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Community Impact

Community Impact

At HYS, we envision a Hawaiʻi where music is a right. In order to make progress toward our strategic vision, we bring music education and concerts to underserved communities. Out of over 200 DOE schools in the State of Hawaii, less than 5% offer comprehensive music programs. Our nonprofit is a statewide music education organization that seeks to bridge that gap. Here’s how we make an impact!

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INTRODUCE kids of all demographics & backgrounds to music 

  • Partner with the Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii, Le Jardin Academy, Pālolo Elementary School, and other schools and organizations to bring incredible music teachers to after-school programs across Oʻahu.
  • Support neighbor island students by offering private lessons and travel assistance.
  • Bring students from different schools and communities together to collaborate through music.

DEVELOP youth to their fullest potential 

  • Create a pathway of continuous improvement encouraging kids to gain skills and confidence as they move up to more advanced ensembles.
  • Provide financial assistance so that any interested student can participate in our most advanced programs.
  • Partner with the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra for Side-by-Side and Nā Hōkū ʻOpio Young Stars Talent Competition

GIVE BACK to our Hawaiʻi community 

Since 2020, it has been more important than ever for us to keep the music playing for keiki in Hawaiʻi. To join our HYS community and hear our latest news, sign up for our mailing list. 


Viewers Served by HYS Virtual Concerts from 2020-2022


Schools Represented by HYS Students


Hours Given By Volunteers


Percentage of Students Moved Up to a More Advanced Level or Graduated in 2022


Dollars Awarded in Financial Aid


Students in Quality Programming from 2020-2022


Years of Musical Excellence

Representation & Inclusion



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