Kākoʻo I Nā Keiki is a year-round community initiative developed by KAPA Radio (Pacific Radio Group). Events are scheduled and held island-wide to engage the community in  a common vision – to advance the common good for all Hawaiʻi Island keiki.

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Questions? Please call our office at (808) 935-6393.


The Kako’o I Na Keiki (Support the Children) Community Initiative targets children in need on Hawaii Island and provides items that kids need in the classroom to succeed.  With innovative and collaborative efforts, activities surrounding the Kako’o I Na Keiki initiative includes an Annual School Supply Drive, Slipper Drive and providing Kini’ai Food Care Packages during school intercession.  We reach out to private businesses and public venues via radio, online campaigns and social media to encourage community participation in each of our projects.


KAPA Hawaiian FM in partnership with the Hawaii Island United Way will be doing our annual School Supply Drive this month of July! Join us on Saturday July 30th in Both Hilo & Kona Walmart’s from 10a-2p. We will be accepting school supply donations which will be delivered to the schools the first week of school. We will also have HIUW reps on hand to receive any monetary donations, which will be used to purchase more school supplies. Please join us in our efforts! Mahalo to our sponsors:

HFS Federal Credit Union

BMW Hawaiʻi

Roberts Hawaiʻi

Goodfellow Brothers

Keauhou Shopping Center

Hawaiʻi Community Federal Credit Union

Minoo Elison-Realtor

Darl C. Gleed & Associates Law Offices

Miller Surf

Mahalo to our Extraordinary Community Partners and Sponsors for the 2014 School Supply Drive
  • State of Hawaii, Department of Education
  • AFL-CIO Labor Community Services of Hawaii County
  • Alakaʻi Academy
  • Aloha Kia
  • Aloha Plus Storage
  • Auto Body Hawaii
  • Choice Mart
  • Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union
  • HFS Federal Credit Union
  • Keauhou Shopping Center
  • Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce
  • Mahina Cafe
  • Millers Surf
  • Sun Dried Specialties
  • Urgent Care Kona
  • Walterʻs Electric Co. / Laʻakea Solar

School Supply Impact Drive Report

The Kini’ai Food Care Package Project

The Kini’ai Food Care Package Project is our newest keiki initiative project.  We created this project to target children who need a little care package to help them and their families during winter break intersession.  In Hawaii it’s not uncommon for children to skip breakfast and lunch meals when they’re on school intercession breaks.  In collaboration with The Food Basket Inc., and existing community partners, Kako’o I Na Keiki addresses the need of children potentially skipping meals throughout the day during winter break. This initiative provides a healthy and well-balanced bag of food we call Care Packages for keiki on free and/or reduced lunch programs in Elementary Schools across the island.Visit the link below to see our Impact Report Results for Kini’ai Food Care Package Project

Each year a School Survey is distributed to each DOE Public Elementary School for feedback on their needs in the academic community.  Slippers is listed as a vital and is considered as a top need in our school system.  Children experience one of the following scenarios: a slipper breaks during the school day, comes to school barefoot or wearing inadequate footwear.  The Kako’o I Na Keiki Slipper Community Initiative addresses this need by donating slippers to Elementary schools throughout Hawaii Island.  We hold annual fundraising drives, encourage businesses and/or organizations to conduct internal slipper campaigns, seek community partners and sponsors and inspire participation from the community. Our goal is to target and touch as many children as possible in our Elementary Schools.
Check our latest Slipper Drive Results in the Impact Report Link below.

Slipper Impact Drive Report

Resources for Department of Education Partners

If your Elementary School hasn’t completed and returned this year’s School Survey please click the link below and return via fax to HIUW at 808-935-2553.  Completing these School Surveys helps assess the needs in your school and how we can improve our keiki initiative each year.

If you have any questions about Kako’o I Na Keiki Community Initiative, please contact Yuki Ka’ea Lyons (KAPA HWN FM- Radio) at 808-329-6633 or Kelcie Kohara at 808-935-6393.

Mahalo nui loa to all our sponsors!