Welcome to PALS (Place-based After-school Literacy Support)! Travel through our website to learn about the exciting things that children along the Wai'anae Coast of Oahu are learning and doing as they explore this beautiful place.
Who We Are
PALS provides out-of-school learning opportunities for a predominantly Native Hawaiian population of children and youth on the Wai'anae coast of Oahu, Hawai'i. PALS is funded through the Department of Education, Native Hawaiian Education Program and administered through the Office of Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity (SEED) at the University of Hawai'i, Manoa. The program began in 2007 and is currently in its third cycle of funding. During this time it has gone from serving 100 students annually to as many as 500 students annually.
What We Do
PALS uses a place-based cultural project (PBCP) curricular framework that embraces the multiple cultural locations in which children live and grow and utilizes community and place as the springboard for learning. Based on several bodies of educational research, PBCPs engage real-life ways of knowing and doing and provide integrated opportunities for literacy teaching and learning across the curriculum.
Students in PALS engage with teachers and other community members in projects that have relevance to their own lives and that produce a number of important outcomes, including nurturing children's identities as learners, community activists, and as stewards of the environment.
Who We Work With
PALS partners with multiple cultural and educational organizations including, among others, Ka'ala and Hoa 'Aina O Makaha farms, Mohala I Ka Wai, and local Native Hawaiian Artists.