The Ho’oikaika Partnership is a cross-sector coalition of community-based organizations, individuals, county and state agencies committed to preventing child abuse and neglect in Maui County. We are providers of health and human services such as early childhood and parent educators, social workers, public health nurses, substance abuse counselors, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, and others concerned with ensuring our keiki grow up healthy, safe and supported.
Our roots began in 2007, with research that identified the need for collaboration among public and private partners to prevent child maltreatment in Maui County. From a five person team receiving training on coalition building and the protective factors, to developing strategic plans and logic models, we’ve evolved to serve as a convener of agencies involved in the prevention of child abuse and neglect in Maui County – to improve coordination of efforts, increase partnerships, support the workforce, and further the use of evidence-based approaches, especially the protective factors.
Ho’oikaika Partnership’s mission is to strengthen and expand the system of supports in Maui County by building a strong prevention and provider network that supports collaboration, shares knowledge and resources, and shapes policy to prevent child maltreatment. It is our vision that our ‘ohana are healthy, safe and supported.
We Act with Purpose – We Embrace Opportunities
We Embrace Meaningful Outcomes – We Strive for Continuous Improvement
All partners have strengths and are valued. All persons within the Partnership have an equal voice working together in relationships based on equality and respect.
Together we are stronger in spirit and action than we are alone. We embrace opportunities to collaborate to improve the safety and well-being of our ʻohana.
We recognize and acknowledge the contributions of all partners. We foster a 3 learning culture and remain open to new ideas. We do not bring attention to oneself; instead, we act as a whole.
We honor primary caregivers and recognize that they are their children’s first teachers. We act with confidence knowing that strengthening protective factors are in the best interest of our ʻohana.
Our responsibility is to keep our children safe. We are privileged to work together, educating the community, and embracing promising, emerging, and best practices.
We act with purpose. We are sensitive and respectful in our approach, recognizing the wide range of culturally diverse needs of our community. We take risks together to do what is right for our ʻohana.
Our 10 core and supporting partners of our leadership hui provide leadership, vision, strategic direction, in-kind and financial support that is essential to sustaining a thriving coalition.
Maui Family Support Services
MFSS provides family strengthening support services & work collectively towards preventing child abuse & neglect. MFSS is the fiscal agent for Ho’oikaika Partnership.
Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui
FCJC is a private, non-profit corporation, made of community & business leaders concerned with the social welfare of children & families who experience abuse & severe neglect.
Imua Family Services
Imua Family Services (Imua) is a non-profit proudly serving Maui, Molokai, and Lana’i since 1947, while connecting with communities around the world. Imua believes discovery and play are the heart that drive children’s success onwards; in fact, the word Imua in Hawaiian means to “move forward.”
Child & Family Services
Since 1899, CFS is a nonprofit strengthening families & the healthy development of children. We have counseling & therapeutic programs statewide to help those affected by trauma, abuse & neglect, & to prevent generational poverty.
Maui Family Peace Center - Parents & Children Together
Maui FPC seeks to bring peace to Hawaii’s families by offering safety, support, and empowerment to victims/ survivors & their children exposed to domestic violence, & accountability to offenders. We have provided domestic violence services on Maui since 1994.
Maui Family Guidance Center - CAMHD
The Department of Health’s CAMHD provides timely & effective mental health prevention, assessment & treatment services to children & youth with emotional & behavioral challenges, & their families. Eligibility through Department of Education (IDEA Eligible) or Med-Quest Insurance.
Hawaii Dept of Health - Family Health Services
The Department of Health’s Family Health Services assures the availability of & access to preventive & protective health services for individuals & families by providing leadership & collaboration with communities & partners. Programs: Women, Infants, Children Supplemental Nutrition, Early Intervention, Children w/ Special Health Needs, & Maternal & Child Health Programs.
Child Welfare Services
Child Welfare Services (CWS) are services provided by the Department of Human Services (DHS), Social Services Division (SSD), Child Welfare Services Branch to children and their families when the children are reported to have been abused and/or neglected or are reported to be at risk for abuse and/or neglect.
Since 1996, Maui enrolls about 1,100 K-12 students on an 80-acre campus in Pukalani. We fulfill Princess Pauahi’s desire to create educational opportunities to improve the capability & well-being of people of Hawaiian ancestry. We champion every Hawaiian learner to explore their potential to lead our lāhui and inspire the world.
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We welcome a wide range of community members, many who are providers of health and human services such as early childhood and parent educators, social workers, public health nurses, substance abuse counselors, law enforcement, faith-based leaders, and others concerned with ensuring our keiki grow up healthy, safe and supported. We ask our community to join us on our mission and vision for Maui County.
Our work at Hoʻoikaika Partnership is made possible through the generous funding from our donors including those listed below and many more. Maui Family Support Services is the fiscal agent for Hoʻoikaika Partnership.
Our logo is the hukilau or net, which serves to remind us that our strength is in working together to make sure that our safety net has no puka’s (holes). In this effort, we work together in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
As we join together to create a safety net for our ʻohana and keiki, in the logo, the net is illustrated as the 3-dimensional triangular shape representing the partners joining arms to produce a safety net for the ‘ohana. The diamond shaped fish represents the ʻohana and keiki we are serving. The name of the partnership is to the left, indicating that the partners are also part of the ʻohana we endeavor to keep safe and supported. The triangular net points to the right, indicating we are committed to keep moving forward together.
The color selection represents the blue and purple shading that reminds us of the bruising and pain that comes from child abuse and neglect. The colors are on the lighter and brighter shade to signify how we are working to PREVENT child abuse and neglect. The green also symbolizes life and growth towards health, wellness and safety. The 3 colors also denote the core colors of the ocean and aligned with our Hukilau* theme.
* A hukilau is a way of fishing invented by the ancient Hawaiians. The word comes from huki, meaning pull, and lau, meaning leaves. A large number of people, usually family and friends, would work together in casting the net from shore and then pulling it back. The net was lined with ti leaves, which would help scare the fish into the center of the net. Consistent with the Hawaiian subsistence economy, anybody who helped could share in the catch and celebrate their successes together.