It is the mission of Keiki O Ka `Āina Family Learning Centers (KOKA-FLC) to Educate Children, Strengthen Families, Enrich Communities and Perpetuate Culture by:
• Incorporating research-based, age-appropriate curriculum
• Fostering parent/keiki participation
• Offering emotional wellness programs for parents
• Supporting culture and values within communities
• Providing employment opportunities and training for staff and parents
• Hosting Native Hawaiian enrichment activities
• Preparing curriculum written and translated into Hawaiian
Across the state Keiki O Ka Aina’s vision is that Hawaii’s keiki begin their life-long journey of learning with the attitudes and skills necessary for success. They work to provide their community with the support systems and resources they need to become self-confident, self-determined and self-sustaining. “We see a Hawaiʻi where our programs flourish on every island, setting the standard for family-based education, from prenatal to families with keiki entering kindergarten. Strong communities are developed by building strong families. Reducing or eliminating barriers to literacy our families are invited to participate in new and established programs in ways that create the atmosphere and enhance the environment for real learning to occur.”
Maui Family Learning Centers
On Maui, their Keiki O Ka ‘Āina Parent Participation (PPP) and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY) Programs meet twice a week in the Wailuku and Makawao family learning centers. Rich science, math, language/literacy and art experiences are implemented to support hands-on learning and encourage parent/child interactions.
Through the Parents as Teachers (PAT) and HIPPY programs, home visits are available in central Maui for families who are expecting or have children through age 5. Visits are centered around the parent and child, where activities are designed to be age-appropriate, promote healthy relationships, and school-readiness.
The Hawaiian culture, its language, traditions and values, holds a unique identity of the people. By participating in activities of the culture, the community maintains its distinctive character and personality. Keiki O Ka Aina infuses the Hawaiian culture into all its programs maintaining a strong cultural connection. For more information or how to enroll in their programs please call 808-868-4143.
Programs are funded by the *Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), Maternal and Child Health Branch and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Kamehameha Schools, and the Native Hawaiian Education Program Grant. *This project is/was supported by the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH), Maternal and Child Health Branch and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under D89MC28280 Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program for grant amount D89MC28280, Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, $1,691,600.00, 0% financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by DOH, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.