Participating Schools

Connections Public Charter School, Hilo, Hawaii

Connections PCS embodies the educational model of Constructivism, the belief that students learn best through hands-on application. Another belief of Connections PCS is that knowledge is acquired through various venues, not just from school. The school seeks out programs such as the Young Entrepreneur Program (YEP) to provide these kinds of learning opportunities. A substantial percentage of the student body has an entrepreneurial mindset making YEP a natural fit. The students participating in this program have demonstrated life skills, such as motivation, creativity, problem solving and perseverance.


Ewa Makai Middle School, Kapolei, Hawaii

Ewa Makai Middle School educates over 1,270 students and entrepreneurship is a component of the CTE-Career Pathways class. In this time of distance learning where in-person classes are only once every four days, communication and teamwork are critical in executing the business plans.  Students learned the production process, climbed a steep learning curve in technology, and used technology platforms to make it all happen.


Halau Ku Mana, Honolulu, Hawaii

Halau Ku Mana is a public charter school founded in 1999 and opened to students in 2001. The Maunalaha and Papakolea community had a vision of reviving cultural practices within students such as hula, gardening, Hawaiian language, sailing, fishpond restoration, Hawaiian craft-making, and learning about districts and taro cultivation in grades four through twelve. Hana Noeau is the 10th grade class in Halau Ku Mana that focuses on a sense of finding yourself, identity, place, community and sustainability for the purpose of maintaining Hawaiian crafts such as ulana lauhala (pandanus leaf weaving), kuku kapa (pounding kapa) and more. The class learned through the YEP Program how to work as a team and had the real experience of being young entrepreneurs.


Kau High & Pahala Elementary School, Kau, Hawaii

Kau High & Pahala Elementary School is a small, rural K-12 school founded in 1881. It is located in the southern district of Kau in the town of Pahala on the island of Hawaii. Kau is the largest district in the state and encompasses 600,000 acres. The school is expanding its agriculture program into an Ag Academy with four key components: agri-tech, plant propagation, agri-business/entrepreneurship and college-level coursework. YEP is well-aligned with this year’s pilot entrepreneurship class, and Kau students were excited to present products inspired by their cultural traditions and the natural resources available in their small hometown.


Kohala High School, Big Island, Hawaii

Honomakau Farms is founded on the principles of providing hands-on student learning and empowering the future generation of Kohala's cowboy community. Within the last year, teachers, students and the Kohala town's tight-knit community partnered together to restore the school farm to its former glory. A nod to the cowboy and farming traditions of this town, students created hydroponics systems and learned by doing student-directed projects in raising and caring for quail and rabbits as a food commodity. Culinary students took the lead in packaging and preparing the products, while finance and business students practiced entrepreneurship by managing funds, marketing and sales.


Olomana School, Kailua, Hawaii

Olomana Tech Ed, part of Olomana School, is comprised of multiple campuses: Olomana Youth Center, Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility, Kapolei Detention Center and Home Maluhia. Olomana Tech Ed services the students of Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility. The program provides students with skills that help them become viable in the workforce, and projects that are engaging and profitable.


Waipahu High School, Waipahu, Hawaii

Waipahu High School's Academy of Natural Resources prepares all students to become environmentally conscious citizens to practice environmental stewardship and actively contribute to a sustainable world. The Natural Resources Production pathway is designed to provide students with the skills to cultivate plants and prepare for production-related careers. They learn about the systems and growing conditions necessary for a variety of organisms to survive and thrive. They focus on themes of geography, environment, organisms, remediation, management and malama ‘aina (caring for our land) as they learn about production in natural resource industries. Through YEP, the Production Pathway students learned how to grow plants for a purpose, placed a product on the market, and gained basic financial literacy skills.