A Healthy place to thrive

In the year 2000, a board of concerned Maui residents and parents of disabled children came together with one goal in mind: to establish a residential and vocational community where autistic and intellectually/developmentally disabled (IDD) adults can live, work and thrive. 

La'akea, a 501(c)3 organization, has been working with the community, parents and other providers throughout the state to solve this problem. Our mission is to provide a residential community where youth and adults with disabilities can work, learn and live as part of a thriving ‘ohana.

In 2010, the organization commenced services as La’akea, a Department of Health licensed agency. With support from Maui County, the Hawai‘i State Legislature, select private foundations, individual donors, and current IDD providers across Maui County, La’akea has secured and operates the 12-acre farm, along with a country store, an indoor day program and a community building. Additionally, La’akea owns and operates one Department of Health licensed group home, manages three apartments supporting IDD clients where they live independently, and serves additional day program clients.

At La’akea, special needs participants experience an inclusive life sharing setting where they engage in a healthy and productive lifestyle—learning, connecting and contributing to something greater than themselves. La’akea has grown as a valued part of the larger Pai’a and Maui community, as many citizens visit the farm weekly for fresh-grown fruit, vegetables and meaningful interaction.