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Opened in 2005 as part of Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services' commitment to providing community-based health initiatives that honor the development of personal relationships and respect for cultural values, KVIBE uses bicycling to promote physical and emotional well-being by fostering healthy and sustainable relationships between youth and leaders, the community and the land.
We respect the truth that we see our stories, our dreams and our authenticity with unique lenses. As we weave our framework of connections, we engage the young sons and daughters of liberation as future leaders by cultivating attitudes of resilience, self-respect, and civic leadership, and challenging institutionalized views of disparity in the Kalihi community. It is through each Cultural Circle space, that we acknowledge the individual histories of each contributor and support the youth to have a better understanding of the context of their lives. We see that each sharer of stories, practice their excellency by developing personalized social biographies that challenge colonial ideologies with ancestral pedagogies.We believe that the youth engaging in sustainable waste management and land-stewardship through bicycle refurbishment and organic reforestation at the Ho'oulu 'Aina Nature Park, strengthens their connections to Aina, others, past and present, and betters-self. It is through their being identified and recruited from the general pool of participants to provide peer mentorship and to receive greater responsibility as bike shop assistants., that these young kings and queens continue to be inspired enough to march on for liberation Nakem: soul consciousness.