You know your community’s challenges better than anyone else.

The free Parent Leadership Training Institute gives you the skills you need to successfully create change.

The Hawaiʻi Parent Leadership Training Institute (PLTI) is open to anyone who cares about the well-being of children. Over the course of 20 free weekly sessions, you’ll learn to be an effective advocate for children and a change agent for your community. You will also complete a community project that puts into practice what you are learning.

PLTI teaches you how to identify problems affecting children — in schools, communities, and local and state government — and work toward solutions. PLTI’s six cohorts since 2015 have trained over 95 alumni in Hawaiʻi.

Apply now!

Download 2022-23 flyer and schedules

2022-2023 Cohorts

All three begin in September 2022. Click here for the full schedules.

  • Oʻahu: Tuesday evenings, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Maui: Wednesday evenings, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm, at Imua Family Services in Kahului
  • Virtual (open statewide): Thursday evening, 5:00 pm – 8:30 pm
  • Click here to apply!


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About PLTI

By exploring your own passions, strengths, and ideas, you’ll develop leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.

By learning about government and the media, you’ll understand how to engage with the political system to get your voice heard.

During PLTI, you’ll design and complete a community project related to something you’re passionate about. Previous projects include:

  • "Graceful Puʻuwai": Developing a support group for pregnant women who were abused as children.
  • “A Sustainable Maʻi”: A project addressing period poverty. A school program to educate and provide youth with sustainable products to manage their period in a financially, environmentally and healthy way.
  • “Adaptive Water Sports 101”: A website to train on adaptive surfing, adaptive kayaking and adaptive swimming, and how to support those with disabilities to have access to the ocean.

Click here to see more community projects.

PLTI’s impact

Hear from PLTI graduate Lisamarie on how PLTI helped transform her family:

The details

What You’ll Gain

  • A better understanding of your personal history and its impact on leadership
  • Become more comfortable with diversity across people and opinions
  • Practice communication, public speaking, and media advocacy skills
  • Learn research, needs assessment, problem-solving and planning techniques
  • Learn how to work in the political system to get your voice heard
  • Complete a community project related to something you’re passionate about


This year's cohorts will begin in September 2022 and end in February 2023. The curriculum runs for 20 weeks total.

Download the flyer and schedules for this year's cohorts.

Application Process

Participants who submit an application will be contacted for an interview. Participants are selected from a diverse group of individuals, who are passionate about children's issues and policies, and also have an interest in developing their individual leadership skills.

Meet the facilitators

Mele Andrade

Mele Andrade is a Parent Leader and mom of 4 children ages 5, 7, 18, and 21.  Mele has been the Site Coordinator for Maui PLTI for the past two years!.  She enjoys working with children and families and has been working in the community doing family support and home visiting for over 15 years.  Mele grew up on the island of Maui and is proud to raise her keiki here!  Mele has a passion for helping our keiki and community to thrive!

Lyn Constantino

Aloha, my name is Lyn Constantino and I am a parent leader. I have an 11 year old daughter and a 3 year old son. I am also the Preschool Director of Imua Inclusion Preschool and a business owner of a small local boutique called Maui Luxx. Within those two occupations, I have found a passion with engaging with the local community especially with families and children. This has led me to become a facilitator for the Parent Leadership Training Institute. I have been with PLTI for 3 years and love empowering our local families with the knowledge and skills of leadership, advocacy, democracy and public policy. It has been an inspiration to see our local parents and families step up and make positive change within our community.

More bios coming soon.

Mahalo to our sponsors

PLTI Hawaiʻi is a chapter of the National Parent Leadership Institute, which provides the evidence-based curriculum. PLTI Hawaiʻi is made possible by supporters including the Hawaiʻi Department of Health (Family Health Services Division, Maternal & Child Health Branch, Community Based Child Abuse Prevention, Children with Special Health Needs Branch, Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems, Office of Primary Care & Rural Health, and Preventive Health and Health Services Block Grant), Kamehameha Schools, Atherton Family Foundation, McInerny Foundation, Samuel N. & Mary Castle Foundation, and the City and County of Honolulu. Mahalo!