Afterschool in Hawaii

Facts & Research

  • In Hawaii, 17% (36,474) of K-12 youth are responsible for taking care of themselves after school.
  • Of all Hawaii children not currently enrolled in afterschool, 38% (59,057) would be likely to participate IF an afterschool program were available in their community.
  • 89% of parents in Hawaii are satisfied with the afterschool program their child attends.
  • 26% (54,184) of Hawaii's K-12 children participate in afterschool programs, including 5,632 kids in programs supported by the U.S. Department of Education's 21st Century Community Learning Centers initiative, the only federal program dedicated to afterschool.

For afterschool participation and funding levels in Hawaii, refer to the Afterschool in Hawaii Fact Sheet.

Explore America After 3PM for even more research on afterschool programs in Hawaii.

State Policy and Funding

Established in 1990 by the Hawaii Department of Education, the state's After-School Plus (A+) Program provides afterschool care-including homework assistance, enrichment activities and supervised recreational activities-until 5:30 p.m. each school day at more than 190 participating schools. Currently, the program is supported by $6 million in state general funds, and the current agreement provides for a payment of $85/month for each eligible child. Elementary-school-age children whose parents work, attend school or are in job-training programs are eligible to participate. For more information, see

Check out the State Policy section of our website for state-specific data and ideas for developing and advancing afterschool policy at the state level.

See Policy News for the latest on afterschool legislation from Washington, D.C.

Interested in running an afterschool tutoring program?

Find information on the application process and selection criteria for Supplemental Educational Services (SES) providers in your state here.

Hawaii is a recipient of ARRA-School Improvement Grants (SIGs) ($11 million) and Race to the Top (RTT) Phase 2 awards ($75 million). Eligible schools may use ARRA-SIG funding to support extended learning-time opportunities and guidance for Race to the Top funds specifically mentions afterschool as an allowable strategy for education reform.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 offers numerous opportunities to support extended learning-time including afterschool, before school and summer programs. See more on afterschool and the Recovery here.

Your state does not currently have an afterschool network, but see "State Contact" below for a helpful resource that can help guide afterschool efforts in Hawaii.

News & Voices

What's the word on afterschool in your state? News clippings, noteworthy quotes and feel good stories highlight Hawaii's afterschool cause.

What leaders are saying in Hawaii:

These [quality afterschool] programs offer a safe environment and keiki who attend are shown to do better in school overall.

Mazie Hirono
U.S. House of Representatives (2nd)

There are no recent afterschool news stories for Hawaii.

Want more news on afterschool? Check out this month's Afterschool Advocate and our blog Afterschool Snack.

America's Afterschool Storybook tells the stories of people and communities transformed by afterschool programs. Read more inspiring stories from America's Afterschool Storybook from people across the country.

Afterschool Champions

Hawaii has champions across the state leading the fight to ensure that all children have access to safe and enriching afterschool programs.

On March 3, 2005, members of Congress established the first-ever Afterschool Caucus in both the Senate and the House of Representatives in order to build support for afterschool programs and increase resources for quality afterschool care. The following elected officials from Hawaii participate in their chamber's Afterschool Caucus:

Your state has no elected officials in the Afterschool Caucus. Ask your Senators and Representative to show their support for afterschool programs by joining the Afterschool Caucuses.

Afterschool for All brings together individuals and organizations from across the nation who support the vision that all children and youth deserve access to quality, affordable afterschool programs. Here's a list of some prominent Afterschool for All participants in Hawaii:

Boys & Girls Club of the Big Island, Hilo, HI

Center for the Family, Honolulu, HI

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Honolulu, HI

Mayor Alan Arkawa, Wailuku, HI

Selected from some of the most effective afterschool programs and advocacy organizations in the nation, the Afterschool Ambassadors work every day to help keep kids safe, inspire children to learn and help working families. They know firsthand the barriers and benefits that communities face in making afterschool available to all children and are a great resource for programs throughout Hawaii. Here is a list of past and present ambassadors in your state:

Ambassador Emeritus:
Ft. Shafter Youth Center SAS Program
240 Montgomery Drive
Fort Shafter, HI 96858

Ambassador Emeritus:
Fun 5 Program-Kahoomiki
1493 Halekoa Drive
Honolulu, HI 96821
800-581-7491 x20

State Contact

Daniel Williams
Special Programs Management Section
Educational Specialist
595 Pepeekeo St., Bldg. H-1
Honolulu, HI 96825
(808) 394-1382