Aug 21, 2020
At a company-wide meeting in June, the Liliʻuokalani Trust (LT) leadership team unveiled the 2045 Vision and 2020-2025 Strategic Plan.
The Queen dedicated her wealth to the most vulnerable of children. Having seen the Native Hawaiian population decline from over 100,000 to fewer than 40,000, she was acutely aware of the large numbers of orphaned, abandoned, and destitute children across the pae ʻāina. While the Hawaiian population today is beginning to rebound and show higher rates of connectedness to ʻohana, consistent with Hawaiian cultural values, kamaliʻi are still overrepresented in virtually every indicator of distress.
LT’s Vision and Strategic Plan, known together as “Wehe Ke Ala – The Path is Clear,” more closely aligns our community work with core initiatives in early childhood, youth development and clinical practice. With a focus on transformational change for most vulnerable kamaliʻi, it guides priorities, spending, and programs.
“For the first time in our history, LT will provide services from cradle to age 26. We will break the cycle of poverty, one child at a time, through deepened, lengthened, and strengthened engagement with children and parents,” said Dawn Harflinger, LT executive vice president and chief operating officer.
Strategic Plan 2020–2025 focuses on five areas, each critical to our vision and mission success: 1) innovative programs serving kamaliʻi from inception to age twenty-six; 2) trauma-informed social emotional support services; 3) robust capabilities in research and evaluation to inform decision making and scale successes; 4) organizational excellence; and 5) effective resource management.
Vision 2045: On our journey towards breaking cycles of poverty for Native Hawaiians, we envision the pae ʻāina in 2045 with increasing numbers of thriving kamaliʻi who are able to realize their greatest potential living healthy, joyful, and prosperous lives and contributing positively to their families, communities, and the world.
LT will measure thriving by wellbeing outcomes. Grounded in Kūkulu Kumuhana, a Hawaiian culture-based perspective on wellbeing, LT will have the following milestone accomplishments:
- Ready for kindergarten: At least 80% of keiki who participate in LT early learning programs will be socially and cognitively ready for Kindergarten upon completion of their programs.
- Earn a livable income: At least 40% of families with young children served by LT’s early learning center programs will achieve a livable income within 3 years of entering the program.
- Achieve high school or equivalent on time: At least 80% of Native Hawaiian youth served by LT in the middle and high school years will complete high school within fouryears of entering Grade 9, and 90% will complete high school or equivalent within five years.
- Complete postsecondary education/training: At least 8 of 10 kamaliʻi served by LT will achieve a post-secondary training certificate or degree by age 25.
- Strengthen spiritual, emotional, and cultural identity: At least 80% mākua and ʻōpio served by LT will report that their experiences have deepened their connection to the Hawaiian cultural heritage and that they have increased the ways and/or frequency of incorporating these in their daily lives.
- Improve healthy life choices: The proportion of Native Hawaiian kamaliʻi served by LT who avoid high risk behaviors will equal or exceed the proportion for all youth statewide.
- Decrease in youth truancy: Eliminate disproportionality in Native Hawaiian representation among truant youth.
- Decrease in youth homelessness: Eliminate disproportionality in Native Hawaiian representation among unaccompanied homeless youth.
- Decrease in juvenile justice: Eliminate disproportionality in Native Hawaiian representation among kamaliʻi engaged with the Juvenile Justice System and among those who engage in high risk behaviors.
- Decrease representation in foster care: Eliminate disproportionality in Native Hawaiian representation in the Child Welfare System.
With its vision of E Nā Kamalei Lupalupa – Thriving Hawaiian Children, Liliʻuokalani Trust is focused on and investing in transformative growth; growth that can exponentially benefit the pae ʻāina for generations to come.
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