“For there is always light if only we are brave enough to see it.
If only we are brave enough to be it.”
- Amanda Gorman, National Youth Poet Laureate
When We Shine Foundation is a fully accredited 501(c)(3) non-profit based on the island of Maui, in the state of Hawaiʻi. Mission: We design joyful opportunities for young people to connect to environmental stewardship & leadership through arts education. Our work offers visual & auditory representations of the voices & stories of the young people who are changing the world.
Living Hawaiian Style
In the spring of 2022, ʻĪao Intermediate 6th graders of team Makaliʻi participated in a Legacy project, interviewing people in our community and on ʻĪao school campus to find out what their thoughts are on why growing up on Maui and living here is so special.
HANA DAYS GONE BY (Aunty Punaʻs Song)
"Raising your voice is a courageous act in this world. Telling your story by singing your song invites the community to a shared understanding in a language that communicates the message even louder and stronger.
My passion and art is to engage children as the creators and protectors of their world, to help them weave new stories of the earth and of each other in a way that’s playful, inclusive, inspiring hope." Melinda Caroll
Heart of Aloha Music Video
Artists are awesome!
Everyone can be an Artist and/or support the Arts – whether musical, visual, digital or performing – The Arts play an important role in Movements for social change.
We commend and recognize Artists for their audacity to dream, and for their commitment to help spur dynamic social justice. We are grateful for your dedication to helping make the world a better place!
Don't take our word for it
It is just TOO MUCH!!!! I will cherish this video forever!
The kids have been writing scripts and practicing for the premiere all week. They even made flyers. Olali’s Mom emailed me and said that she printed like 50 flyers and was handing them out to strangers hahahahahh!
Thanks to all of you for being the highlight of my school year!
OH EMMMM GEEEEEEE!!! I'm sitting here crying my eyes out and my daughter says. "Wow mom, you're your students biggest fan!" WAAAHHHHHH
This (music video) looks amazing. I can't wait to share it on Friday.
“As the Executive Director of Hana Arts, a nonprofit organization in East Maui, I can attest to how beneficial and deeply impactful the When We Shine Foundation program has been for our rural and underserved keiki. Melinda Caroll, Rae Takemoto, and Shelley Toon Lindberg came to Hana School in January of 2022 to engage the students in song composition and illustration of the theme: Our Kūpuna, and the ʻĀina. ...I was surprised to see how well the team integrated into the classroom and how the children blossomed under their instruction." ..."We are honored and excited to work with the When We Shine team again and give our highest recommendation for them.”
“I love this program! I see how this project has impacted the social emotional learning of the students. This kind of project is absolutely fantastic, because first of all, (itʻs gonna make me cry), because, they can identify with their roots. They need strong anchors of who they are and where they come from, because in their life, their family lives are struggling. Theyʻve witnessed domestic violence and abuse, thereʻre tons of stories, ...and theyʻre hurting. So by anchoring them in their roots, by letting them learn and have fun – itʻs wonderful! Itʻs been a blessing for me to watch them in this project!”