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To our LT Parents & Legal Guardians re: COVID-19

March 16, 2020 (updated March 30, 2021)

Liliʻuokalani Trust (LT) is committed to prioritizing the health and safety of our kamaliʻi and their ʻohana. 

We continue to monitor the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) and look to the Hawaii Department of Health (DOH) and the Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for guidance to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

As a precautionary measure, LT has taken the following steps in accordance with recent DOH recommendations:  

  • Social Services will continue to provide support to families during this time, although our offices will not be open to the public through May 31, 2021. All in-person group programs and activities are postponed and will be scheduled at a later time. For those ʻohana who receive individual services from LT, your Social Worker/Direct Services Specialist will be in touch by phone, and we will make every effort to continue to provide necessary services and connect you to community resources during this period.
  • In-person Youth Development programs and activities (including Pilimai and Youth Leadership Council) are expected to resume in 2021subject to federal, state, and county orders and guidelines.  Virtual programs at LT are ongoing. 

This is an evolving situation; should any additional LT services be cancelled, postponed, or altered, an LT staff member will be in touch with you as soon as information becomes available.  Please make sure that we have the most recent contact information for you and your ʻohana so that we may update you accordingly.

LT would also like to advise our families and kamaliʻi to follow CDC guidelines:

  • Wearing a face mask or covering;
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, before eating, and after going to the bathroom;
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth;
  • Stay home when sick; 
  • Cover your cough and sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash; and
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces.

We also note that pursuant to CDC guidelines, some people are at a higher risk from COVID-19 including, but not limited to older adults, and people who have serious chronic medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, and lung disease.  DOH recommends that those at greater risk for COVID-19 avoid large public gatherings and practice social distancing in enclosed spaces.

Thank you for your patience through this process.  Please feel free to contact your kīpuka or our main office at 808-203-6150 or info@onipaa.org if you have any questions about how COVID-19 may impact LT services.

The Lili‘uokalani Trust is a private operating foundation established to fulfill the Queen’s mission to care for and ensure the wellbeing of the most vulnerable Native Hawaiian children and their ʻohana.

With Hawaiian cultural values and practices as a foundation, the trust offers an array of programs and services to help kamaliʻi (beneficiary children) reach their full potential in life. These services assist families in developing a strong cultural base and ensure that there is a caring and nurturing adult to guide and mentor each child. The trust also collaborates with a variety of community groups and organizations to establish a strong support system for these youth.

With kīpuka (locations) on each of our Hawaiian islands with the exception of Ni‘ihau, the trust directly serves approximately 12,000 children each year, and indirectly serves more than 76,000 additional children through projects and collaborations with other community and interagency partners.

Outreach is supported by revenues and income derived from the trust's real estate holdings and investments; no fees are charged for services to beneficiary children and their families.

For a closer look at how Queen Liliʻuokalani’s legacy lives on and unfolds through the work at our various kīpuka (which formerly were called the Queen Liliʻuokalani Children's Centers), please watch “Perpetuating the Queen’s Legacy” here: