In The Community

The Makaha Cultural Learning Center, a native 501(c)3, was started in Makaha Valley almost a decade ago. Today, our primary mission is to create opportunities for Native Hawaiians and the people of the Waianae Coast through leadership, trades-training and outreach programs.​Our vision is for more than a classroom and innovation space. We are working toward a world-class community Learning Center that is home to relevant and applicable courses designed to propel students on a path of success. We believe that love for self and community will be the natural manifestation that ensues. Our vision is for a learning center that serves as a model for change throughout Hawaii and the world. ​At the Makaha Learning Center, we have three core passions: Native Hawaiians, The Waianae Coast Community, and perpetuating the Trades.

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Unlock your passion and talent, reinforce gratitude, and be inspired to emerge as a capable worker with highly valued skills. We are the only organization that provides non-union construction trade education west of the Honolulu area. Our programs in General Construction, Renewable Energy, HVAC-R, and Electrical Apprenticeship will place you on a successful path to a growing career.

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We are a small team with a GOD-SIZED vision for our Community. Our families and business, have been abundantly blessed and we are honored to give. Nestled in the Makaha Gateway Center, we are reminded daily of the heartbreaking challenges that face our community. The Makaha Learning Center is resolved to serve through whatever means we can to break the culture of poverty. We have worked very hard to provide impactful programs that address foundation alongside capacity. We are proud to say that Makaha Learning Center has earned the opportunity to offer the best industry curriculum and certifications. It is our privilege to serve alongside MLC’s partners and supporters who have made all the difference. The Hana that has been contributed is transforming lives and creating generational blessings. With your help, the ripples we set in motion will fuel a movement that will inundate our community with opportunities and possibilities.
Danielle Irwin, President