O ka pā‘ai a ka i‘a, kuhi ka lima, le‘a ka hā‘awi.
With a pearl fishhook that the fish graps, one can point with the hand and give with pleasure.
A good fishhook brings in enough food for the family and to give to relatives and friends.
The fishhook represents the skills and ability to bring in the means to provide for yourself
and your family.


Alu Like, Inc., Hoʻomānea ʻŌiwi, Year-Round Supplemental Youth Services and Comprehensive Services for Adults, WIA Program
458 Keawe St., Honolulu, HI 96813
  • Provides employment training to low-income Native Hawaiian, American Indian, and Alaska Natives through Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds
  • Youth between the ages of 14 to 21 must be either deficient in basic literacy skills, a school dropout, homeless, runaway, or foster youth, pregnant or parenting, an offender, ex-offender, or individuals who require additional assistance to complete an education program or secure and hold a job
  • Adults 18 and older must be unemployed or underemployed
  • Males between 18 to 25 must register for selective service
  • Verification of ethnicity required (e.g., birth certificate, etc.)
Year-round services for youth and adults include:
  • Job search and placement assistance
  • Career planning and counseling
  • Job readiness training
  • Work experience
  • Dropout prevention strategies
  • GED diploma attainment and literacy training
  • Educational assistance and tuition assistance
  • Employment opportunities
  • On-the-job training
  • Outreach information and referral services

Department of Human Services (DHS), Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR), Vocational Rehabilitation (VR)
600 Kapiʻolani Blvd., Rm. 304, Honolulu, HI 96813
  • Provides services to eligible people with physical or mental impairments to attain successful employment outcomes
  • To be determined eligible, individuals must have a physical or mental impairment, which constitutes or results in a substantial impediment to employment and those who require VR services to prepare, secure, retain, or regain employment
  • Applicants who are beneficiaries or recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) are presumed eligible for services
Honolulu Community Action Program (HCAP) Youth Services Employment Program
729E Emily Street, Honolulu, HI  96813
  • Job training and placement for youth 14-21 years of age
  • Filling out an application
  • Resume building
  • Interviewing Skills
  • Job Search
  • Time Management
  • Job Retention and Work Ethics
  • Employment Etiquette
  • Provides leadership training, occupational training, cultural awareness, and on-going individual and group counseling
  • Deficient in basic literacy skills
  • Discharged from all high / community school programs
  • Registered in a high / community school program
  • Homeless, runaway, or foster child (if a foster child, need foster care verification letter from a Social Worker)
  • Pregnant or parenting
  • Offender
  • Individual with a disability and/or an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for Special Education

  • Referral form available for download online
  • Contact Krystal Ikeda (808-531-5452)
Oʻahu WorkLinks
(808-768-5600) (TTY 808-527-5166)
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Personal Career Planning Services
  • Self-service assessments that identify your skills and training needs
  • Plan development for career success
  • Workforce Investment Act Employment Training Fund
  • Computer skills training
  • Job skills training for in-demand occupations
  • Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities
Dillingham Plaza: 1505 Dillingham Blvd., Ste. 110, Honolulu, HI 96817 (808-768-5700)
Open Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:30pm
Honolulu Office: 830 Punchbowl St., Ste. 112, Honolulu, HI 96813 (808-586-8700)
Open Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:30pm
Kāneʻohe Office: Kāneʻohe Atrium Building, 46-005 Kawa St., Ste. 205, Kāneʻohe, HI 96744 (808-233-3700)
Open Mondays and Wednesdays only
Waiʻanae Neighborhood Community Center: 85-670 Farrington Hwy., Waiʻanae, HI 96792 (808-768-5800)
Open Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:30pm
Waipahu Civic Center: 94-275 Mokuola St., Ste. 300, Waipahu, HI 96797 (808-675-0010)
Open Monday through Friday from 7:45am to 4:30pm
Hauʻula Civic Center: 54010 Kukuna Rd., Hauʻula, HI 96717 (808-293-2626)
Open Mondays and Tuesdays
Call (808-768-5800) to make an appointment for other days

YouthBuild Honolulu, Youth Services Center

1505 Dillingham Blvd. Ste. 206, Honolulu, HI 96817
  • YouthBuild Honolulu is an alternative education and occupation skills training program that focuses on preparing non-high school graduates, ages 17.5 to 24 who are either low-income, in foster care, disabled, a child of an incarcerated parent, an offending or migrant youth / adult
  • Provides alternative high school diploma program, tutoring, pre-apprenticeship construction training leading to an industry recognized credentials, hands-on construction skills training, leadership development, employment preparation, career exploration and planning, and much more
  • After completing the program, youth receive 12-months of follow up services to help them secure and retain jobs, enter post-secondary education retention
  • Former graduates can also utilize Oʻahu WorkLinks services at no cost
  • Contact YouthBuild Coordinator Dell Manini (808-768-5888) (dmanini@honolulu.gov)