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Through collaborative partnerships, Ka Paʻalana delivers a continuum of care to homeless and at-risk families. Its outreach team provides basic necessities and serves as an initial contact point for families who are ready to transition to local shelters or temporary housing facilities. Preschool staff provide nationally accredited comprehensive family education, and Home Visiting staff provide personal follow up and support.

While keiki are learning in preschool, parents are equipped with practical skills and knowledge on topics such as:

  • How to support your child’s learning
  • Health and nutrition
  • Job readiness
  • Trauma-informed care
  • Computers and technology
  • Hawaiian culture.

Keiki and caregivers learn together and are positioned for health and success!

Ka Paʻalana is funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Kamehameha Schools, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA), and Aloha United Way.


People served since program inception.

Transformational Growth

Ka Paʻalana inspires and equips keiki and adults, and gives them the tools they need: an educational foundation, parenting skills, and support to achieve family success.

NAEYC Accreditation

NAEYC Accreditation

In March of 2013, Ka Pa‘alana had the honor to be the first preschool serving homeless families to receive NAEYC accreditation. To receive this accreditation, Ka Paʻalana’s Hope Shelter site went through an extensive self-study and quality-improvement process. This was followed by an on-site visit from NAEYC Assessors to verify and ensure that the program met each of the 10 program standards, and hundreds of corresponding individual criteria. NAEYC-accredited programs must always be prepared for unannounced quality assurance visits during their accreditation term, which lasts five years.

In March of 2018, Ka Pa‘alana was re-accredited for an additional five years. 

Mahalo to our families and partners for helping the program achieve such high standards for our children!

Learn about the NAEYC

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality learning for all young children, from birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. It is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children.

For more than 30 years the NAEYC has worked across the country to implement best practices and develop a consistent understanding of how to achieve and maintain high quality, research-based education that prepares children for future success. The path to accreditation is a four-step process that functions as a mechanism by which early learning programs demonstrate their commitment to high-quality early childhood education.

Program Components

Program Components

Mālama Mobile is a “first contact” homeless outreach that provides a modified center-based preschool experience for at-risk families near coastal beach parks and homeless families living at beach parks. Families receive canned and dried goods as well as educational and social services with partners from local shelters, outreach agencies, and government bodies. Adult educational services include goal-setting and budgeting, vocational training, job placement and GED preparation.

This is a Family-Child Interaction Learning (FCIL) program that provides services at various shelters, public housing facilities and neighborhoods on the Leeward coast of Oʻahu. The two-hour-a-day, twice-a-week program provides pre-and post-testing, portfolio assessment, and referrals for health and developmental needs through community partners, parenting classes and TANF program education. The curriculum meets the Hawaiʻi Early Learning and Development Standards and the “Learning to Grow” Infant and Toddler Development Guidelines.

Four hours a day, four days a week, families participate in the Family Education Services. Parents engage with their child for the first two hours of the program, then participate in various adult education and life skills programs while their children receive an intensive, developmentally-appropriate education through preschool teachers and assistants.


91-1034 Lauia Street, #2
Kapolei, HI 96707

Phone (808) 596-8711
Fax (808) 596-8716

Hawaiʻi Island

26 Hoku Street
Hilo, HI 96720

Phone (808) 934-8711

Recent News

Recent News

Ka Paʻalana Extends Distance Learning

Jul 31, 2020

Ka Paʻalana has announced plans to extend physical site closures through October 31st, 2020.

Celebrating Dr. Seuss with Ka Paʻalana

Mar 5, 2020

Our Ka Paʻalana’s HOPE Shelter site celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with green pancakes and SPAM and some favorite stories.

ʻEleu Rally for FCIL

Feb 13, 2020

The annual ʻEleu rally for Family-Child Interaction Learning (FCIL) was held at the Hawaiʻi State Capitol building alongside our ʻEleu partners Keiki O Ka ʻĀina and INPEACE.

Ka Paʻalana Completes Renovations

Feb 7, 2020

Our Ka Paʻalana and Ke Kama Pono programs recently finished some much-needed renovations on the classroom yurts at our Hope Shelter site.