As we head into our 25th year of service, we reflect on the growth of our organization, our staff, and the individuals who have honored us with their trust, their keiki and their families. Our programs have grown from a simple presence on the Wai’anae Coast to serving over 5,000 individuals annually across four islands. We have prioritized the empowerment of Native Hawaiian communities through early childhood education, cultural knowledge, teacher development and economic opportunities.
At it’s core, one could make the case that our work is all about legacy. We are dedicated to making long term, generational prosperity a reality for the people of Hawai‘i. Over two decades of services have produced a living legacy of empowered people. In the case of Keiki Steps, some of our earliest students are now approaching their college degrees, each of them a wonderful story of perseverance and dedication, and each of them embodying the dreams of their ‘ohana while pursuing their own.
Featured in this issue are examples of those core values: three former Keiki Steps students who are now high school graduates headed to college, a family building their first home, a staff Give-Back Day, a forward thinking Board Member committed to INPEACE’s mission, and a beloved program on the brink of disappearing.
I hope you find these stories enlightening and inspiring. Your support means the world to us, as you are also – undeniably – a part of our legacy.
Me kealoha pumehana,
Maile Keli‘ipio-Acoba, Chief Executive Officer
We’ve embedded hyperlinks throughout the digital newsletter to add to your experience. Furthermore, all but one of these stories has a video counterpart on INPEACE’s Youtube channel.