Pacific Voices at Kōkua Kalihi Valley
Pacific Voices is open to all Pacific Islanders, especially those living in the Kalihi area. Pacific Voices started as an afterschool program at Kuhio Park Towers because KKV wanted to create a safe space for children to go to and learn their tradition and cultures. The program helps root youth, many of whom are first generation migrants from Micronesia, in an identity that is often fractured because of such a dramatic relocation.
More broadly, the program provides a safe space for children to be nurtured and educated in a culturally-appropriate manner that places tremendous value on their personal history and circumstance. Pacific Voices provides after-school tutoring, cultural education (eg. chants, dance, stories, etc.), traditional arts and crafts, bilingual/translational education in their origin language, and community navigation.