workforce & professional development
“Hā is our breath, n(oa) is to release and a(kahai) is with grace.
Hana symbolizes the act of releasing our breath–or spirit–with grace.
In our hana, our work leaves something better than it was found.
O is forever or everlasting; coupled with hana, ʻohana is the concept of hana in perpetuity. In our ʻohana, our hana is for each other and our future generations.”
- Pono Shim
Strengthen educational and skills development opportunities
for Hawaiʻi Island’s residents to pursue “hana.”
Inventory State and County workforce development efforts
Assess their impact and identify opportunities for further initiatives
Convene, connect, and promote successful efforts while seeking alignment with our vision
How do we reconcile the wisdom of aloha
with the demands of today’s workforce?
Focus on purposeful relationships that lead to meaningful legacies rather than a series of transactions.
Nurture our connection to ʻāina and community, so that our life’s work brings health, well being and prosperity.