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Friends of Hana Keiki Accomplishments

Since its inception, Friend of Hana Keiki has accomplished many things and expanded our program offerings. Some of our significant accomplishments include:

  • Implementation of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library program. This program currently serves over 40 pre-school children in the Hana District providing them with monthly, age-appropriate books which promotes early reading skills and school readiness.

  • Implementation of the Keiki Garden program which focuses on learning to grow and feed your family healthy foods and about agriculture as a career.  The garden was started in 2010 by teacher Gina Lind with a $500 Community Advisory grant from Young Brothers.  The garden is now 20 x 40 and the children love taking care of it.

  • The Hana Skate Park is now a reality. Working in a public/private partnership with Maui County the 8,000 square foot park opened April 27, 2012.

  • Friend of Hana Keiki made it possible for over $20,000 in new scholarships to be awarded to Hana School graduating seniors in 2011.

  • Friends of Hana Keiki received a $2000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation to buy school supplies for students. We continue to raise funds for needed supplies which are not funded through regular budgets.

  • Friends of Hana Keiki has become a registered government contractor. This makes it possible for the organization to apply for and receive Federal grant money.

 

 

  • Summer 2011: Dolly Parton Imagination Library Program Comes to the Hana District

Hana, HI—Children under the age of five who live between Keanae and Kaupo can receive a new book each month until their fifth birthday at no cost to their family.  The Friends of Hana Keiki—a non-profit devoted to improving the lives of Hana area children—is partnering with Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to register children for this program which promotes family reading and school readiness. 

            Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a free, age appropriate book each month to any registered child under the age of five.  The Friends of Hana Keiki provides the community funds of $30 a year for each child registered. Dolly Parton started the Imagination Library program in her hometown in eastern Tennessee in 1996.  The program has distributed more than 25 million books since its inception.

Studies have shown that one of the biggest factors in a child’s success isn’t any of the things most people assume to be true.  Family income, parental education and race have less to do with academic success than the sheer number of words parents speak to their children.

 “Books are so important for children and their development,” said Tina Ames, Chairman of Friends of Hana Keiki.  “Making sure children have books at home and encouraging families to read together is a way to truly make a difference in our community.” 

Friends of Hana Keiki is a newly formed, non-profit organization located in Hana.  The mission of Friends of Hana Keiki is to provide support to children of the Hana District by developing, promoting and funding programs that enhance academic achievement, social and emotional development, cultural enrichment, physical fitness and facilities that serve area children.  The organization’s goal is to fill the gaps due to Hana’s isolation and fund desperately needed programs for children and their families. 

            Imagination Library registration forms are available at the Hana Public and School Library, Hana Health, Hana School Preschool and the Hana Kamehameha Preschool.  Donations can be mailed to Friends of Hana Keiki—Library Program, P.O. Box 631, Hana, HI 96713.  All donations will be used to fund books for local children.