Education-1st Hawaii is a non-profit Native Hawaiian Organization committed to helping Hawaii’s youth better prepare themselves for college and career success. We prepare students to incorporate effective study skills in their academics and offer academic counseling to students and their families. We also assist our students with the steps necessary to fulfill their desire to attend college and to graduate with a degree.
Since 2003, we have served over 6000 students through the following programs:
• Kahua ‘Ike Scholars after school mentoring program
• AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) Study Skills program, offered as part of the school curriculum at Kahuku High/Intermediate School
• Game Plan Academy and Football Academy
• Project Kahua ‘Ike Fitness For Life Physical Education Programs
• Monthly Workshops and Chalk Talk Series
• GPA, Play it Smart T.V. Series on Warner OC 16
• Game Plan Academy for Rugby (2011)
Through these programs, students learn the keys to success, gain self-confidence, and are motivated to adopt a “can do” attitude in their lives.
Education-1st is a not-for-profit dedicated to motivating youth and their families to go to college, giving them the confidence to graduate with a college degree, and encouraging them to contribute back to their communities.
Education-1st targets 6th to 12th grade students who are in the “academic middle”. The academic middle is defined as students who possess a 2.0 to 3.0 grade point average.
Education-1st goals are to:
1. Increase student academic grade point average and college entrance exam test scores.
2. Increase the rate of post-secondary enrollment and career choices.
3. Increase student confidence using cultural identity and values.
4. Increase physical fitness to encourage balance for academic success.
Education-1st is committed to foster a climate supportive of success through the following services:
1. Provide Native or Part Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander students with role models as part of a mentoring program.
2. Create a culturally sensitive study skills curriculum infused with western study skills principles.
3. Give academic advisement and tutoring to assist in college and career opportunities.
4. Provide exposure to cultural activities and college preparation programs.
5. Provide physical fitness activities designed to encourage and motivate interest for college knowledge.
Asai Gilman, Executive Director/Coach
Kawika Kane, Director of Operations/Coach
Alvin Mariteragi, Director of Programs/Coach
Joe Macatiag, Assistant Director of Programs/Coach
Asai Gilman, Board of Director
Keawe Gilman, VP/Board of Director/Grant Writer and Research Specialist
Chris Lee, VP/Board of Director/Finances
Mike Iosua, Former College Athlete and Director of Programs for Ed-1st, Attorney
Norman Kaluhiaokalani, Retired Professor and Coach
John Aeto, CEO and President of Mana
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS
Russell Kaupu, Former Board Member
Micah Kane, Former Board Member
Lisa Delong, Former Complex Superintendent