From Student to Staff

INPEACE Keiki Steps has been engaging young children and their families in early learning since 1999, serving as the first stepping stone in each keiki’s educational journey. Our programming has afforded us many opportunities to build relationships with ʻohana that last well beyond program graduation, allowing us to watch keiki grow and develop even through high school and college.

INPEACE is now privileged to have four previous Keiki Steps participants join our staff. Though this falls in line with our philosophy of hiring from community, we never could have anticipated hiring the infants and toddlers who took their first keiki steps with us 20 years ago. What’s more, two of these new staff members are now working alongside their mothers, truly reinforcing our commitment to the families we serve.

Photo: From left to right: Jesse Mikasobe-Kealiʻinohomoku (Educational Pathway Coach- Ka Lama Education Academy) , Timiel Muraoka (Data Specialist), Georgiana Rosa, Lisa Pakele, Joy Stevens, Katia Watson (Accountant) , and Michelle Mahuka. Not pictured: Cayenne Gabaylo (Teacher’s Aide – Keiki Steps). Jesse, Timiel, and Katia are joined by their kumu – Georgiana, Lisa, Joy and Michelle.