Opportunity Youth Action Hui Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center
Opportunity Youth Action Hui Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center

The Opportunity Youth Action Hui (OYAH) is a unique collaboration of state and nonprofit agencies at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center, reflecting a central campus as a puʻuhonua, or place of peace, safety, and healing for Hawaiʻi's most vulnerable youth and young adults. Services offered share the vision to empower and equip youth with the skills needed for long-term success and independent living. Our Kupa 'Aina program is a partner of this initiative. You can learn more about the other organizations involved and how to support them below.

Hale Lanipōlua Assessment Center (HLAC)

Hale Kipa, or “House of Friendliness,” is a multi-service, fully accredited 501(c)(3) nonprofit agency that specializes in working with at-risk youth and their families who often have nowhere else to turn.. Hale Kipa’s Hale Lanipōlua Assessment Center on O‘ahu is open to youth ages 12 through 17 who are victims/survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking.

Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF)

HYCF is the statewide juvenile prison that works closely with the courts and the Office of Youth Services to ensure that any commitment to the HYCF is a last resort—after all community-based services have been exhausted. Identification of community-based programs, such as those offered by KYFWC, as alternatives to incarceration is ongoing.

Kinai ʻEha

Kinai ‘Eha aims to provide an alternative education option to ‘ōpio (youth) that are in need of and seeking purpose, personal empowerment, education, Hawaiian cultural identity and connection, workforce training in construction and the trades, community service and leadership.

Olomana School

Olomana School, part of Hawaii Department of Education, is an alternative-education school that offers classes for students in seventh grade through twelfth grade all while giving students a fresh start in the journey for education.

Residential Youth Services and Empowerment (RYSE)

Residential Youth Services and Empowerment (RYSE), a 501(c)(3) operates an access center where Hawai‘i’s street youth are assessed and referred to appropriate support services. Youth in the target range of 18-24 have access to a safe temporary living space specifically designed to address their unique needs. The access center offers coordinated programs and services to build a path towards reintegration into mainstream society.


‘Eleu is a collective of five early childhood education agencies that believe by advocating together with one voice, we can ensure that the children and communities of Hawaiʻi will continue to flourish. The organizations share expertise in Family-Child Interaction Learning. Please click the boxes below to learn more about the organizations that make up the partnership.

'Aha Pūnana Leo

ʻAha Pūnana Leo strives to ensure that the Hawaiian Language lives. Rooted in their mission to drive and inspire change to ensure a living Hawaiian language in Hawaiʻi and beyond,. 


ALU LIKE, Inc. is a private, non-profit service organization that has assisted Native Hawaiians in their efforts to achieve social and economic self-sufficiency. ALU LIKE, Inc. has 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.

Institute for Native Pacific Enducation and Culture (INPEACE)

INPEACE, the Institute for Native Pacific Education and Culture, is committed to improving the quality of life for Native Hawaiians through community partnerships that provide educational opportunities and promote self-sufficiency.

Keiki O Ka ‘Āina Family Learning Centers (KOKA)

Keiki O Ka `Āina Family Learning Centers (KOKA-FLC) works to educate children, strengthen families, enrich communities, and perpetuate culture.



KYFWC on Ka Wai Ola news

January 5, 2021

The Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center are highlighted as a puʻuhonua, or place to heal, for at-risk youth in hawaiʻi.

PIDF Supports Youth, ʻĀina

December 1, 2020

PIDF partners with state agencies and nonprofits to support opportunity youth at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center.

Mari’s Gardens Gives Back to Hui Hoʻomalu

March 3, 2020

Mari’s Gardens’ YOGA in the Gardens event raised over $1,100 for Hui Hoʻomalu.

Huakaʻi with United Airlines

February 18, 2020

One of our Tūtū and Me Traveling Preschool teams on Oʻahu went on a huakaʻi last month to learn about United Airlines.