Homeless children already face multiple barriers as they struggle to achieve their educational goals, from purchasing the proper school supplies to having access to technology. The impact of COVID-19 introduced new challenges in keeping our community safe and ensuring our keiki receive the education they need to be successful in life. Kamehameha Schools, Partners in Development Foundation, and HawaiiKidsCAN launched a WiFi on Wheels mobile connectivity hub in September to support students and families at West Oʻahu’s Kamaile Academy Public Charter School with their distance learning needs. The vehicle, which is equipped with a router provided by Cradlepoint and features unlimited wireless data from AT&T, provides high-speed internet at a radius of 100-200 feet, depending on specific terrain of the area, ensuring that students are able to access online programming while maintaining safety guidelines and physical distancing protocols. The WiFi on Wheels program has included the Wai’anae Civic Center as part of their route and enabled our kids to practice safe, distance learning and receive the tools necessary for a proper education.
To learn more about the organization or to make a donation, visit www.usvetsinc.org/waianae or call (808) 696-6770.