Educational Enrichment & After-School Programs

A component of the Kauai North Shore Community Foundation mission is improving the educational experience for our community’s children with various enrichment and after-school programs.

Due to the disruptions caused by the pandemic, our after-school programs are on hiatus with the exception of the LEAP Forward program. As this year’s Foundation’s SAVOR education fundraising event has also been canceled, we are looking at alternative ways to raise the funds needed to continue our educational scholarships, programs and expenses related to the establishment of the Namahana School.

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 Leap Forward     iLearn     Code Camp     SAT Prep


Leap Forward

In 2017, the KNSCF Education Committee created and launched Leap Forward, a program to help prepare sixth-grade students for the challenges of middle school. The purpose of the program is to introduce abstract thinking and improve organizational, note-taking, and study skills.

Over the past three years, the teachers have seen a marked improvement in their participants’ abilities to keep up with their course work in their regular classes and improve their grades!  The program is fully-funded through private donations and is now a year-round course at both Kilauea and Hanalei School.  

The North Shore elementary schools administer the program following some basic guidelines and customize it according to their students’ needs. For more information contact the school administration.

Our Leap Forward program featured in The Garden Island News.


iLearn was created for 6th to 9th grade students, to provide special time and space for learning. Kauai North Shore Community Foundation partnered with the Hawaii State Public Library System to offer this FREE program and the sessions were held at the Princeville Library. Students honed their study skills, played games that teach strategic thinking and math skills, and brought questions about their studies and projects.

iLearn is funded by the Foundation’s Education Committee through grants and private donations. This program requires commitment, so those with the best attendance and most improved grades will receive rewards at the end of the term.

We hope to resume this program soon!

For more information, send us an email.

Also, you can submit an application to be added to the waitlist and we will contact you when classes resume. Click here to enroll your child in iLearn. 

Code Camp

Coding is an important skill for future tech careers. It can open doors to many jobs such as gaming design, software/app development, and other jobs in this highly competitive tech sector. In the future, coding may be a necessary skill much like typing is today. Learning to code can open doors for our children’s futures and it’s just plain fun!

The Foundation hosted its second Code Camp in July at Anaina Hou’s Porter Pavilion. Even with some new rules due to COVID-19 (such as sitting 6′ apart and wearing masks), the six 5th-8th grade participating campers had fun while enhancing their important STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) skills. A concept created by Foundation board member Rose Vali, Code Camp helps develop the basic skills required to write computer code.

Campers wrote coding language for Altino Cars, on loan from the Hawaii Technical Academy (HTA), to direct the cars through various actions. The camp was again taught by HTA teacher, Sean McHugh, who was assisted by Tigerlilly Zietz, a Kauai North Shore native who is currently majoring in Computer Science and Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University.

Dayna Santos, whose son Regan attended the camp, commented, “Regan loved every minute of it – not just being with his buddies but he also loved his teachers. Thank you for providing our keiki with such an awesome opportunity to flourish by learning what today’s technologies have to offer. Mahalo! Mahalo!”

The Foundation thanks thank Anaina Hou Community Park for use of the Porter Pavilion, and The Friends of the North Shore Library at Princeville for donating healthy snacks and hand sanitizer.

Above from left to right: Regan Santos shows his father his Code Camp project; Code Camp creator Rose Vali speaks to campers and their parents about opportunities that can open by learning to code; Code Camp 2020 participants.

SAT Prep

KNSCF is proud to have offered the first SAT Prep classes on the North Shore. Our initial class was held in the fall of 2019, followed by a spring 2020 program. We have helped over 30 students to prepare for these important college exams. Approximately 10% of students received program scholarships.

We intend to hold a spring 2021 class to run for six Saturdays. Dates will be announced at a later date. Classes have been held at the Anaina Hou Porter Pavilion classroom. Mr. David Mireles, a college counselor at Kapa’a High, teaches the course and provides all necessary learning materials. Students bring their own laptops, notebooks, and pens or pencils.

Thanks to the generous donations from the North Shore Lions and the Rotary Club of Hanalei Bay, we are able to offer FULL SCHOLARSHIPS to students with financial needs.