Parenting Skills for Healthy Children

Nurturing relationships between parents and their children is central to providing a strong foundation for healthy growth and development of our youngest keiki. Cultivating these bonds is at the core of INPEACE’s Hi‘ilei program, which utilizes the Parents as Teachers (PAT) national model. Our Parent Educators help parents learn and develop new skills and strategies to support their child’s growth, body and mind.

Hi‘ilei provides in-home visits to families with children, prenatal to 3 years old. Weekly, bi-monthly, or monthly visits deliver high-quality, comprehensive lessons which are tailored to meet individual family needs.  The goal of Hi‘ilei’s services is to empower parents to be their children’s first teachers so their keiki get the best possible start in life.

Hi‘ilei in 2019


keiki served (83% were Native Hawaiian)


of parents who participated reported increased confidence in their parenting knowledge and skills


of participating keiki have a regular medical provider, helping to prevent possible health issues from hindering early learning

Awards & Designations

In 2017 and 2018, INPEACE was awarded the Parents as Teachers Blue Ribbon status. To achieve this designation, our affiliate met or exceeded all 17 essential requirements and also met 93% of the additional PAT quality standards.

Members of INPEACE’s Hi‘ilei team provided 235 parents with education and skill-building activities through over 2,125 home visits in 2019.

Hi‘ilei expanded its services in 2018 to include nutrition and fitness education during Group Connections gatherings, by helping enrolled families build early literacy libraries, and by increasing organizational partnerships on the Wai‘anae Coast. All of this supports our commitment to strengthening parenting skills and nurturing healthy keiki through the provision of high-quality services to families in need in Waiʻanae and on Molokaʻi.

Our Parent Educators are PAT Certified

Hi‘ilei’s Parent Educators are PAT Certified, have early childhood education field experience and academic backgrounds, and engage in year-round professional development. Coming from the communities they serve, our Parent Educators are deeply committed to working with families and contributing to their growth as parents.

Hi‘ilei in Practice

The Hi‘ilei Foundational Curriculum and Parenting Education

The Hi‘ilei foundational curriculum focuses on four main points of development: language, cognitive, social, and motor skills.  Through Hi‘ilei’s curriculum and guidance, parents discover how they can help their keiki develop these functions early on. And, because every keiki and family is different, our Parent Educators tailor each lesson plan to meet specific family needs. Curriculum topics include:

  • Healthy births
  • Early childhood education
  • Brain development
  • Keiki health
  • Nutrition

Parent Educators also provide developmental screenings that can lead to timely referrals that support keiki’s growth.

To achieve this designation, our affiliate met or exceeded all 17 essential requirements and also met 93% of the additional PAT quality standards.

“After I gave birth, I learned about tummy time & face-to-face to help with baby’s development… He is learning very fast. When I was pregnant, I learned talking to my tummy would help with baby’s speech and it’s clear it really worked.”

What’s Included in Hi‘ilei Home Visits?

Information on child growth and development

Hands-on activities for parents to work with their child

Recognition and solution development for parent and child concerns

Additional resources and referrals

Parents and caregivers work with their Parent Educators to set and accomplish important family goals. Hi‘ilei also offers monthly Group Connection sessions for multiple families, allowing parents to meet and support each other through various stages of keiki development.

The INPEACE Hi‘ilei Program is offered in Waiʻanae, Kapolei and on Molokaʻi. Please call 808-620-9043 to register.

Your Donation Impacts the Community

Your donation helps to provide Parent Educators with the supplies to compile resource kits for parents to create interactive activities that they can use with their child to develop cognitive and motor skills. Donations like yours also allow future Parent Educators to pursue higher levels of learning in order to continue to strengthen their communities.


Our Program Supporters

This project is supported by the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) Maternal and Child Health Branch and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under D89MC28280, Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program, for grant amount $83,809.00 and X10MC29466, Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Homevisiting Grant Program, for grant amount $231,191.00, with 7 percent financed with nongovernmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by DOH, HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

The Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund was established in 1993 by state legislation, Chapter 350B of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, creating both a fund at the Hawaii Community Foundation, and a public-private partnership between the Department of health and the Hawaii Community Foundation. The purpose of the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund is to support and resource organizations and programs that work to prevent child abuse and  neglect so that Hawaii’s keiki reach their full potential.