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Our Mission:

The Hamakua Youth Foundation, Inc. (HYF) is a grassroots community organization dedicated to creating nurturing, stimulating and enjoyable youth-centered, after-school, occasional 


weekend, and summer programs for youth of the Hamakua District. Guided by Hawaiian traditions and values, the Hamakua Youth Center engages local youth in leadership training, environmental stewardship, music, visual arts, recreational activities, and exploration of the many cultures represented in our area. By engaging young people–as well as volunteers and staff–in the ongoing design and leadership of the Center’s programs, by creating strong partnerships with other community organizations, and by serving as a much-needed support system for local families, HYF invests in empowering our youth to achieve their greatest potential in building a sustainable future for themselves and the Hamakua Community.

Through the Hamakua Youth Center, the Hamakua Youth Foundation serves youth ages 5-18 with a free drop-in after school program. Participants gain life lessons through environmental stewardship, Hawaiian culture & more. Pool and ping-pong tables; along with homework help and computer access are provided daily.