Programs and services at CLCN benefit Westside residents

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Programs and services at CLCN benefit Westside residents

Photo: Community Learning Center at Nānākuli program coordinator Christy Sato, coordinator Linda Lew and manager Paula Ann Burgess-Tauala help keep Wai‘anae Coast residents connected.


Kamehameha Schools’ Community Learning Center at Nānākuli (CLCN) collaborates with community partners to host and offer a variety of programs, events and workshops throughout the year. Recently, the center launched a brand new partnership and restarted two valuable services to assist families on the Wai‘anae Coast.

Complimentary Early Reading Screenings for Grades K-3

Parents interested in discovering their child’s reading strengths and areas of concern can now sign up for an early reading screening session. The program is offered in collaboration with Assets School, and is open to Wai‘anae Coast families with primary aged students (kindergarten through 3rd grade). The screening session lasts around an hour and includes individualized feedback with parents.

The screening allows parents to be proactive in seeking assistance and finding resources in the areas where their child may need more support. In a very short amount of time parents will get immediate feedback and specific recommendations.

Screenings will take place, by appointment, between 1 to 4 p.m. at CLCN.  To schedule an appointment, contact Christy Sato at 534-8244 or by e-mail at

Community Learning Exchange – Mākua Series

A new Community Learning Exchange (CLE) partnership is helping Wai‘anae Coast families connect to learning opportunities that engage community, strengthen cultural and historical identity and inspire dialogue through a variety of topics and formats.

The CLE-Mākua Series is a partnership between INPEACE, Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at UH Mānoa and Kamehameha Schools’ Ka Pua Initiative.  The series hopes to build stronger families through hands-on learning of cultural practices and increase parents’ knowledge of educational opportunities beyond high-school so they can advocate for their keiki and ‘ōpio.

The series’ first program in August featured Aunty Leina‘ala Heine and her daughters, Niuli‘i and Auli‘i, who presented a discussion about mo‘okū‘auhau (genealogy). In addition to a talk story and presentation, participants learned oli and pule to help connect them to their ancestors. Twenty Wai‘anae Coast families are participating in the series, which continues through next May.

Adult Computer Classes

CLCN also re-launched its popular adult computer classes in August. The weekly classes take students through the basics of the computer and suggestions of what to look for when buying a computer to learning more intermediate programs and functions. The program aims to increase each participant’s knowledge of the computer so they can better support their children or grandchildren’s education and gain valuable job-skills.  Registration for this session is closed, but additional offerings may be made in the future.  

For a complete list of CLCN programs and services, location details and hours of operation, visit or call 808-668-1517.


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