Maui’s Friends of the Children’s Justice Center and Ho’oikaika Promoting Protective Factors

Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui and Ho‘oikaika Partnership invite Maui County keiki and families to attend a special kick-off event to help celebrate National Child Abuse Prevention Month in April. Please join us in promoting the protective factors to prevent child abuse by attending the Mayor’s Proclamation and special performance by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band on Monday, April 4th at Maui County Building Front Lawn at 9:00am.

Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui and Ho‘oikaika Partnership are collaborating with Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band once again to raise awareness about child abuse prevention and to promote the protective factors. The Band’s unique interactive concerts encourage parents and children to connect with each other and other parents and children while dancing, singing and moving to inspirational songs of love and caring for each other.

The Partnership is committed, caring, and passionate in what they do. As acclaimed anthropologist Margaret Mead once said, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”

Maui County Child Abuse Prevention Month Activities are also sponsored by Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund through the Hawaii Community Foundation, Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii and State of Hawaii Department of Health. These partners are coming together because in addition to being National Child Abuse Prevention Month, April is also the Month of the Young Child. It is appropriate that the two occur in the same month because 43% of child maltreatment victims nationally and in Hawai‘i are under the age of five.

Maui County Child Abuse Prevention Events for April 2016
Monday, April 4, 9am-11am: Mayor’s Proclamation and concert by Uncle Wayne and the Howling Dog Band, Maui County Building Front Lawn in Wailuku
Tuesday, April 5, 3pm: Reading of Mayor’s Proclamation, Dole Administration Building, Lanai.

About Ho‘oikaika Partnership
The Ho‘oikaika Partnership is a coalition of over 50 Maui County agencies and individuals committed to preventing child abuse and neglect. The work of the Partnership is guided by the Core Partners: Edeluisa Baguio-Larena, Chief Executive Officer, Maui Family Support Services; Jeny Bissell, Family Health Services Division Supervisor, Maui District Health Office; Nicole Hokoana, Director, Child & Family Service Maui County Programs; Tina Kiyabu-Crowell, Quality Assurance Specialist, Maui Family Guidance Center; Bobbie-Jo Moniz-Tadeo, Program Director and Early Childhood Specialist, Imua Family Services; Paul Tonnessen, Executive Director, Friends of the Children’s Justice Center of Maui.
For a complete listing of the Ho‘oikaika Partnership members and for child abuse prevention resources including brochures about the Protective Factors, please visit
If you would like more information about the Ho‘oikaika Partnership, contact Ashley Santander, Partnership Coordinator, at [email protected] or 808-280-9714.



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