• EPIC `OHANA, INC.Building partnerships for Hawai`i's at-risk families, children and youth.
  • `OHANA CONFERENCINGFamily group decision making for Hawai`i's at-risk children and youth
  • `OHANA FINDINGDesigned to identify, locate and engage family members of children and youth who are in foster care
  • E MAKUA ANA YOUTH CIRCLEHelping Hawai`i's Foster Youth plan their future
  • `OHANA CONNECTIONSRestoring Family Connections for Hawai`i's Foster Youth
  • HAWAI`I YOUTH OPPORTUNITIES INITIATIVECreating Successful Transitions into Adulthood for Hawai`i's Foster Youth
  • FAMILY FINDING - KALANI'S STORYWatch our videos on YouTube


Families are the foundation of our community, and their well-being is inextricably linked to the health and prosperity of the community, state, and nation.

EPIC works to strengthen `ohana and enhance the welfare of children and youth through transformative processes that are respectful, collaborative and solution-oriented.

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Other News/Events

Celebrating National Reunification Month -- The U'u family story

Maintaining Connections
The Values Behind Family Engagement Practices Within the Child Welfare System.

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Brothers and Sisters: Keeping Siblings in Foster Care Connected

Watch our videos on YouTube
Click here to watch our videos on YouTube.

What's New

Earl Chapman, our Board Chair
With fond aloha to Earl Chapman, our Board Chair, who passed away on Saturday, December 14, 2013.
"The Ground We Stand On"
View the recording of our webinar which describes our values in family engagement.

Social Capital: Building Networks of Support for Young People Affected by Foster Care

Recent Publications

HYOI Environmental Scan 2014 02/15/14
Maintaining Connections 04/12/13
The Values Behind Family Engagement Practices Within the Child Welfare System
HI HOPES Youth Advocacy Document 2013 03/26/13
Youth Resources (O'ahu) 01/08/13
Youth Resources (Maui) 01/08/13
Youth Resources (Hawai'i) 01/08/13
Youth Resources (Kaua'i) 01/08/13
HI H.O.P.E.S. Youth Advocacy Document 2012 11/01/12
Hawai‘i Kids Count Issue Brief: Improving Outcomes for Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care 10/29/12
A Statement of Trust 10/25/12
By Wilma Friesema
Breaking the Cycle 10/25/12
By Wilma Friesema
Circle of Support 10/25/12
By Wilma Friesema
Reweaving `Ohana Connections 10/25/12
By Wilma Friesema
Taking New Steps 10/25/12
By Misty Watkins & Wilma Friesema
The Gift of Belonging 10/25/12
By Wilma Friesema

Kalani's Story

'Ohana Finding and 'Ohana Connections work is rooted in the philosophy that children need enduring, safe and nurturing relationships with family.

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Kalani's Story:


"Our Next Steps" captures the voices and stories of young people and those who serve them as they share the challenges of aging out of the foster care system and recommendations to improve their transition into adulthood:

The Work of HYOI:

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