‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia.
No task is too big when done together by all.


Family Programs Hawaiʻi (FPH) Youth Empowerment and Success (YES) Hawaiʻi Program
2959 Umi St, Līhuʻe, HI 96766
(245-2873, ext. 8205)
  • Serves youth between the ages of 14-26 that are currently or formerly involved in the Child Welfare Services (CWS) system
  • Designed to engage youth in meaningful and supportive events and activities, prepare youth for adulthood, expand their supportive network, and build confidence and a feeling of empowerment
  • Services include: outreach and support, peer mentoring, events and activities, leadership and skill building training, and social media and electronic communication training
  • Contact Kauaʻi YES Hawaiʻi Event Coordinator Jamie Kai (245-2873, ext. 8205) (jkai@haleopio.org)


Certified Copy of Birth Certificate: Department of Health
1250 Punchbowl St., Rm. 103, Honolulu, HI 96813

  • $10 for the first copy; $4 for each additional copy of the same certificate ordered simultaneously; $2.50 Portal Administration fee; total cost to order is $12.50 total
  • All birth certificates must be ordered online through the State of Hawaiʻi DOH Vital Documents website (https://vitrec.ehawaii.gov/vitalrecords)
  • Name on credit card must match applicant’s name

Credit Report

  • Can request one free credit check every 12 months
  • Credit reports do not include FICO credit scores
Free Credit Check Resources:

Driver’s License
4444 Rice St., Ste. A480, Līhuʻe, HI 96766

For youth under the age of 18:
  • Must complete driver’s education from a certified instructor
  • Must hold an instruction permit for at least 180 days (six months) before taking the road test
  • Youth in Legal Guardianship must get application signed by their Legal Guardian
  • Youth in Foster Custody or Permanent Custody must:
  • Get the application from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and inform them of foster care status
  • Youth must turn the form in to their CWS SW to get it signed / approved by the CWS Section Administrator
  • Youth’s CWS SW will return the application to the youth to present back to the DMV
  • Cost is $40 cash
  • All applicants need completed application, certified copy of birth certificate, original (non-laminated) social security card, and two documents verifying proof of principal address (e.g., pay stubs, bank statement, utility bill, W-2, etc.)
  • Call the DMV (241-4242) to schedule a road test

Income Taxes: Federal (1040 EZ) and State (N-11)

  • Goodwill Industries of Hawaiʻi and Legal Aid Society of Hawaiʻi Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Programs will complete taxes for anyone earning less than $50,000 per year
  • File taxes online for free at http://myfreetaxes.com/goodwillhi
  • Turbo Tax (http://turbotax.intuit.com) gives step-by-step help to complete and submit taxes online with help from experienced tax professionals

Med-QUEST Medical Insurance Card
4473 Paheʻe St., Ste. A, Līhuʻe, HI 96766

  • Free medical coverage for former foster youth up to age 26, who have aged out of DHS foster care in Hawaiʻi or placed under Legal Guardianship or Adopted from CWS after age 16
  • Need to reapply by 18th birthday regardless of legal status
  • Full dental coverage through Medicaid Fee-For-Service program provided for persons under age 21; only emergency coverage is available for persons 21 and older

Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) Hawaiian Registry Program (HRP) Card
4405 Kukui Grove St., Suite 103, Līhuʻe, HI

  • Free photo ID card that confirms Hawaiian Ancestry to apply for OHA programs such as loans, grants, and scholarships
  • Must submit (can submit in-person, mail, or e-mail):
  • Completed and signed application form
  • Photocopy of applicant’s birth certificate stating Hawaiian ancestry through biological parentage
  • Photocopy of a photo ID of the applicant
  • Color photograph, which will be used on the OHA card
  • Renewal of ancestry verification is required every five years

Register to Vote

  • Law allows 16 year olds to pre-register to vote, but must be 18 years old by election day to vote
  • Need current Hawaiʻi Driver’s License or Hawaiʻi State ID card and social security number to register to vote
  • Can register to vote by mail or online

Register for Selective Service

  • Young men 18 through 25 years of age are required to register with Selective Service
  • Can register at any United States Post Office, online at www.sss.gov, or through completing the FAFSA application
  • Young men that do not register by their 26th birthday will not be eligible for any Federal benefits and jobs

Social Security Card: Social Security Administration (SSA)
4334 Rice St., #105, Līhuʻe, HI 96766
(Toll Free  1-800-772-1213)

  • Open Monday through Friday from 8:30am to 3:30pm; Wednesdays from 8:30am to 11:30am
  • Free; need proof of US citizenship and age (birth certificate), identity (picture ID), and completed application form (SS-5)
  • State ID: Department of Transportation, Driver’s Licensing Division, 4444 Rice St., Ste. A480, Līhuʻe, HI 96766 (241-4242) (http://hawaii.gov/dot/hawaiistateid)
  • Cost is $40 cash for an eight year ID; $5 cash for one year ID
  • All applicants need completed application, certified copy of birth certificate, original (non-laminated) social security card, and two documents verifying proof of principal address (e.g., pay stubs, bank statement, utility bill, W-2, etc.)

Three generations of birth certificates to prove Native Hawaiian Ancestry; register through Kamehameha Schools (KS) Hoʻoulu Hawaiian Data Center, KS Resource Center Kauaʻi
2790 Halekō Rd., Ste. 101, Līhuʻe, HI 96766

  • Open Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:15pm
  • For adoptions, ONE of the following additional documents are required:
  • Letter of Non-Identifying Information of Racial Extraction of Biological Parents (LRE) shows ancestry of biological parents without revealing identity obtained from the Family Court in which the adoption occurred; OR
  • Adoption decree or court order identifying biological Hawaiian parents; OR
  • Pre-adoption birth certificate identifying biological parents along with post-adoption birth certificate
  • If birth certificates of the biological ancestors are not available, then an LRE should be submitted instead
  • Contact information for the Hawaiʻi Family Courts: (www.courts.state.hi.us/courts/family/family_courts.html)
  • If a biological sibling is registered in the Hoʻoulu Hawaiian Data Center and share Hawaiian ancestral parent(s), submitting a birth certificate verifying relationship to registered sibling will satisfy application requirements