LK Adult Class 2014, individuals selected by their employers for the 10-month course, are moving swiftly into the 2nd half of their annual leadership development program. They opened the year at Salt Pond, then up to Koke'e for their overnight retreat, followed by a nail-biting rope climbing day at the Kupu A'e Ropes Course, engaged in relatively mild physical but intense leadership practice development day at Kauai Community College, changed it up to getting energized and the art of story telling at StoryBook Theatre, and to their most recent class at Kauaʻi Island Utility Cooperative for an in-depth look at themselves while while planning their community project. They are doing a terrific job staying on track with the LK curriculum and designing a much needed community project, all while keeping up with their professional obligations and taking care of their families. Be sure to give them a supportive "Hi 5" or hug of encouragement to finish out the year with a bang!
Being an LK Student may look like it's all fun and games, actually it is. And not. This journey requires guts to go within, to decide whether or not to risk bringing forward the leader within. Each of member of Class 2014 has chosen to dig deep and the fruits of their labor is almost ripe.
Here are photos from their first half of the year. Next up is Challenge the Process on the Huleia River and County Council Chambers. Imua! Class of 2014!
If you or someone you know is interested in enrolling in this one-of-a-kind leadership and networking program on Kaua`i, please submit the application as soon as possible. You can download our 2-page Program Brochure and the 2015 Adult Application and Program Schedule by clicking on the images below.
Here's a brief summary of the Program and its benefits:
Our annual adult program joins a cross-section of Kaua'i adults, ages 18 and over, to further develop their leadership skills. During their time together, participant teams learn and work to resolve important community issues. Upon graduation, participants are challenged to use the skills and knowledge they gain towards the long-term benefit of the community in their daily jobs and activities as well as through volunteerism in the Leadership Kaua'i Alumni Network (LKAN).
Our Adult Program Delivers Value to Participants, Companies, Sponsors, & the Community:
Annual tuition for the program is $3,000 + $200 for beginning & ending LPI (Leadership Practices Inventory) online assessments. In many cases, a participant's company or organization will cover the cost. Payment plans and a very limited number of scholarships are also available.
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And the WINNERS Are...
Adult Category Winners
For an evening of great food, joyous celebration, and wonderful entertainment, click here to visit the Ho`okanaka Awards website for more details and to buy your tickets to this exciting once-a-year event!
Our new adult class of leaders for 2013 completed an 8-hour Orientation on August 31st in Hanapēpē. Our students come from Kapaʻa to Kekaha with a wide range of background and experiences. We ended our day by participating in our islandʻs unique cultural practice of harvesting paʻakai (salt)! Mahalo to Aunty Millie Wellington of the Kauaʻi Philippine Cultural Center and Thomas Nizo of the Kapahu ʻOhana for sharing your manaʻo and resources with us!
Our next session is scheduled for September 14th and 15th at Hui o Lakaʻs CCC Camp in Kōkeʻe for more team building, an introduction to Kouzes and Posnerʻs 5 Practices of Exemplary Leadership and selecting a community project to work on together for the next 9 months.
Here's our awesome 2013 Adult Class...
Front Row (L-R): Stephen Tangalin (Network Specialist); Thomas Nizo - Alumni LK Class of 2010; Pua Chin (Executive Administrator); Sean Texeira (Executive Protocol Officer); John Jensen (Seeds Processing Manager).
Middle Row (L-R): Melissa McFerrin (Executive Administrator/Festival Coordinator); Kalawaiʻa Lee (Program Specialist III); Amanda Gregg (Writer/Journalist); Gabriel Legacy (Community Representative); Royce Kawabata (Project Specialist)
Third Row: (L-R): Jonathan Kalk (Institutional Researcher); Dennis Rowley (Range Complex Sustainment Coordinator)
We are so proud of our Pi`ina Hoku youth class of 2012! They have completed THREE community service projects this year and participated in numerous other events and activities that have benefited our Kaua`i community in BIG ways.
Please join us to hear about their accomplishments and to celebrate their graduation from the Leadership Kaua`i program on Sunday, April 22 from 2:00 - 5:00pm at Smith's Tropical Garden. Pupus & refreshments will be served.
An Appeal from our Executive Director...
Aloha Supporters, Friends, Alumni, and Community Members -
First, let me say Mele Kalikimaka and Hau'oli Makahiki Hou! Here's
wishing you the best Holiday Season and New Year ever!
As you may know, grant funding is down significantly this year and we can really use your kokua. At the beginning of each year, Leadership Kaua'i launches an annual giving campaign / fund-raiser that helps sustain our organization through the coming new year. Please watch your U.S. Mailbox for a letter that describes our 2012 Adult and Pi'ina Hoku (Youth) programs and community projects. To help you take advantage of the 2011 tax deduction*, we've already sent the mailer so that you can respond before December 31st. We've also included a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope to make it even easier to donate before year-end. If you didn't receive the mailer, please click here or on the donation form below to download it in PDF format. Alternatively, you can donate online by clicking here. If you can't respond by December 31st, a January donation is also appreciated and will be deductible* in 2012! You can even set-up a monthly donation if you'd prefer that versus an annual amount. Any amount is greatly appreciated!
