The Hualālai ‘Ohana Foundation offers the ‘Ike Loa Academy program to provide students an opportunity to make good life choices, decisions, and skills through a series of activities.

‘Ike Loa Academy


This program is designed and facilitated by Erlinda Borges

Program Mission:

The purpose of this program is to provide students an opportunity to make good life choices, decisions and skills through a series of activities and assist them in preparing for college and/or a career.

Program Overview:


Program Days and Curriculum:     9:00am –  4:00pm

October 09 & 10           Aloha Etiquette
Monday & Tuesday      Lifeplan – A Journey of Choices, Decisions, and Consequences                                                16 Personalities                                                                                                                          Tour of HCC – Palamanui

November 10               College and Career                                                Friday                           College Applications and Financial Aid                                                                                       Interests & Strengths Assesment

January 15                    Entrepreneurship
Monday                         Tour of Local Business                                                                     

February 19                  Job Applications and the Job Interview
Monday                         Life Skills

March 19                       College and Career
Monday                         Tour of University of Hawaii at Hilo

March 30                      Financial Literacy
Friday                           Life Skills

May 28                          Creating a Personal Board of Directors
Monday                        Celebration / Graduation

All sessions will have an afternoon activity.   Activities may include tours of resort operations, job shadowing, community service, cultural tours, and excursions.  The program would meet about once a month on scheduled school break days.  All sessions will take place at Hualālai Resort. Snacks and lunch will be provided.

Eligible Recipients:

This program is available to children of Hualālai community employees, which include Hualālai Investors LLC, Four Seasons Resort Hualālai, and Hualālai Resort contractor employees.  Employees may be full-time or part-time but must have passed their 90-day probation period as of the application deadline.  Employees who are not parents of children they are applying for must provide documentation of legal guardianship.

Other information

The program is limited to 20 students.  It is recommended that once enrolled into the program, the student attends all sessions.  Because enrollment is limited, a student may not be absent for more than two (2) sessions.  It is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to drop off and pick up a child from the Resort.