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Windward-based Nonprofit Seen As Place Of Refuge For Community Members
company and free breakfasts on Friday mornings from 8 to 9 a.m. They also are able to access activities, such as art and exercise classes, through the program. Na Pua o Ko‘olau is open to seniors age 50 and up residing in Kāneʻohe through Kahuku.
week enjoy a healthy break- fast, social and cognitive support to prevent isolation, resources and virtual learn- ing opportunities.”
tures ʻāina-based and cultur- al projects, will begin its fall session in October.
 According to Dudoit, KEY Project’s senior pro- gram, Na Pua o Ko‘olau has been bringing vulnera- ble area seniors together for more than 25 years. She also notes the program “propos- es to serve 6,060 duplicated senior citizens for the senior program in the project year.”
Providing a comfortable, community-based social en- vironment for kūpuna, KEY Project helps alleviate and break the isolating effect the COVID-19 pandemic has brought.
Meanwhile, a Ko‘olau ‘Ohana Festival called Ka ‘Ua Po‘aihala o Kahalu‘u will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 22 at KEY Project.
Many kūpuna enrolled in KEY Project’s Na Pua o Ko‘olau enjoy each other’s
“Na Pua o Ko‘olau pro- motes socialization, culture, exercise and health for se- niors 50 and over,” states Dudoit. “Over 200 seniors a
KEY Project also assists families going through tough times by hosting monthly food distributions in collab- oration with Hawai‘i Food- bank, and through a Rent and Utilities Assistance Program.
The event is open to the public and will feature food trucks, local vendors, games and live music. KEY Project is looking for event sponsors, and informa- tion is available by calling 808-239-5777 or emailing
(Above and below left) KEY Project features an array of community-focused activities that serve kūpuna, youth, families and more. PHOTOS COURTESY KEY PROJECT
with implementing services like food distributions and events,” she explains.
verse multicultural commu- nity,” states its website.
 Though time expanded the nonprofit’s reach to in- clude senior citizens, help- ing youth has and always will be a vital part of its mis- sion. In fact, KEY Project’s Youth Program, which fea-
Dudoit notes the various services and programs KEY Project offers are made pos- sible via grants, fundraisers and volunteers.
“The mission of KEY Project is to nurture and promote the cultural, envi- ronmental, social, economic and recreational well-being of the Kualoa-He‘eia area by providing a vital grassroots civic resource that effective- ly serves the needs of our di-
The nonprofit’s mission is to be a valuable key in the Windward community, un- locking opportunities for all to live a better life.
“KEY Project is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit and relies on support from volunteers, just to name a few, to assist
For more info, visit and to volun- teer with the organization, call 808-239-5777 or email
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