptance into the Aloha MAP summer program.

Program Information:

Locations:  Aloha MAP will operate one summer program at the following two locations

  1. Kealakehe High School

  2. Konawaena Middle School and Konawaena High School

Dates:  M-F, June 10, 2019 - July 5, 2019

Holidays:  June 11, 2019 (Kamehameha Day) and July 4, 2019 (Independence Day)

Hours of Operation: 7:30am - 3:30pm

Application Fee:  $0

Eligibility:  Children/Youth over 4 years and 8 months and up to 17 years of age, enrolled in Ka‘u, Kealakehe or Konawaena complex schools.

Ka‘u Complex Schools

  • Ka‘u High & Pahala Elementary School

  • Ka‘u Learning Academy PCS

  • Na‘alehu Elementary School

  • Volcano School Art/Sci PCS

Kealakehe Complex Schools

  • Holualoa Elementary

  • Kealakehe Elementary

  • Kealakehe Intermediate

  • Kealakehe High

  • Waikoloa Elementary & Middle

  • Innovations PCS

  • Kanu o ka Aina NCPCS

  • West Hawaii Explorations PCS

Konawaena Complex Schools

  • Honaunau Elementary

  • Hookena Elementary

  • Kahakai Elementary

  • Ke Kula o Ehunuikaimalino

  • Konawaena Elementary

  • Konawaena Middle

  • Konawaena High

  • Kona Pacific PCS

Meals & Snacks

The primary caretaker/legal guardian may indicate and authorize in the Aloha MAP summer program application for their child/youth to participate in the National School Lunch Program Seamless Summer Option (NSLPSSO).  Contingent upon NSLPSSO application approvals, USDA approved nutritious breakfast and lunch meals may be provided at Kealakehe High School and Konawaena High School cafeteria for children 18 years and younger.

The primary caretaker/legal guardian is responsible for providing a morning and afternoon snack and bottle of water daily for their child/youth who will participate in NSLPSSO.

For the child/youth not participating in NSLPSSO, their primary caretaker/legal guardian is responsible for providing a breakfast, lunch, morning and afternoon snack and bottle of water daily.

The nutritional value and perishability of foods should always be considered.


Transportation to and from the Aloha MAP summer program will not be provided.  Transportation arrangements are the responsibility of the primary caretaker/legal guardian.


The Aloha MAP Summer Academy has been proposed and is currently in process of becoming licensed under Hawaii Administrative Rules Title 17 Department of Human Services Subtitle 6 Benefit, Employment and Support Services Division Chapter 896 Licensing of Before and After School Child Care Facilities.