By Lokelani Kalama
Have you ever wondered what services Liliʻuokalani Trust (LT) provides and how to access them?
The Mālama Line was established to provide caregivers of Native Hawaiian children with a convenient way to learn about LT eligibility and statewide services. This is one way that LT continues to mālama our kamaliʻi and ‘ohana.
The line is available everyday. Live hours are offered during the week (Tuesday – Thursday afternoons) and voicemails can be left at any time. We are striving to respond to calls within one business day.
In 1909, Queen Liliʻuokalani established her trust to serve orphaned and destitute Native Hawaiian children. Today, LT is expanding its programs to also serve children from early childhood (0 to 3 years old) and young adults (18 to 26 years old).
As we continue to expand services across a continuum from inception to young adulthood, we offer programs rooted in Hawaiian culture and values through Social Services and Youth Development.
Social Services offers trauma-informed social-emotional supports for individuals and families. Our program’s aim is to strengthen relationships and address social-emotional needs of children and their families. We work with families to identify their assets and needs, and create a family plan to achieve their goals. Services include addressing behavior, conflict, or grief or loss due to the death of a family member or the absence of a parent.
Youth Development cultivates opportunities for Native Hawaiian youth to develop and amplify their inherent strengths and potential as they explore different pathways and programs. Offerings vary by community, may occur during school hours or after school, and primarily serve kamaliʻi in middle and high school. Some programs may have a specialized focus such as art, music, sports, entrepreneurship, STEM, leadership development, or post-high school planning.
If you are interested in our services, please call the Mālama Line at (808) 466-8080.
To learn more about LT, visit our website at onipaa.org and follow us on Instagram: LT and LT ʻŌpio.
Lokelani Kalama is from Hāna, Maui and is a practice development advisor at Liliʻuokalani Trust.