HAPA is excited to announce that applications for the upcoming 2017 Kuleana Academy are now being accepted!

There has been high demand from the community after the successful Kuleana Academy in 2016.

This four-month leadership development program is designed to educate and train emerging progressive leaders who have a desire to serve in public office, become community organizers, or serve on one of Hawai`i's many boards and commissions. The program will give the participants a well-rounded introduction to critical issues facing Hawai‘i, leadership development training, and base knowledge of the ins-and-outs of campaigning. The Academy is modeled after similar national programs sponsored by other 501c3 organizations.

The Academy will run from January to April 2017, in three parts:

1) Leadership and Campaign Skills Training: weekend trainings in leadership, personal development, public speaking, and media training, as well as critical community organizing skills, the basics of the legislative process and campaigning skills.

2) Progressive Values and Statewide Issues Workshops: workshops focused on issues that affect county, state and federal government. Topics may include: Hawaiian cultural values; environment; labor, workers rights and economic justice; agriculture and food security; civil rights, education and equality. 

3) Community Based Hands On Experience. Participants will engage in community service projects, mentorship programs with HAPA and Education Alliance Partners while gaining real world experience in public speaking, writing, campaigning and fundraising.

We are excited to be part of supporting emerging leaders. There’s a groundswell of interest in transparent, responsive government, and we want to be part of empowering new and diverse voices in local and state civic leadership.
— Aria Juliet Castillo, Kuleana Academy Program Manager

The Academy has a minimum goal of identifying, recruiting and training 3 emerging leaders from each county: Kaua‘i, O‘ahu, Maui, Hawai‘i.    More information and the online application is available on the HAPA website.

HAPA will be accepting applications until August 31, 2016. Participants will be evaluated and selected via a process that includes a panel made of H.A.P.A. board members and Kuleana Academy Alliance Education Partners.  Applicants will be chosen by October 1, 2016.   

For questions, email Aria Juliet Castillo, Kuleana Academy Program Director at ariajuliet@hapahi.org.


The Kuleana Academy is funded via the generous grassroots support of residents through-out Hawaiʻi and trusts and foundations interested in developing new leadership in Hawaiʻi. Please add your support today!


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