Ho’oikaika Annual Conference

Save the Date for 2022!  Our conference will take place virtually again this year on September 29th.

The annual Ho’oikaika Conference is one of the primary ways we build our capacity as health and human service providers.  To join the conference planning committee, apply to present, or become a sponsor, please contact Ho’oikaika Coordinator Deb Marois.


Overall, attending this conference has ignited more passion within me to rise up and step into my position on the canoe and paddle in unity with everyone else around me.

Reflecting on Hoʻokūpaʻa: Remaining Steadfast During Challenging Times

Today’s conference was extremely heartfelt and inspiring. I was blown away by moʻoleloʻs, cultural protocol, and cultural practices shared, the conference enlightened me and provided me with new tools for my cultural competence tool kit.

Ho’oikaika Annual Conference October 13-14, 2021

We selected our theme to reinforce the ongoing commitment of service providers to utilize protective factors to prevent child abuse and neglect, which has proved increasingly more important during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our intention was for direct service staff and leadership to further develop the knowledge, skills, and self-resiliency needed to adapt to a new normal, provide safety for all children, and enhance organizational effectiveness.

To accomplish these goals, we offered three learning tracks that centered on trauma informed service delivery, cultural competencies and mental health, self-care and physical wellness.

The 2021 Ho’oikaika Annual conference received overwhelmingly positive responses from both new and repeat participants. Almost half the registered participants completed an evaluation. Of the 169 attendees (48%) that completed our 2021 post-conference evaluation survey:


      • 99% of respondents reported that the conference met or exceeded expectations.
      • 94% gained new tools to use with clients specifically related to increasing protective factors.
      • 91% feel more confident discussing issues related to trauma informed practices.
      • 90% feel more confident discussing issues related to cultural competencies.
      • 83% feel more confident discussing issues related to mental & physical wellness.

    The overall conference was amazing. Every session that I attended was filled with take-aways and resources that I will utilize with my staff and program.

    Mahalo to our Conference Sponsors:


        • Kamehameha Schools
        • Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui
        • Consuelo Foundation
        • Casey Family Programs