Families assigned to Kids First are required to attend one Wednesday session. Parents are not required to attend on the same night and may reschedule to different dates. If any assigned member of a family fails to attend the program, it could result in a divorce or custody determination being delayed or denied.

What if I need an interpreter?

Free interpreters are available for Limited English Proficient individuals and persons requiring American Sign language. Please contact the Kids First office (808) 954-8280 as early as possible with your request. 

How will the judge know that we attended?

Your official Kids First Notice form will be  placed in your court file. The judge will review the Notice to see whether or not your family attended.

Where is my program being held?

Where and when your class is held depends on which location you select, read your Kids First Notice.

  • Honolulu location: On the first, third and fifth Wednesday of each month, class is held at the Ka'ahumanu Hale Honolulu Circuit Court
  • Kapolei location: On the second and fourth Wednesday of each month, class is held at the  Ronald T.Y. Moon Kapolei Court Complex
  • These session locations are subject to change 

The addresses to both these locations are on the Contact Information page.

Who should attend?

Only persons listed on the Notice to Attend Kids First form are permitted to attend. This could include:

  • Both parents (plaintiff, defendant or mother, father)
  • Children between the ages of 6-17 from the current and other relationships
  • Step-parents involved in the divorce

Who should NOT attend?

  • Guests are not allowed: Only persons listed on the Notice to Attend Kids First form are to attend the program
  • If there is a TRO, Protective Order or Stay-away Order between any of the persons involved, one person must reschedule their appointment

What time do I need to show up?

For both locations:

  • Registration begins at 5:00 p.m.
  • The Kids First program runs from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Late comers will not be allowed in to the class.

If you are late, you must reschedule your class.

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 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

Attending the Kids First Program

How do I get a class date?

Classes are assigned by the court after you have filed your case.

You cannot schedule your own class. You can only reschedule the one assigned to you.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended, and other applicable state and federal laws, if you require an accommodation for a disability, when working with a court program, service or activity, please contact the ADA Coordinator at the First Circuit Court, Family Court office by telephone (808) 954-8200, facsimile (808) 954-8308, or via email adarequest@courts.hawaii.gov at least ten (10) working days before the activity date.

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