The island of Oahu has a permanent Cooperative Extension agent. Christine Hanakawa is responsible for the 4-H Youth Development programs on the island and provides support and guidance with the Military 4-H Partnership.
She has a Master’s in Public Administration from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor’s in Secondary Education Social Studies from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her background and experience in 4-H started as a Community Site Facilitator with the Children, Youth, Families At-Risk (CYFAR) project in 1998 in Kaneohe, Kalihi, and Halawa community sites for 14 years. She started dozens of 4-H afterschool clubs as a 4-H leader at those sites, in addition to working with a 4-H Drama Club at the Hickam Teen Center. Later, she became a co-leader of her children’s 4-H club for several years.
Christine was previously the temporary 4-H Junior Extension Agent for the past year, sustaining and building the 4-H clubs and programs. Her focus and interests include community and school engagement, agriculture and food systems, STEM, youth-adult partnerships, youth and adult leadership, and volunteer management.
She can be contacted at:
Office Phone: (808) 956-7196