Youth & Family
Our youth represent our hopes and our community’s future. KKV’s Youth Services program aims to support Kalihi Valley’s children through all stages of life, building character and enthusiasm in our keiki and `opio through fun and educational activities. From tennis to gardening to the Kalihi Valley Instructional Bike Exchange (KVIBE), our caring staff provide safe spaces and opportunities for youth to build strong relationships with each other, with mentors, with their community, and within themselves.
Since 1991, dedicated coach Vailima Watson has used the sport of tennis to impact the lives of thousands of Kalihi youth. KKV's Tennis Teams practice year-round at the Kalihi Valley District Park and Farrington High School. Active members of the Hawaii USTA Junior League, our teams are often recognized not only for their skill, but for their sportsmanship, representing the best of Kalihi!
Through our Lei Hipu'u Program, Kalihi Valley youth are empowered to uplift their ancestral histories and cultures, learning from the past the strength to move forward. The Pacific Voices project is working to perpetuate cultural art forms and history through after-school programming, performances and team sports. Hula classes are providing a venue for youth of all backgrounds to bring forth their own best selves. And through community mapping and oral histories, the Kalihi Calls project is creating safe, positive spaces where youth and families can begin exploring and healing social traumas while perpetuating cultural knowledge and a strong sense of belonging.
KKV’s Family Strengthening program empowers parents to improve their economic status, enhance self-sufficiency and confidence, develop healthy lifestyles, and better support their family. Skills and confidence gained through English as a Second Language (ESL) classes, the Seams Wonderful women's sewing program, and lessons on nutritional cooking, computer and job search skills and stress management enable participants to better negotiate their life as community members and parents.