The Ola’a Community Center is
the focal point for bringing people together. No matter what your age,
culture, or gender, each one of you is a part of this community and has
something to offer. You are sincerely invited to join in!
We are located in the old
cafeteria building of the Kea’au Middle School. If you were standing at
Verna’s Drive In, and looking across the street, you would see the
yellow roof – that’s us!
Ola`a Community Center received several small grants as well as a
$50,ooo Hawai`i Island Meth Initiative Prevention Grant (HIMI) to staff
and run an After-School Program with a Drug Prevention component called
creation of this program was in direct response to the community's
desire to stem the rising rate of drug use and other social problems. As
one of two After-School programs located on the grounds of Kea`au Middle
School, the center has become an important influence on youth to
not get involved with drugs and has proven to be a safe and
caring environment for youth to learn and practice social behaviors.
Program also teaches youth practical living and expressive skills which
increases their self-confidence and ability to set goals. Under
the guidance of skilled professionals, they created their own anti-drug
song which was made into a drug prevention video. Active
involvement with positive adult role models, including students from
HawCC, has proven to be the best kind of inoculation against drug