Our Story

 

Our Story

Mālama o Nā Keiki was established in July of 2008 with a vision to connect Neonatal Nurses with Caregivers of high-risk babies within Hawaii. Specialized education and best practices were at the forefront of structuring the organization. Mālama o Nā Keiki was instilled with Hawai'ian cultural principles and became a liaison in local communities to help support babies and their families.

To introduce our name into the community, in 2010, Mālama o Nā Keiki participated in the Hawai'i Children & Youth Day (www.hawaiicyd.org), an event that attracts thousands of families. At the event, our booth featured the World of Babies - "Wonder what happens to babies when they are admitted to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit? See their little condos - isolettes - they live in for days to months. Want to feel what it's like to be a nurse? E Komo Mai — come see what else nurses do for babies!"

On September 2, 2016, Mālama o Nā Keiki became Caring For Hawai‘i Neonates (C4HN), a 501c3 non profit parent organization over Mālama o Nā Keiki, working as a local cultural and educational program. In the last few years, the organization has featured monthly topics, annual meetings and held fund raisers to continue its mission.

Our support comes from local businesses, the University of Hawai'i and other health organizations. Connections within our local community succeed because of important Hawai'ian cultural principles: kindness, patience, mutual respect, and selfless giving. The "Aloha Spirit" is a lifestyle, and our organization is influenced by Hālau Hula o Nāmamoakeakua and the Queen Julia Kapiolani Hawaiian Civic Club, to live and spread aloha.

Hālau Hula o Nāmamoakeakua

Leilani Kahoʻāno, the Kumu Hula of Hālau Hula o Nāmamaokeakua, is a professional Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse. She is recognized for her unique combination of cultural and professional skills that have lead to pioneering efforts in early childhood health, education and advocacy.

Queen Julia Kapiolani Hawaiian Civic Club

Queen Kapiolani was passionate about the health and welfare of Native Hawaiians. She established the Kapiʻolani Home for Girls to educate the daughters of the residents of the Kalaupapa Leprosy Settlement, and the Kapiʻolani Maternity Home, where Hawaiian mothers and newborns could receive care.