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Nalukai Academy Startup Camp is a ten-day intensive entrepreneurship, technology and design camp for high school students, hosted with the goal of ushering in the next generation of intelligent, collaborative business professionals. The camp covers a multitude of different subject areas with real world applications, such as leadership, iterative development, digital storytelling, design thinking and pitch communications. Nalukai Founders are driven, clever, and innovative. They are never afraid to push the boundary of what is possible.


Founded in 2009, the Hawaii-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit ClimbHI seeks to inspire students to finish high school and proceed to post-secondary education or employment by exposing them to future career paths and the steps necessary to achieve those goals. The organization reaches thousands of students and teachers each year.

ClimbHI connects students, educators, businesses and organizations in a collective effort to sustain education and culture for Hawaiʻi students. It achieves this through three primary initiatives: The ClimbHI Bridge online portal; Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration (LEI) in-person events; and the ClimbHI Service Excellence Certificate program through the Hawaiʻi State Department of Education. ClimbHI also recognizes participating educators and businesses through several statewide awards programs.

NexTech Hawai'i's mission is to inspire and build STEM career readiness in Hawai'i Island's youth. Our emphasis is STEM skills and career learning through a framework of relationships, relevance and rigor. We offer tuition-free, project and place-based STEM learning programs for elementary, middle and high school-aged youth on Hawai'i Island. Our programs are delivered year-round and include several camps, a STEM-focused design competition and in-home, family-oriented STEM activities. Our programs create the space for engagement with local professionals who offer career exploration and mentorship. Older youth are also given leadership-building experiences through their facilitation of our programs.

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ʻEwalu Industries is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit created to build economic resilience in Hawaiʻi, starting on the Big Island. To do that, we train and retain Hawaiʻi’s next generation of leaders to work on our most critical challenges, and we support opportunities to diversify the economy with high-impact career pathways.

Auston Stewart, Nalukai Foundation Board Member

"The support of the Koi Pond Bridges made possible our return to impactful, in-person programming and has greatly accelerated our efforts to offer invaluable entrepreneurship education to students throughout Hawaiʻi Island.” 

We can already see the impact of our efforts through the expansion of diverse educational opportunities available to our students and the improvements in workforce readiness, both of which help our island keiki - and hopefully their keiki - to thrive locally.

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