Nonprofit Aims to Help Hawaii's Keiki Living in Poverty


HONOLULU - It's a new chapter for a group dedicated to helping Hawaii's keiki.


Good Beginnings Alliance is a nonprofit that has been around for decades, but on Thursday, it reemerged as the “Hawaii Children’s Action Network.”

The group focuses on helping Hawaii's keiki – in low-income or poverty-stricken families – find safe, healthy ways to learn.

According to its executive director Deborah Zysman, they’re turning their attention to families.

"We really want to spend more time in the community working with parents, grandparents, aunties and uncles, business leaders,” she said. “And we really need to do a lot more work engaging those folks, mobilizing those folks – we want to build a movement."

Their goal is to raise $300,000 to help fund and support pre-school learning and help Hawaii's homeless students get the education they deserve.

It will also help to fund early screening for vision, hearing, and developmental delays.