Kauhale Youth Leadership Training (YLT)

For Ages 17 - 24 & Associate Degree Seekers

The YLT is a 2-year farm to college program that invests in our youth who are our waiwai, our most valuable asset and connect them to their community to instill in their kuleana and responsibility to of malama ʻāina, all while earning a college degree, an educational stipend, and contributing positively to the local community food system. All interns making good progress in their leadership program are also eligible to participate in an Individual Development Account matched savings program.

The Kauhale Enterprise is a MAʻO collaborative partnership with Waiʻanae High School’s Searider Productions and their for-profit spinoff Mākaha Studios. MAʻO expanded its Youth Leadership Training to include a digital media edu-preneurial internship at Searider Productions and Mākaha Studios in which the digital arts provides a venue from which the ancestral practice of moʻolelo or storytelling to take root in a 21st century context. The Digital Media Youth Leadership Training empowers youth to utilize their storytelling knowledge and expertise to further our vision and mission: restoration of our ancestral abundance in perpetuity for the prosperity of the Waiʻanae moku and Hawaiʻi nei.


Opportunities for High School Juniors & Seniors

The Kauhale also produces the Spring Break and Fall Break Youth Leadership Training for high school students. These are important opportunities to plant the seeds in the minds of youth that idea that college partnered with meaningful community work is not only possible but, necessary to be successful. High school students are selected to participate in a week long internship where youth are introduced to college knowledge, preparatory seminars coupled with instruction in professional knowledge and skill sets in the trades of organic agriculture and digital media.


Opportunities for Graduating Seniors & Enrolled College Students

During the summer and winter sessions we have our bi-annual Ramp-Up Internships. These internships usually last a few weeks where interns can get a feel for working in a work intensive environment, while also gaining the essential knowledge and learning ethics for school. After completion of the Ramp-Up internship, interns will be able to enroll into the YLT program as a member of their own cohort. Each cohort is a peer based community that supports each other as they work together in work and in school.


The YLT Internship provides:

  • Tuition scholarship to college
  • Monthly stipends
  • Leadership skills & work experience



Click here to apply for the 2018 Summer Ramp-Up Internship!

2018 Summer Ramp-Up Schedule