The Naʻau Foundation Minimize

E kuhikuhi pono i na au iki a me na au nui o ka ʻike.
Instruct well in the little and the large currents of knowledge.
ʻŌlelo Noʻeau, Pukui

Mission: The mission of The Naʻau Foundation is to provide for children and their families, post-secondary students included, academic support that values culturally appropriate strategies, which mediate the influences of environmental factors on academic performance.

We accomplish our mission with a belief that poetry gives language to the spirit-center of our students. All programs are inspired by Hawaiian cultural practices.

Vision: The Naʻau Foundation is located in downtown Honolulu where 74% of all housing projects in the State of Hawaiʻi make up our community. Drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, welfare dependency, domestic abuse, homelessness, teen pregnancy, property crimes, and child neglect profoundly impact students. We envision hope for students who need academic assistance, a safe haven, and a way to positively negotiate the harmful influences of these environmental factors on their education.

About us: The Naʻau Foundation, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit officially incorporated in 2009, fully commits itself to assisting families who may not otherwise have the financial means or the manaʻo to prepare their children for educational success and to survive the social pressures of childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. Thus, we not only support the academic endeavors of our students, but also school-related activities so that our students feel a part of the social milieu of their campuses. We are faithful life coaches and mentors to the children whose lives become entrusted to us. Our students are ʻohana--an ʻohana of success and promise.

For more information, contact Lois-Ann Yamanaka or Melvin Spencer via email at

Naʻau LLC 1365 Nuuanu Avenue, Suite 4, Honolulu, HI 96817