Our History

Ka Hale A Ke Ola began sheltering the homeless on November 26, 1986 in an old church building in Puunene. We only had $26 and the idealistic drive that we could make it work. The building was 50 years old with faulty electrical and plumbing. Dirt blowing in from nearby cane fields made it virtually impossible to keep the shelter clean but shelter workers persevered. Community volunteers built partitions to give families privacy. Twenty-eight church groups, service organizations and local businesses volunteered to provide dinners on a rotating basis. Against all odds, KHAKO survived and in its first five years, it sheltered, fed and clothed more than 3,600 residents.

KHAKO’s Board of Directors soon recognized many residents needed more than food and shelter to break the cycle of homelessness. KHAKO began serving as a referral center, connecting residents with employment agencies, rental assistance programs and other social services. In 1991, KHAKO began offering life skills classes designed to break the pattern of homelessness — classes in budgeting, parenting and communication. KHAKO blossomed into a comprehensive resource center that provides emergency shelter, transitional housing, adult education and training, counseling, a primary care medical clinic and facilities for child care.

Our Mission

Ka Hale A Ke Ola is dedicated to serving the needs of the homeless and hungry on Maui by providing emergency food and housing, voicing their concerns, and empowering them to take responsibility for their own lives and to call on the community to assist in these actions.

Board of Directors

The board oversees KHAKO’s works and helps to ensure we are making progress toward our mission.
  • Steve Miller
  • Michael Victorino
  • Dr. John Decker
  • Alec McBarnet
  • Cathy Bio
  • Rev. Gary Colton
  • Nicole Spalding
  • Rory Frampton
  • Kit Hart
  • Alvin Tagomori
  • James Worley
  • Myriam Tuttle
  • Doug Wright
  • Erin Lowenthal

Job Opportunities – Join our Team

Want to apply?

Get in touch with the form below. You can also email your resume or apply at either facility:

Ka Hale A Ke Ola Homeless Resource Centers

Central: 670 Waiale Road Wailuku, HI 96793

West Side: 15 Ipu’Aumakua Lane Lahaina, HI 96761

Child Care Worker - Lahaina

Job summary

Under the direction of the Housing Program Manager, provides supervision for infants and toddlers, providing an environment and experiences which are developmentally appropriate and which promote the infant or toddlers’ physical, emotional, intellectual and social well-being and growth and integrity of the family unit.

Summary of Essential Job Functions  

  1. Works with parents, volunteers and staff to ensure a safe, clean and age appropriate environment for infants and toddlers.
  2. Ensures that the classroom is well maintained, shelves and floor free of dust, dirt, paper and food particles.
  3. Coordinates and facilitates use of all materials and equipment in the classroom.
  4. Ensures that the entire childcare area is well-organized with age appropriate materials and equipment readily accessible to the Infants/Toddlers
  5. Maintains equipment and materials in good repair; informs the Children’s Case Manager of the need for repair or replacement in a timely manner in writing.
  6. Provides consistent and positive role modeling.
  7. Suggests needed educational materials, supplies, and equipment to the Housing Program Manager as required.
  8. Maintain children’s personal belonging in order and assist with keeping an overall orderly environment.
  9. Create a warm and welcoming environment by decorating bulletin boards and other similar activities,
  10. Visually supervises children at all times.
  11. Supervise meal and snack times, which food is provided by parents. Be aware of food allergies of children in the group.
  12. Supervise children on the playground.
  13. Maintain a balance of self-selected and caregiver-directed learning experiences.
  14. Gathers and prepares weekly and monthly reports including statistics, chore and lunch reports.     are       being properly implemented.
  15.  Meets weekly with the Housing Program Manager to insure needs and programs
  16.  Participates in the development of policies and procedures with the concerns of  children and youth in mind.
  17.  Other duties as may be assigned.

Minimum Educational and Experience Requirements

  1. High School Graduate or GED.
  2. Minimum of one year experience working with children under 36 months of age in a group care setting.
  3. Completion of People Attentive to Children Training (PATCH).
  4. Certification in CPR and First-Aid

Abilities Required

  1. Possess a broad working knowledge of child development.
  2. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with children, parents, volunteers and others involved in programs.
  3. Fluent in English language and preferably one other South Pacific language.
  4. Ability to supervise the work of resident volunteers in childcare.
  5. Able to work flexible hours.
  6. Ability to define and identify problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Physical Abilities Required

  1. Close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust and focus.
  2. Ability to stand, walk, talk, squat, and sit either on a chair or on the floor.
  3. Ability to bend over while picking things up for lifting and cleaning.
  4. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.
  5. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

 

 

 

Child Care Worker - Lahaina

Job summary

Under the direction of the Housing Program Manager, provides supervision for infants and toddlers, providing an environment and experiences which are developmentally appropriate and which promote the infant or toddlers’ physical, emotional, intellectual and social well-being and growth and integrity of the family unit.

Summary of Essential Job Functions  

  1. Works with parents, volunteers and staff to ensure a safe, clean and age appropriate environment for infants and toddlers.
  2. Ensures that the classroom is well maintained, shelves and floor free of dust, dirt, paper and food particles.
  3. Coordinates and facilitates use of all materials and equipment in the classroom.
  4. Ensures that the entire childcare area is well-organized with age appropriate materials and equipment readily accessible to the Infants/Toddlers
  5. Maintains equipment and materials in good repair; informs the Children’s Case Manager of the need for repair or replacement in a timely manner in writing.
  6. Provides consistent and positive role modeling.
  7. Suggests needed educational materials, supplies, and equipment to the Housing Program Manager as required.
  8. Maintain children’s personal belonging in order and assist with keeping an overall orderly environment.
  9. Create a warm and welcoming environment by decorating bulletin boards and other similar activities,
  10. Visually supervises children at all times.
  11. Supervise meal and snack times, which food is provided by parents. Be aware of food allergies of children in the group.
  12. Supervise children on the playground.
  13. Maintain a balance of self-selected and caregiver-directed learning experiences.
  14. Gathers and prepares weekly and monthly reports including statistics, chore and lunch reports.     are       being properly implemented.
  15.  Meets weekly with the Housing Program Manager to insure needs and programs
  16.  Participates in the development of policies and procedures with the concerns of  children and youth in mind.
  17.  Other duties as may be assigned.

Minimum Educational and Experience Requirements

  1. High School Graduate or GED.
  2. Minimum of one year experience working with children under 36 months of age in a group care setting.
  3. Completion of People Attentive to Children Training (PATCH).
  4. Certification in CPR and First-Aid

Abilities Required

  1. Possess a broad working knowledge of child development.
  2. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with children, parents, volunteers and others involved in programs.
  3. Fluent in English language and preferably one other South Pacific language.
  4. Ability to supervise the work of resident volunteers in childcare.
  5. Able to work flexible hours.
  6. Ability to define and identify problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions.

Physical Abilities Required

  1. Close vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust and focus.
  2. Ability to stand, walk, talk, squat, and sit either on a chair or on the floor.
  3. Ability to bend over while picking things up for lifting and cleaning.
  4. Occasionally required to lift and/or move up to 35 pounds.
  5. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function.

 

 

 

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We look forward to working with you to find solutions in the Maui Community.

Central Center
670 Waiale Road
Wailuku, Hawaii 96793
Phone: (808) 242-7600
Fax: (808) 244-0821

Westside Center
15 Ipu’Aumakua Lane
Lahaina, Hawaii 96761
Phone: (808) 662-0076
Fax: (808) 662-0074

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