One of the goals of Ho'omana is to help students and adults come to an understanding and awareness of how they are seeing themselves through other people's eyes. It is nearly impossible to discern what others actually think of you. The major problem with letting others define you is that it limits your ability to be who you really are. It may not be easy to have the confidence needed to see yourself from your own perspective instead of how others view you, but Ho'omana is here to help. Building confidence, that's the magic that Ho'omana brings to peoples lives.
Each of us needs and deserves an opportunity to grow.
Ask yourself, "What is it I want to be or do? How do I get there and who can help me? Am I willing to put in the time and effort to get where I want to be and to become whom I want to be?" If you cannot answer these questions the first time you ask them don't give up find that person or persons, organization or group, who can help you.
You may not realize the many resources available to help you grow. Ho'omana is an organization with proven programs and experiences that have been effective and life changing.
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Ho'omana assists the emotionally, mentally, physically challenged and those with disabilities with every
opportunity to reach their maximum potential.
Ho'omana is derived from the Hawaiian word:
~ Ho'o-Causive prefix (one that produces a result.
~ Mana-Authority, power, might.
"TOGETHER HO'OMANA MEANS TO PLACE IN AUTHORITY OR EMPOWER!
STORE HOURS: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm Monday through Friday
4531 Kuamoo Road, Kapa'a, HI 96746 1-808-821-2818
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Ho'omana teaches a Financial Literacy curriculum designed to teach students how to manage their money and make informed financial decisions.
Adapted from the Kahua Waiwai curriculum created by Hawai'i Community Assests,this program uses group activities to teach basic money management skills.
Students become familiar with banking procedures, including check writing, deposits. withdrawals, establish a monthly budget for living expenses and work towards attaining a savings/checking account.
They become proficient in differentiating between needs versus wants when making purchasing decisions.
Students who complete their training and meet benchmarks earn "Makana Money." A predetermined amount of store credit is paid for every hour volunteered.
Students may use their Mahaka Money to purchase merchandise and other rewards from the Thrift Shop.
The use of the Makana Money system provides a reward system for students and enables them to put into practice their budgeting and savings skills and recognize when to make purchases (sale items verses non-sale items).
The result is that the students increase their financial knowledge, gain positive attitudes, self-motivation and the ability to become independent.
In 2002 Ho'omana's original visionaries were two women of children with special needs.
Frustrated by the bureaucracy encountered with various organization's and state agencies, and the real need for specialized learning programs for high school students, they felt the need to establish a program that would provide basic developmental and employment skills to youth/adults in need of employable job skills.
Offered a rent-free location, Ho'omana was incorporated in October 2003 and opened
a thrift store to use as a "training site" for individuals with special needs to learn basic life and job skills.
Students begin with easy tasks around the thrift store and work up to more important and difficult tasks as they progress in their development and interest.
Developing positive attitudes, self-motivation and the ability to work with little or no supervision, the students are then introduced to actual job opportunities in the community.
On the job coaching by Ho'omana staff continues to help both the student and the employer to ensure as smooth a transition to the work force as possible.