This year, your generous donations will help sustain us through 2012 as we completesix new community projects:
2 Youth Projects: (1) For Da Kids Sports Day Camp which was held on October 15th, 2011, with the support of the adult class, gave youth ages 4 – 13 years old a chance to learn a new sport, get active and have fun; (2) Introducing new policy to the DOE to include Kaua`i Grown products on school campuses through a demo Farmer’s Market Event for Teenagers.
3 Adult Projects: (1) Ho'okanaka Awards - An awards process and ceremony, to be held annually (this year on May 5) to honor and celebrate outstanding adult and youth leaders within the Kaua'i community who best demonstrate the 5 principles of leadership; (2) Celebrating the importance of mailelauli’i, a native and endemic plant to Kaua’i, by creating an informational DVD to distribute statewide and sponsoring an essay contest for our island’s 4th and 5th graders; and (3) An impactful and informational DVD for funders, neighborhoods, schools & employers to utilize as a tool, which will include powerful interviews, statistics and speak to the need for help in Kaua`i for people with addiction to drugs and or alcohol.
An additional intergenerational community service project: Both classes will work together to host "Kupuna Day" at the Regency at Puakea on January 14th, 2012. This will include games & entertainment to uplift the Kupuna’s spirits along with interviews on life experiences that will be compiled into a book titled “Recipe for Life” to be published by April, 2011.
Please watch for updates on these projects in the coming months.
Mahalo for your consideration!
*NOTE: Please be sure to check with your accountant or tax advisor regarding deductibility.
Mahalo Nui Loa to everyone who sponsored, participated, volunteered, or came out to support our annual Golf Tournament, held on Sunday, December 4 at Puakea Golf Course. It was GREAT weather and GREAT fun for all! And Keith Yap was a terrific Emcee! Mahalo, Keith!
Your wonderful donations and participation helped support our organization with some much needed funds!
Again, Mahalo Nui!
Sherri Patrick, Program Director
Our new adult and youth leadership classes of 2012 are off and running and both groups have already completed Orientation! Mahalo to Helen Cox (KCC) and Sheryl Grady (KIUC) for opening their doors to provide us with comfortable and convenient meeting places!
Our Adult Orientation was an all day affair in KIUC’s corporate office conference room. It started off with a presentation from the A&B Foundation to Leadership Kaua’i for a $2,500 grant for the year! Mahalo to Board Members, previous Executive Directors and Alumni - Mark Hubbard, Mason Chock, Brenda Jose, Sheryl Grady, Kaulana Finn, Corey Nakamura and Tom Clements - for coming by to show their support for this new class of leaders and to participate in our 3-minute introduction exercise!
A large portion of the day was devoted to identifying and analyzing Meyers-Briggs Personality Type Indicators (MBTI) for each participant. MAHALO nui to Sheryl Grady for facilitating this portion of our program year after year! The class is loaded with “ENFP” and “ISTP” but ISTJ, ISFJ, INFP, INTP, ESFP, ENTP, ENFJ and ENTJ’s add their balance to the mix!
Each class member was assigned a “Master Mind Partner” to provide support to each other in accomplishing program and personal goals. Their first assignment is to develop, script and record a series of 60 second Public Service Announcements (PSAs) for radio. Mahalo to Stacy Wong, Trustee of the Knudsen Trust for providing us with a great practical exercise to grow our participants’ philanthropic attitudes!
Pi’ina Hoku and their parents joined us at the Hawaiian Studies Hale on the KCC Campus for a productive afternoon on August 12th. We have representation from Kaua’i High School, Kapa’a High School, Island School, Kanuikapono Charter School, a Home-Schooled student, and new to our program this year are participants from Kawaikini Charter School and Kaua’i Christian Academy! Mahalo to Bill Arakaki and each school’s administration for providing us with such quality youth leaders!
The weekend of August 19th through the 21st, we took this eager Pi’ina Hoku class up to the CCC Camp for a Koke’e Retreat. Mahalo to Marsha Erickson and the Hui o Laka Staff for their wonderful hospitality and to our drivers and chaperones – Lilane Corpuz, Char Ravelo, Nolan Rapozo and Thomas Nizo! Our goal was to build camaraderie between the students and to introduce them to the 5 Leadership Practices. They worked hard and played hard! They identified 2 goals for the intergenerational service project days we have scheduled on October 15th and January 14th. The first goal is to introduce sports and fitness to keiki 4 to 12 years old and the second is to uplift and honor kupuna in our community. They are sure to accomplish great things as declared in their class Mission Statement, an acronym for ACHIEVE…Always Carry Heart In Each Virtue Everyday!
Please be sure to watch for wonderful results from both groups this year - they are off to a great start!
Leadership Kaua'i is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to providing culturally based leadership programs, cultivating skilled and committed leaders to guide the people of Kaua‘i through sensitive social and economic challenges.