Na ‘Ohana O La‘i‘Ōpua
La‘i‘Ōpua 2020 is partnering with several local agencies and organizations to provide an array of valuable services and programs together in one place. Once completed, the La‘i‘Ōpua Community Center will serve as a model for future projects by fostering collaboration among service providers, and improving public access to services and programs, and life-enhancing activities on the island.
A private, non-profit service organization that has assisted Native Hawaiians in their efforts to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency since 1975, Alu Like offers a comprehensive range of services and activities to fill identified needs in the Native Hawaiian community, including community economic development, business assistance, employment preparation, training, library services, educational and childcare services for families with young children.
Founded in 1899, CFS is the oldest human services organization in Hawaii, working with at-risk youth and families to provide a stable home environment and foster the healthy development of children. Through effective outreach and education programs, we serve everyone from keiki (infants and children) to kupuna (elderly).
As one of two state agencies devoted to the general welfare of Na Po‘e Maole (the Native Hawaiian people), DHHL is entrusted to manage the State’s Hawaiian Home Lands trust effectively and to develop and deliver lands to Native Hawaiians, and is committed to partnering with others at La‘i‘Ōpua to develop self-sufficient and healthy communities in North Kona.
Founded in 1979 by members of the community who were concerned about the life-long consequences of child abuse and neglect, FSSWH provides prevention and early childhood intervention services to individuals and families in West Hawai‘i.
FCJC-WH provides support to the Children’s Justice Center of West Hawai‘i, a State of Hawai‘i Judiciary program, which provides a safe and child-friendly environment where children are interviewed by trained professionals about allegations of child abuse and neglect and/or as witnesses to felony crimes. The FCJC-WH also assists children who have been traumatized by sexual abuse, physical abuse and/or neglect or children who have been witnesses to felony crimes, by sponsoring participation in healing activities that “help a victim become a child again.”
The County of Hawai‘i has long sited a regional park as part of its original regional master plan for North Kona, and the La‘i‘Ōpua complex’s aquatic center and recreational facilities, which are being developed in partnership with Kealakehe High School, will be managed by the Department as part of its existing system.
Kamehameha Schools Community-Based Early Childhood Education curriculum and programming are based on the belief that children learn best through positive, supportive relationships with peers, teachers, families and community members. Positive relationships are fostered through natural conversations, social dramatic play, planned activities, celebrations and scheduled events where everyone participates together as a group. In addition, learning about and integrating cultural information and practicing Hawaiian values such as Aloha, Mālama, Pono, Kuleana, Laulima and Lokmaika‘i are encouraged as part of everyday preschool life.
A public high school located adjacent to the proposed Community Center complex, Kealakehe High School’s vision is Harmony, Unity and Community for everyone every time and encourages partnerships among students, parents, faculty, staff and community by offering a curriculum which will address multi-intelligences and awareness; providing a safe environment which expects mutual respect; providing opportunities where all students can develop their gifts and talents to be productive members of the community.
Founded in 1986, the Center provides a supportive and nurturing environment for adults with special needs who are transitioning between hospital and home care, with dignity, compassion and a clear understanding of the range of abilities and limitations of each participant.
The Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i is a public interest, not-for-profit law firm dedicated to achieving fairness and justice for Hawai‘i’s people through quality legal representation, advocacy, advice, community partnerships, education and outreach.
NPK provides programs and services that focus on the welfare of children and families; including counseling services, linkages and referrals, parent education classes and family support activities. Outreach workers help families who have fallen between the cracks of other agencies services, assisting with basic needs including applying for housing, childcare, or financial aid, and working to connect families to resources for substance abuse, anger management, domestic violence and more.
Founded through a mandate of the Hawai‘i State Constitution as amended in 1978, OHA’s motto Ho‘oulu Lāhui Aloha (to raise a beloved nation) serves to inspire its mission to mālama (protect) Hawai‘i’s people and environmental resources and OHA’s assets, toward ensuring the perpetuation of the culture, the enhancement of lifestyle and the protection of entitlements of Native Hawaiians, while enabling the building of a strong and healthy Hawaiian people and nation, recognized nationally and internationally.
A social services arm of the Queen Lili‘uokalani Trust, QLCC is entrusted by provisions of Her Majesty’s will to carry forward her commitment to provide for “the benefit of orphan and other destitute children in the Hawaiian Islands, the preference to be given to Hawaiian children of pure or part aboriginal blood.” Its efforts are focused upon on strengthening families so that they are better able to support the development of healthy, resilient children.
Villages of La‘i‘Opua Master Association (VOL)
VOL represents the Native Hawaiian homestead community in Village Three of the Villages of La‘i‘Ōpua in the Kealakehe Ahapua‘a of North Kona, and through its non-profit subsidiary La‘i‘Ōpua 2020 serves residents by providing social services and programs that contribute vocationally, recreationally, socially, spiritually, and culturally to the growing communities of Kealakehe.
Founded in 2005, WHCHCs mission is to make quality, comprehensive, and integrated health services accessible to all who pass through our doors regardless of their ability to pay. These services will be culturally sensitive and will promote community well-being through the practice of “Malama pono.” At WHCHC our vision is that together, we are building a healthy community, like weaving lauhala, to nurture strong, productive individuals and families who live lokahi.