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Kā’anapali Ocean Resort Charitable Trust donates $10,000 to MEO’s Kahi Kamali’i

Left: Maxine Sonis, 2, reads at the Kahi Kamali’i Infant/Toddler Center at the J. Walter Cameron Center. Right: Koa Rivera, 23 months, plays at My Garden Center at Maui Economic Opportunity’s Kahi Kamali’i Infant/Toddler Center.
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Maui Economic Opportunity’s toddler child care program Kahi Kamali’i has received a $10,000 donation from the Kā’anapali Ocean Resort Charitable Trust.

The Charitable Trust selected Kahi Kamali’i for the donation “in recognition and continuation of her exceptional work,” Arlina Agbayani said in a November 23 letter to MEO accompanying the donation. “We deeply appreciate all you do to help the people of Maui.”

The Charitable Trust’s mission is to communicate and demonstrate Ho’okipa, generous hospitality, and Mālama, deep care, for the community by supporting charitable needs.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged all of us, and we understand the incredible additional challenges nonprofits face and applaud the great work of you and your organization,” Agbayani said.

Kahi Kamali’i, which provides services for children ages 1-3, remained open during the pandemic and cared for the children of first responders and medical professionals. During the stay-at-home period, the infant/toddler center asked furloughed families to keep their child at home to provide places for those working during the pandemic.


“Affordable, quality childcare, especially for infants and toddlers, is a critical need for working and school-going parents,” said Debbie Cabebe, CEO of MEO . “These parents need peace of mind that their precious children are being taken care of safely.


“The donation from the Kā’anapali Ocean Resort Charitable Trust will help Kahi Kamali’i maintain and improve the program for keiki and their families. We are very grateful to the trust for selecting our program for this generous donation.

Kahi Kamali’i opened in 2003 in partnership with the J. Walter Cameron Center, where the facility is located, to address the need for quality center-based care for children under 3 years of age. The aim is to enable families to work, go to school or participate in job training.

The program is licensed by the State Department of Social Services for 15 children and is currently at full capacity. Licensing requirements at Kahi Kamali’i include staffing a primary caregiver and two other caregivers – to maintain a 1 adult to 5 child ratio.


Kahi Kamali’i is open year-round from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to noon on Friday.

Maui County offers scholarships to keep costs affordable for income-eligible families, with teenage parents, or with children receiving early intervention support through Imua Family Services.

For more information about Kahi Kamali’i Infant/Toddler Center, call 249-2988.