Piko Pals connects and empowers new parents of babies age 0-4 months to build their own village through facilitated discussions in an emotionally and intellectually safe environment. Piko Pals sets the stage for connection and friendship with peers in your community, so you can make lasting relationships to share and celebrate the joys and challenges of new parenthood.

New Groups Starting!

10AM-12PM Saturdays, May 19th

Kaimuki

10am-12pm Thursdays, June 28th

Kaimuki

Piko Pals

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Groups are currently available on Oahu, with plans to expand to neighbor islands in 2018. Do you have a new baby, or expecting one soon, and are interested in making new friends in your community to support and discover your parenting philosophy?

Spaces are limited to 10 people per location.

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Mission
Piko Pals creates, coordinates, and cultivates community-based, peer groups for new parents in Hawai’i.
Vision
Learning to parent with Aloha, together.  Our vision is of communities where:

  •  No new parent feels isolated, ill-equipped or unsupported
  • All parents develop the confidence to build strong, healthy families
  • All children grown up in a social environment that allows them to thrive
Core Values
  • Community: We are passionate about and promote the role of community in creating and sustaining strong, healthy families.
  • Peer Support: We abide by the philosophy that mothers and fathers are uniquely qualified to support each other in addressing the challenges of early parenthood.
  • Respect: We foster a culture that is respectful and inclusive of all people and families and diverse ideas and values.
  • Quality: We deliver outstanding parenting programs and exceptional service to all Piko Pals participants and partners.
  • Integrity: We are trustworthy, honest, fair, and ethical.
  • Stewardship: We preserve and enhance the organization’s financial, human, and physical resources.

Become a Group Leader

Do you have a passion for empowering new parents and building community?  Piko Pals is looking for Volunteer Group Leaders (facilitators) to lead Piko Pals groups.  Groups meet weekly for 2 hours, for 12 weeks, in various parks, homes, and community centers.  Group Leaders do not need to be parenting experts.  They do, however, need to be nurturing, empathetic, and supportive of a variety of parenting styles, diverse backgrounds, and cultures, and be able to pass a background check.

Many of our group leaders have found great joy in watching their Piko Pals groups develop confidence in their own parenting style, as well as budding friendship and community with the other participants.

If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Group Leader, please submit your volunteer information here. Our program manager will contact you shortly, and invite you to our next Group Leader (facilitator) Training.

Contact us for more information.

We Need You

Thank You!

La Tour Cafe is one of our founding corporate sponsors.

From providing a location to meet for group leader trainings to also providing refreshments, we could not have gone this far with Piko Pals with them!

Common Questions
What is Piko Pals?
Piko Pals is a new parent support group program that tackles the challenges of new parenthood with peer support.

Piko Pals provides peer support programs for new parents based on the Strengthening Families Framework.  Our universal programs are open to all families, and our focus is on increasing family wellness and on building resilience by preparing parents to cope with life stresses before problems arise.

We know that parenting is challenging work, and we believe the well-being of a community is enhanced when all parents have access to support.  Additionally, we know that supporting parets is foundational to the healthy development of children and that family wellness is two-generational, meaning that support must be given to children and parents.  Many years of study confirm that outcomes of children are influenced largely by parents who are nurturing and responsive to their emotional and physical needs and that a child’s earliest experiences and environment is the foundation for future learning and school readiness.

How long is the Piko Pals program?
Piko Pals is a 12 week program.
Who is the Piko Pals program for?
Parents and their newborns (0-4 months old)
Where are these Piko Pals meetings held at?
These meetings are held in neighborhoods throughout O’ahu.  Coming soon to neighbor islands!
What does Piko mean?
Piko means belly button in Hawaiian, which symbolizes the life connection to our family.
How much does the Piko Pals program cost?
The price is $120 for 12 weeks ($10 per week).
Financial aid is available!

Simply put, Piko Pals charges a program fee because it is part of Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization that receives no government funding for the Piko Pals program and relies on a combination of fees and contributions to keep providing the Piko Pals experience that many parents have valued so dearly.

People whose lives were changed by Piko Pals have given back so that other parents can have similarily powerful experiences; this is the strength of the Piko Pals community in action.  The majority of our financial support comes from individuals.

The fees and contributions Piko Pals receives are put to a multitude of important uses.

  • Throughout the year, our program staff conducts outreach in the form of marketing, partnerships and Piko Pals Meet n Greet session for expectant and very-new parents and answers questions from thousands of expectant parents.
  • We recruit, train, evaluate and support dedicated group leaders each year.
  • We develop and continually revise and update the curriculum and materials that our groups and leaders use.
  • We recruit and maintain a roster of guest speakers in various fields who donate their time and expertise to our groups.
  • Our single goal is to ensure that Piko Pals is available to new and repeat parents when they most need it; your fees and contributions make that possible.
What topics does the Piko Pals program cover?
Topic discussions range in themes such as:
  • Adjustment to parenthood
  • Romance and intimacy with your partner
  • Becoming a wise consumer of research
  • Body image
  • Guilt
  • Work/life balance
  • Self-care
  • Sibling relationaships
  • Sleep and feeding
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Travel with an infant
How was Piko Pals developed?
Piko Pals became a network affiliate of PEPS, an organization offering new parent support groups for over 35 years, to bring this evidence-based program to Hawaii. With significant input from mothers and community volunteers, Piko Pals enriches the social and emotional needs of new parents, while incorporating local cultural values.
“As a parent, Piko Pals was an important support at a vulnerable time in my life.  My Piko Pals group leader and members helped support me through sleep regressions, marriage stress, starting solid foods, and so much more. Our formal program ended in September but my group continues to meet monthly and text when we need more immediate support. We also have one-on-one play dates frequently.

This feeling of having “a village” helping me to raise my daughter is important since my family and close friends do not live in Hawaii. The Piko Pals support group was an integral part of my confident transition to parenthood and I am eager to have the program expand and become available to more parents.”

– Ashley B.

I had the great pleasure of being a member of Piko Pal’s first cohort as a new mom in 2017.  In both my professional and personal life, I have found the work of HMHB to be of great significance and appreciate that their approach is grounded in values which empower women and families.

Despite the abundance of resources available to me from my colleagues, I was, like all new parents, entirely overwhelmed by the arrival of my first child.  Without family nearby and with few friends with children, my husband and I were missing the requisite “village” to support us as we embarked on parenthood.  Piko Pals filled this void in a way that felt organic, supportive and personal.

We leaned on each other, encouraged each other up, and normalized all of the intensely wonderful and tired feelings that come with parenthood. Programs like Piko Pals are what make a community great: building upon each other’s strengths to make for happier, healthier families. 

-Mary T.

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