Hōkūpaʻa Agreement

A Commitment to Collaborate

For the Youth and Young Adults of West Hawaiʻi 

The health of any community depends on the success of its youth and young adults. We come together as collaborators, intent on working together to help our young people thrive. We hope our collective efforts will serve as Hōkūpaʻa, or Pole Star, to guide our youth to strong, healthy productive lives.

By signing this Agreement, we signify our commitment to collaborate for the success of the youth and young adults emerging from the Hawaiʻi Statement Department of Education’s West Hawaiʻi Complex Area.

By making this commitment, we signify to each other we share the following beliefs:

  • the success of the community’s children is critically important;

  • strengthening the education, health and community environments of youth and young adults will contribution to their success in post-secondary and career attainment;

  • the value of our combined assets has the potential be far greater than our existing challenges;

  • working collectively will provide better outcomes than working individually;

  • the process of working collaboratively is equally as important as the outcomes we strive to achieve;

  • improving community outcomes requires commitment to a sustainable long-term strategy for future generations; and

  • in building a community culture of continuous improvement which values mutual respect for our individual strengths and protects collective trust

We commit ourselves to:

  • engage in ongoing dialogue, especially that which includes all stakeholders’ viewpoints

  • improve our evidence-based decision-making by exploring both the data we collect and the knowledge we gain from it

  • remain open to the emergency of new ideas and mind shifts necessary to create system-level innovations

  • keep our work dynamic by engaging in mutually reinforcing activities that contribute to measurable outcomes

  • contribute to Hōkūpaʻa’s asset building with support that is within the scope of our individual missions and organizational boundaries