·          Attachment Parenting Support Group with Chris Hustace:  Wednesday, October 27th from 10-11AM, Tutu’s House.  Opportunity for attachment parenting community to come together; also open to anyone wanting to know about attachment parenting.  Contact Tutu’s House at 885-6777.

·          Healthy Meals For The Busy Ohana with Joan Campbell, MPH:  Thursday, October 14th from Noon-1PM, Tutu’s House.  Discover quick and easy dinner menu ideas, how to order a nutritious meal at the food court and other healthy timesaving meal ideas.  Contact Tutu’s House at 885-6777.

·          Positive Behavioral Techniques For Children with Victoria Husen, MACP Therapist:  Every Thursday in October from 11AM-Noon, Tutu’s House.  Open discussions and suggestions for positive behavioral intervention with a frustrating or difficult situation faced by parents.  Contact Tutu’s House at 885-6777.

·          Waldorf Inspired Early Children Study Group with Kether Hollabaugh, Director, Na ‘Ohana Anuenue:  Thursday, October 14th from 6-7:30PM, Tutu’s House.  Children naturally move through developmental stages that directly impact how and when they are ready, willing and able to accept new information.  Meeting these stages is the foundation of the Waldorf approach.  We will explore the developmental stages of ages 0-7 in this monthly study group.  Contact Tutu’s House at 885-6777.

·          PATCH Classes:  Extending Books I:  Thursday, October 7th from 6-9PM, Punana Leo O Waimea.  Ways to encourage literacy in young children.  No fee.  Extending Books II:  Thursday, October 14th from 6-9PM, Punana Leo O Waimea.  Create and take story props based on children’s favorite books.  $3 materials fee.  Registration is required in advance.  Contact Kona PATCH at 325-3800 or email patchkona@patch-hi.org. 

·          Toddler P.R.E.P. Group:  The Toddler P.R.E.P. (Parents and Relatives as the Educators and Playmates) Group is a project coordinated by parent volunteers.  The program provides twice weekly (4 hours total), high quality, developmentally appropriate activities for children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years.  The parents and children engage in activities together, while receiving support in positive parenting techniques and infant/toddler development.  There is no fee for the program, however, all parents are required to volunteer for various components of the program and to actively participate in the weekly sessions on a regular basis.  The group meets at Waimea Community Center.  Contact Angela at Good Beginnings Alliance at 887-1228 for more information. 






·          Natural Childbirth Preparation Classes:  Every Monday from 5:30-7:30PM, held at Kona Pacific School.  Holistic, creative birthing classes for the mother and partner to help prepare for the transformational journey of childbirth and parenthood.  Contact Lulie Learned at 322-3990.

·          Prenatal Classes:  Every Wednesday from 7-9PM, Kona Community Hospital.  Classes will also touch on breastfeeding and new born baby care.  Contact Sharon at 322-4416 for more information and to register.

·          Breastfeeding Support Group:  Last Wednesday of each month from 9:30-11AM, Kona Community Hospital, Conference Room 3.  All mother’s-to-be and experienced breastfeeding mothers and babies welcome.  Sponsored by:  Kona Community Hospital’s Lactation Consultants.  Contact Lisa or Mari at 322-4482 or 322-4416.

·          Prenatal/Postpartum Education:  Every Tuesday and Thursday from 10-Noon, Baby Safe, near the Kealakekua Post Office.  For women at risk of using or engaged in using alcohol, drugs and/or tobacco.  Free.  Childcare available.  Contact Jeanine at 322-3100, ext. 103.

·          Prenatal Yoga Classes:  Held at Kona Pacific School.  Focusing on releasing tension, deep breathing, stretching and opening the hips and visualizations in preparation for labor and delivery.  Contact Lulie Learned at 322-3990.  




·          Little Bodies at Play Toddler Art Workshop and Potluck Lunch:  Wednesdays from 10:30AM-Noon, SKEA in Honaunau.  Come bond and create with your child.  Toddlers 18 months to 4 years old accompanied by a parent or caregiver will explore a variety of art materials and techniques designed to delight their senses and encourage self-expression.  Each session will offer opportunities for both individual and group experiences.  The last 1/2 hour will be open for a little potluck lunch and play outside on the lawn.  Children with special needs are very welcome.  For more information and to register, please call Chantal at 888-257-7006 or 808-936-8244.



Additional Resources for Families

·          Family Support Services of West Hawaii:  Provides help, support and guidance with parent education, referrals and resource linkages, home visits, family counseling and youth development.  Offices located in Kona and Waimea with Family Centers in Ka’u and Kohala.  Call 326-7778 M-F 8-Noon and 1-5PM.

