At Hawaii Literacy, we offer one-to-one tutoring on basic reading and writing skills to English-speaking adults free of charge on O'ahu, Kauai, and the Kailua-Kona area of Hawaii Island.

Before we match up students and trained tutors, each student completes a one-hour skills assessment and interview with the staff. This helps the staff learn about the student’s skills, motivations, and goals. Once a match has been made between the student and tutor, the two will determine when and where they will meet one-on-one; tutoring is done in public locations such as libraries, parks, or cafes. Generally, the student and tutor will meet twice a week for an hour or an hour and a half but only the student and tutor will decide with one another.


Interested in becoming a tutor? Want to help someone improve their reading and writing skills? Did you graduate from high school? Before tutoring, we ask you to attend a 3-day, 12-hour training course. You will be taught nationally recognized adult tutoring methods as well as how to use the materials and skillbooks. This training will also address common scenarios that could occur in tutoring. Upon completion of the training, the tutor will be nationally certified as a volunteer literacy tutor through our national affiliate, ProLiteracy. The tutor will be matched with an assessed student. A minimum commitment of six months is required.

To begin tutoring, call or email to register for our Adult Literacy Orientation and Training. 

Click here to view the current training schedule for O'ahu. 

Click here to view the current training schedule for Kona. 

Contact – O’ahu

Darci Walker, Adult Literacy Program Manager
Tel: (808) 537-6706 Fax: 537-3072

Contact – Kaua’i

Dennis Dresser, Adult Literacy Coordinator
Tel: (808) 332-5544


Kona Literacy Center
75-5766 Kuakini Hwy, Suite 106A, 
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Lisa Jacobs, Adult Literacy Coordinator
Tel: (808) 329-1180


The Rose Perenin Foundation, James T. Pettus Jr. Foundation, and Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund.