Kids First's Mission Statement:

  1. To promote peaceful co-parenting, and effective family relationships and communication through education and other services to families involved in issues before the Family Court of the First Circuit of the State of Hawai'i.
  2. To provide education and assistance to children and parents in separating families through the Kids First program on O'ahu, and to provide cooperation and assistance to similar programs on each island.

The Kids First Program

Kids First is a mandatory  program of  the Hawai‘i  State Judiciary to educate families about the impact of divorce and separation on children. Your attendance happens after you have filed your case with the court. Classes are scheduled by the court after you have filed your case. You cannot schedule your own class date.On this website, you will find information about the Kids First program and other information to help you regarding divorce and separation. On the left are guidelines to find the information you may need. For more information contact the Kids First office at (808) 954-8280.

​Welcome to the Kids First Website

Please review our legal disclaimers on the Legal Forms and Information page

Kids First Hawaii Oahu Homepage

Friends of Kids First Board of Directors

President:           Marianita Lopez

Vice-President:  Kathy Albu

Treasurer:          Faye Kimura

This website has information for the O‘ahu Kids First program only

For information on the neighbor island programs, choose a link below:


​For information on other Family Court programs outside of Kids First, go to our Other Resources page. There, you will find information on:
  • the Ho‘okele Family Center

  • the Divorce Law in Hawai‘i Program

  • the O‘ahu Family Court Access to Justice Room

Pages and Descriptions


Attending the Program
  • Find where and when you must attend class

  • See who should and should not attend class

  • Find how the judge will review your attendance 

  • Request an Interpreter (limited English proficient individuals or American Sign Language)

  • Review Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

Rescheduling and Exemptions
  • Reschedule a future appointment

  • Relocate your class to a different island

  • Make up a class you missed

  • Request to be excused 


Legal Forms and Information
  • Access NOTICE TO ATTEND KIDS FIRST form
  • Access Request to be Excused form

  • Find out when you or family members attended Kids First

  • Look up your divorce case record

  • Purchase "The Purple Family" DVD

  • See this website`s Legal Disclaimers

Other Resources
  • Contact the Ho‘okele Family Center
  • Attend the Divorce Law in Hawai‘i program
  • Learn about the O‘ahu Family Court Access to Justice Room
  • Find other helpful resources outside of Hawai‘i

Locations and Contact Information
  • Find the address for your class
  • Find parking 
  • Contact the Kids First Program
  • Learn how to volunteer for Kids First O‘ahu