This page contains some programs you might find helpful. These are not affiliated with Friends of Kids First so if any interest you, please contact them through the information below.
Submit the completed form(s) to The Legal Documents clerk at either the Ka‘ahumanu Hale Honolulu Circuit Court or Ronald T.Y. Moon Kapolei Court Complex. Class availability is on a first come, first served basis.
Notice to Attend Kids First forms
There are three different Notice to Attend Kids Firs forms. Please
make sure you use the correct form for your case.
Request to be Excused form
This form must be supported with written documentation of your
Access the filed Kids First Notice
This file will reflect if and when the other members of your family
attended the program.
- Access via the Legal Documents Clerk at the Ronald T.Y. Moon
Kapolei Court Complex
- Must provide a photo ID
Hawai‘i Judiciary Sponsored Programs
Ho‘okele Family Center
For all inquiries not regarding the Kids First program, please contact the Ho‘okele Family Service Center at (808) 954-8290.
Divorce Law in Hawai‘i Program
The Divorce Law in Hawai‘i informational program is now in its sixteenth year assisting the public in understanding divorce law. A companion to the Kids First program, Divorce Law in Hawai‘i offers families going through divorce guidance on how to get organized, adopt an effective frame of mind, and fairly resolve divorce issues without needless expense or conflict.
The program is free and open to all who are interested in the divorce process. No reservations are necessary. For additional information on this program, please contact the Ho‘okele Family Center at (808) 954-8290
Access to Justice Room
O‘ahu Family Court Access to Justice Room
Hawai‘i Supreme Court Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald and First Circuit Deputy Chief Judge Mark Browning officially opened the Kapolei Access to Justice Room on December 7th, 2012. The Kapolei Access to Justice Room is located on the third floor of the complex and is open on the first and third Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Appointments are made for the clinic through the Ho‘okele Self Help Desk on the first floor of the Kapolei Courthouse, (808) 954-8290.
“In this economy, we have an increasing number of self-represented litigants coming to Family Court because they cannot afford an attorney. Thanks to the support of the volunteer attorneys from the Family Law Section of the Hawai‘i State Bar Association, litigants can go to the courthouse to obtain
basic legal advice and assistance.”
– First Circuit Senior Family Court Judge Mark Browning
“The Hawai`i State Judiciary now has self-help centers and/or access to justice rooms in every circuit in the State. We are deeply grateful to our partners for making these services available, including the Hawai`i State Bar Association, Legal Aid Society of Hawai`i, AmeriCorps, and the attorneys who donate their time.”
– Chief Justice Mark Recktenwald
Below are some materials that you might find helpful to download and keep. These are not mandatory to read for the program, but we do encourage you to look them over.
- Kids First Activities Examples
– Here are some great examples of the Children’s Activities from past attendees
- Kids First Parent Handbook – Our resource guide for parents attending our program
- SPEDUP packet – Our packet for kids with special needs
- Tips for Families – A handy document with tips and advice as we navigate this pandemic together
Here are some other organizations offering resources and services that you might find helpful in your situation.
- Domestic Violence Action Center
(DVAC) offers crisis support and client advocacy for those affected by domestic violence.
- Their Statewide hotline is (808) 531-3771
- Mediation Center of the Pacific
is offering online or telephone mediations.
- Their phone number is (808) 521-6767
- Hawaii Cares
offers mobile crisis services throughout the state of Hawai’i.
- Their Statewide hotline is (808) 832-3100 and toll free line is (800) 753-6879
- The Parent Line
also offers some great resources on their website.
- Their phone number is (808) 526-1222 and toll free line is (800) 816-1222
Resources outside of Hawai‘i
Below are websites you might find helpful during your divorce, separation or paternity proceedings. These are not associated with the Hawai‘i Judiciary system or the Friends of Kids First programs. We hope these might provide you and your family additional information.