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This is Hawaii’s state network community to connect and help youth who are or were in Hawaii's foster care system.

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Helping our youth make the transition from foster care to independent living.

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Last Revised: Nov 6, 2013

Graduation  Higher Education Students can now apply online for benefits to assist with the cost of attending an instituition of higher education:
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Nytd-1  NYTD

The National Youth in Transition Database Survey (NYTD): share information to help improve services to youth in foster care and earn some money at the same time.

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Moneycalculator64   Money Smarts

Helps youths learn the basics of handling their money and finances, including how to create positive relationships with financial institutions. Equipping young people in their formative years with the basics of financial education can give them the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to manage their finances once they enter the real world.

Money Smart - A Financial Education Program

News & Events

Sep 16, 2016  

Honolulu Pride


The 2016 Honolulu Pride™ Parade and Festival will be held on OCTOBER 22, 2016.



The Honolulu Pride™ Festival brings together Hawaii’s diverse and vital LGBT community, our friends, families and allies. It’s a week of festivities celebrating our bonds of friendship and aloha.

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Jul 08, 2016  

Fall 2016 ETV

May 1, 2016 -  Applications opened 

August 19, 2016  Last day for applications, including submission of ALL required documents. 

Awards based on need up to $5,000.00 per year.

You can file an ETV application even if you participate in another DHS program, like Imua Kakou (Extended Foster Care)! and Extended Assistance (AA/PA)! or Higher Ed ! 

Not sure if you might be eligible? File an application and DHS will figure out if you are eligible.

Basic eligibility criteria: 

  • AGE: 18 – 21 [& up to 23, if Youth received an ETV when 21]
    • Aged / transitioned out of DHS Foster Care at 18 or older
    • Adopted at age 16 or older
    • Legal guardianship to a relative at age 16 or older
    • Attending an accredited institution of higher education
    • Making satisfactory progress [“C” or better] – specifically not on FAFSA academic suspension / probation
    • Budget is reasonable and for allowable cost of attendance
Dec 30, 2015  

 ShakaTown will be down for maintenance tomorrow (Thursday 12-31-15) morning from 7am to 8am HST.  

Thanks and Happy New Year from your SHAKA development team.


Oct 29, 2015  

Higher Education and ETV Applications are NOW Open for Spring 2016

  • 12/31/2015 - Last day for ETV applications. All ETV applications and all required documentation must be completed by this date.
Jun 09, 2014  

Watch this video on DHS' new program called Imua Kakou. Log into ShakaTown to Apply Now.


imua kakou video


You Cannot get HIV Ladatt!

Starring Augie T and Kutmaster Spaz

Part 1 Part 2

`Ohana is Forever V: Our Next Steps
Working Together to Improve Outcomes for Transitioning Foster Youth in Hawai'i

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Family Findings

The Kalani Story

Family Findings will help reconnect youth with their lost relatives. Coming Soon to ShakaTown!!!!

If you are a youth looking for a lost relative, please contact your social worker.