Keiki Heroes is a Hawaii STEM Community Care (https://www.histemcare.org) project that encourages our keiki (children) to adopt healthy habits, to recognize signs and symptoms of illness, and to inform an adult when they are feeling ill. We emphasize that keiki can be heroes by helping to protect those who care for them. Based on values of kindness and compassion, the program aims to reduce the stigma of a COVID-19 diagnosis by reframing the narrative.
The Keiki Heroes program shares messages through two adorable mascots - Kai and Hoku - who model positive behaviors like hand-washing, proper mask-wearing, knowing symptoms, and physical distancing. Our mascots adorn posters, flyers, and coloring sheets that communicate various healthy habits. These are being distributed to elementary schools and libraries, and posted in select public locations free of charge through the support of generous local donors and partners across Hawaii Island.