Are you a Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander māmā looking for culturally-rooted education and care during your pregnancy, birth, and postpartum journey? Are you seeking a connection with a community of supportive titas? Are you interested in empowering yourself, your ʻohana, and future generations? If so, nā wāhine o Kalauokekahuli are here for you.
Our hui, Kalauokekahuli, encourages the healthy growth of Kanaka Maoli and Pasifika families by supporting and enhancing the well-being of birthing people, parents, and babies with holistic, multi-generational, and culturally-rooted care. In our work, we also seek to revitalize and normalize ʻŌiwi prenatal, birth, and postpartum practices by foregrounding ʻike kūpuna and Indigenous knowledge.
Thanks to generous funding by Hawaiʻi People’s Fund, Women’s Fund of Hawaiʻi, Papa Ola Lōkahi, and community donors, we are able to center the care and support of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander families through a number of programs and services. Whether you are hāpai with your first child or beyond, pregnant wahine are welcome to join our monthly virtual gathering, Ka Hua o ka Pūʻao, to connect with one another and to prepare for motherhood. After birth, makuahine are welcome to join our Ua Puka a Maka group to talk story about the transformation of parenthood. Both groups are facilitated by Kalauokekahuli’s working doulas who also periodically teach other workshops and sessions.
In addition to monthly support groups, and in response to the vital need for birth and postpartum support during the pandemic, Kalauokekahuli conceived Ka Laʻi o Hauola and Pili Kau, Pili Hoʻoilo to offer distance birth and postpartum support. We also attend home births, and now that our doulas are in partnership with Maui Health, we are excited to be able to provide in-person birth support in the hospital once again. No matter the setting, Kalauokekahuli will always advocate for Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander mamas and babies by providing access to high-quality prenatal, birth, and postpartum education and services to positively influence maternal and infant outcomes.
We would love to connect and support Kanaka Maoli and Pasifika mamas during this special time, and we graciously welcome donations from those who feel called to give back to these communities. Please get in touch with us today, and keep an eye out for future workshops and events, by following us on Instagram at @kalauokekahuli, connecting with us via our website at www.kalauokekahuli.org, or by calling us at (808)870-8546.
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