·          The Neighborhood Place of Kona:  Provides a safe place to “Talk Story”, home visits, information and referrals, linkages to community resources, family outreach, ideas about parenting and more!  Office hours are M-F, 8-4:30PM.  Contact Pili Kalele or Wally Lau at 331-8777.

·          Hawaii Island United Way:  To receive help with child and family needs, physical and mental health, consumer and legal assistance, education and recreation, support groups, food, clothing and shelter and crisis intervention, call 326-7400 in Kona and 935-6393 in Hilo.  You may also contact Aloha United Way, which connects you to 1,700 agencies with 4,000 government and community services.  Available 24/7.  Dial 211 (2-1-1).  Fast, free and confidential.

·          The Parent Line:  A confidential “warm line” staffed by professionals who specialize in child and adolescent growth and development.  It provides support, encouragement and information on parenting by helping callers problem solve their particular concerns over the phone, by mailing parenting information when requested and by making referrals to community resources when appropriate.  The Parent Line toll-free number is 1-800-816-1222.  M-F 8-6PM and Saturday 9-1PM.

·          Compassion Pregnancy Center of Kona:  Kaahumanu Plaza, 75-5467 Kaiwi Street, Kailua-Kona.  Offering free pregnancy tests, information on pregnancy and options, parenting classes, maternity and baby clothes, furniture and baby accessories, referrals to resources and agencies for additional help, outreach to families, ongoing counseling and emotional support, abstinence education training and post abortion counseling.  Call 326-1766 or the Helpline at 326-2060.

·          Tutu’s House:  Provides experiential programs, support group sessions, internet access, sharing of Hawaiian culture, hula, ukulele and language, educational video and audio tapes, a lending library, periodicals, magazines, brochures and a place of aloha.  Tutu’s House is located in the Kamuela Business Center in Waimea.  Basic hours of operation are M-F, 9AM-5PM.  Call 885-6777 or visit www.tutushouse.org for more program information. 

·          Mother’s Milk:  Provides necessary information and supplies needed to enhance the over all quality of a family’s breastfeeding experience.  Located in Kamuela.  Contact Kehau Kealoha, RN and Certified Lactation Counselor at 887-6659 or visit www.mothersmilk.info.

·          MothersCare:  A Toll-Free Phoneline linking pregnant women to medical care, medical insurance, maternity classes, teen

·          pregnancy programs and other community resources.  Phoneline hours are M-F, 8-4:30PM and Saturday, 8-Noon.  Call 1-800-772-3020 or visit www.motherscarehawaii.org.

·          Kona WIC Program:  Hawaii WIC (Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children) is a federally funded program which provides nourishing supplemental foods, nutrition education, breastfeeding promotion, and health and social service referrals.  Participants are either pregnant, breastfeeding, or postpartum women, and infants and children under age five who meet income guidelines and have a medical or nutritional risk.  Call 322-4888 for more information.

·          Hawai’i Covering Kids:  Free or low-cost health care for children.  Quest or Medicaid can cover children up to age 19 and include:  regular check-ups, emergency care, immunizations, prescription medicines, dental care, eyeglasses, counseling and doctor visits.  Call toll free 1-877-275-6569 or visit www.coveringkids.com.

·          Kid’s Play Corner Inc.:  A convenient, clean, fun and safe indoor play environment offering child care at drop-in convenience.  So when you want a night out to dinner, to go shopping, to catch a movie, to work out, time to yourself or for any reason, bring your keiki to Kid’s Play Corner.  Located in Kaiwi Square.  Requirements for Drop-in care:  child must be 24 months and up, enrollment, TB clearance, immunization records, and socks.  Light snacks included.  Call 334-1800 or visit www.kidsplayhawaii.com.

·          Alu Like:  Provides support for pregnancy and parenting for people of Native Hawaiian ancestry.  Call 329-4801 in Kona or 885-7040 in Waimea for more information.

·          Malama A Ho’opili Pono:  Provides home visits, help with medical insurance, transportation, education about pregnancy and baby care, and emotional support to prevent postpartum depression. Call 322-1522 for more information.

·          PATCH:  Helps parents find child care and offers classes to childcare providers so they can offer a safe and nurturing environment for children.  Call 325-3800 for more information.

·          The Job Resource Center:  This center has friendly people who will help you with your job search problems.  A computer lab and clothes closet are available.  Located at Christ Church Episcopal on the corner of Mamalahoa Highway and Konawaena School Road in Kealakekua.  For more information, call the Job Center at 323-8223.

·           Angel Flight:  Arranges free non-emergency air transportation in response to medical and other compelling human needs.  Arrangements need to be made through Angel Flight.  For further information, visit their website at www.angelflight.org.  Hawaii contact numbers are 334-0856 and 334-0863.