Family Court Volunteer Opportunities

Kids First - Children First - Children in Transition

Kids First is an education program for families going through divorce. It is designed to help parents understand the effects of separation and divorce on their children and to help parents and children cope with the changes in their families. Kids First needs caring and reliable people to facilitate children's groups. Volunteers provide the children and teens with the opportunity to express their feelings about the separation through participating in games, role playing, and doing mock trials in the courtroom. Facilitators must be good communicators, have experience working with children (ages 6 to 17) and be able to volunteer for two (2) hours during one evening each month. If you are interested in becoming a Kids First facilitator, please contact one of the Judiciary employees listed below:

Contact Information

First Circuit (Oahu)

Charlene Anaya, Program Coordinator

Scheduling/Verification:
Grace Bacnis
Honolulu: 1st, 3rd and 5th Wednesday
Kapolei: 2nd and 4th Wednesday
(808) 954-8280 (main number)
KidsFirstHawaii@gmail.com
Website: http://www.kidsfirsthawaii.com

Address

Kids First Program
Ronald T.Y. Moon Court Complex
4675 Kapolei Parkway
Kapolei, HI 96707

 

Third Circuit (Hawaii)

Aolani Mills, Supervisor
(808) 322-8726
(808) 938-1478 (cell)
aolani.m.mills@courts.hawaii.gov

Kona
Margaret Masunaga, Coordinator
(808) 987-1046
mkmasunaga@aol.com
3rd Wednesday

Address

Children First (Kona)
Keakealani Bldg
79-1020 Haukapila St.
Kealakekua, HI 96750

Hilo
Kapua Sawyer, Coordinator
(808) 896-6465
kapua.sawyer@yahoo.com

Even months: 2nd Tuesday
Odd months: 2nd and 4th Tuesday

Scheduling/Verification:
Marlene Kalua
(808) 961-7506
marlene.n.kalua@courts.hawaii.gov

Address

Children in Transition (Hilo)
Hale Kaulike
777 Kilauea Ave
Hilo, HI 95720

Second Circuit (Maui)

Marsha Yamada, Supervisor

Scheduling/Verification:
Laurene Medeiros
Shantyll DeFrancia-Galeai

2nd Wednesday

(808) 244-2770 (main number)

Address

Kids First Program
Hoapili Hale
2145 Main Street #226
Wailuku, HI 96793

Fifth Circuit (Kauai)

Marilyn Hasegawa, Supervisor
Verification
(808) 482-2350 (main number)

Scheduling:
Legal Documents Branch
2nd Wednesday
(808) 482-2330

Address

Kids First Program
3970 Ka’ana St. #305
Lihue, HI 96766-1283

 

Project Visitation

Project Visitation is a volunteer-based program that helps to maintain the relationship between siblings who are living in separate foster homes by bringing them together for monthly visitations. Social workers refer cases of separated foster siblings to the program. Volunteers usually give 6 to 8 hours a month to schedule visits, transport the siblings, and supervise the visits. For more information, visit the Project Visitation Website or contact:

Family Programs Hawai`i
680 Ala Moana Blvd., Suite 200
Honolulu, HI 96813-5409
Phone: 808-521-9531

Court-Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program

Formerly known as the Volunteer Guardian Ad Litem Program, the CASA  Program is comprised of trained volunteers who are appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child in a child abuse or neglect case in and out of court. CASA volunteers must be at least 20 years old and able to spend between 4 and 25 hours a month - serve as fact-finders, advocates, and monitors for children in need. The Judiciary provides free training and staff support for all volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, please contact the persons listed below.

  • O`ahu - Amphay Champathong (808) 954-8151
  • Hawai`i  (Hilo) - Jamie Bell-Ka`aihue (808) 961-7672
  • Hawai`i (Kona) -Wendy Opiopio (808) 443-2105
  • Maui - Kari Wakakuwa (808) 244-2729
  • Kaua`i - Marilyn Hasegawa (808) 482-2350
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