We offer one-to-one tutoring for basic reading and writing skills to English-speaking adults free of charge on Oahu, Kauai, and the Kailua-Kona area of Hawaii Island.

Before we match up learners and trained tutors read, each learner completes a one-hour skills assessment and interview with the staff. This helps the staff learn about the learners' skills, motivations, and goals.

Once a match has been made between the learner 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 learner and tutor will meet twice a week for 1 or 1.5 hours.

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Interested in becoming a tutor? Want to help someone improve their reading and writing skills? 

Volunteer Requirements

  • Have a high school diploma.

  • Commit to 6 months of working with your learner.

  • Attend a 12-hour training course (over 2 Saturdays). You will be taught nationally recognized adult tutoring methods as well as how to use the materials and skillbooks.

Upcoming Trainings

Dates: Saturday, September 7th and Saturday, September 14th

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Oahu Staff

Katherine Tuohy, Adult Literacy Program Manager
Office: (808) 537-6706
Work Cell: (808)352-7797
E-mail: katherine.tuohy@hawaiiliteracy.org

Kirsten Yale, Learner Services Coordinator
Office: (808) 537-6706
Work Cell: 352-7797
E-mail: kyale@hawaiiliteracy.org


Lisa Jacob, Adult Literacy Coordinator
E-mail: lisa.jacob@hawaiiliteracy.org
(808) 329-1180

Kona Literacy Center
Bougainvillea Plaza
75-5656 Kuakini Hwy, Suite 102B
Kailua-Kona, HI 96740
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Kauai staff

Dennis Dresser, Adult Literacy Coordinator
E-mail: islandvision@hawaii.rr.com
(808) 332-5544


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