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Empowering Ohana: Building Bright Futures with HCATF Apprenticeships

In Hawaii’s breathtaking but economically challenging environment, the Hawaii Carpenters Apprenticeship & Training Fund (HCATF) stands as a beacon of opportunity, promising a brighter future for families across the islands. By dedicating itself to nurturing skills and lives, the HCATF apprenticeship programs are more than educational pathways—they are journeys toward empowerment and community enhancement.

Transformative Journeys

Recent graduates like Bradley Mandaloniz and Kaikeloa (Kai) Freitas exemplify the transformative power of the HCATF apprenticeships. Transitioning from a painting contractor, Bradley embraced carpentry, pursuing an Associate’s Degree alongside his practical training. For Kai, the apprenticeship was a call to craftsmanship and a way to honor his family’s legacy. Their stories highlight the program’s dual impact on career development and personal growth.

HCATF Apprentice turned Journeyman poses with his wife and two children at his recognition ceremony.

A Beacon of Hope and Opportunity

With its competitive wages, benefits, and holistic approach, the HCATF apprenticeship program symbolizes hope for many in Hawaii. It addresses the urgent need for skilled workers in the booming construction industry by providing rigorous training that leads to direct entry into lucrative careers. The success stories of apprentices reflect the program’s impact on personal and community development.

Mentorship and Support

The mentorship program is a cornerstone of HCATF’s success. It addresses the challenge of low graduation rates by pairing apprentices with experienced mentors who provide guidance, support, and inspiration. This approach has proven instrumental in fostering the next generation of skilled carpenters, enhancing the construction industry’s capacity to meet Hawaii’s growing needs.

Building Community and Legacy

HCATF apprentices are not just building structures; they are constructing futures and contributing to the community’s well-being. They take pride in their work, sharing their skills for the betterment of the community and embodying HCATF’s mission of nurturing skilled workers who carry the values of their community. The program’s focus on mentorship, skill development, and community involvement ensures that apprentices like Bradley and Kai are well-equipped to make a meaningful impact.

Two headshots of Maui apprentices who were interviewed on their program experience.

The Future is Bright 

Looking ahead, HCATF’s commitment to empowering individuals through apprenticeships is crucial. By fostering a legacy of dedicated, community-minded individuals, the program ensures the construction industry’s vitality and the community’s prosperity. As more individuals like Bradley and Kai embark on this empowering journey, they lay the groundwork for a flourishing Hawaii—one apprentice, one family, and one community at a time.

The Takeaway 

The HCATF apprenticeship programs are more than just training pathways; they are lifelines that empower individuals, uplift families, and strengthen communities. By investing in the future of Hawaii’s workforce, HCATF is not just building structures but nurturing the spirit of ‘ohana and paving the way for a prosperous tomorrow.


The quotes in this article and the following interview may have been edited for clarity and conciseness. However, every effort has been made to ensure that the original intent and context of the speakers’ messages have been maintained. To discover more about the transformative journey of apprentices like Chad Murayama and others, visit HCATF’s website and explore the various paths to success they offer.

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