Graduation Ceremony for Ka Pa’alana Traveling Preschool to be Held

Honolulu —  Ka Pa’alana Traveling Preschool  will be holding its graduation ceremony on Thursday, June 27 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Oahu Veterans Center.  The school has invited Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui to address the 35 graduates, who range in ages from 4 to 5 years old, at 10 a.m.

“Graduation is a special time for students whether they’re in preschool or in high school and I’m excited to be part of their special day to recognize their achievement,” said Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui.

The Ka Pa’alana Traveling Preschool and Homeless Family Education Program serves houseless families on Oahu’s Leeward coast.  It is a Family Child Interactive Learning (FCIL) preschool, which parents are active in their child’s learning. Ka Pa’alana is the first preschool in the nation serving the homeless population to be accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals.

“It’s rewarding to see our graduating preschoolers come this far in their development and education.  We’re very proud of them,” said Danny Goya, Ka Pa’alana Program Manager.

Ka Pa’alana is a core program of Partners in Development Foundation (PIDF).  PIDF creates and implements programs to address the needs of at-risk groups within the Hawaiian community, such as preschool children, their caregivers, and economically depressed neighborhoods while drawing upon the ancient Hawaiian cultural traditions. Ka Pa’alana serves 700 young children from ages 0-5 and roughly 900 parents/caregivers annually.


Thursday, June 27, 2013


Oahu Veterans Center, 1298 Kukila Street


9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

9 a.m.    Preschool Graduation & Adult Education Graduation

10 a.m. Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui

Lunch and Health Fair to follow


35 preschool graduates of Ka Pa’alana Traveling Preschool and Homeless Family Education Program