Upcoming Money Smarts class:

Money Smarts will be held at Kapolei Hale on
Saturdays, May 14 and 21, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Both days are required for completion. Kapolei Hale is the satellite city hall/DMV at
1000 Uluohia Street in Kapolei.

To register, call 683-2303 and leave a message including who will attend,
or email

Kūlia Like looks to strengthen individual's and families’ economic situations.  Services provided are to enhance skills to make financial and survival decisions towards self-sufficiency.

Services provided are Financial Literacy and Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA).

Money SMARTS is the financial literacy curriculum.  Money SMARTS begins with setting goals with SMARTS, both short-term and long-term goals. The course moves on to banking tools that can help with our financing. Strategies for budgeting and savings are discussed and we develop an actual family budget. Together, we look at credit, credit cards, consumer rights, how to read a credit report and fixing our credit. The course concludes with Investing for the Future with savings plans for education, starting a business, homeownership and retirement plans. The course is designed for individuals or families with up to moderate income and gives a good overview of personal and family financial management strategies.

The Money SMARTS course is free! The course is eight hours long and is delivered in a light and engaging manner. The binder and handouts become a toolkit personalized for your family. The course is presented by ALU LIKE, Inc., and sponsored by the State of Hawai’i Department of Human Services.

For more information, and to reserve a space at an upcoming class, contact Greg Field at 683-2303 or

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)

Individual taxpayers and families may need assistance from time to time with filing federal and state income tax returns, and to be certain that they are receiving all of the appropriate credits and deductions available to them.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program offers free tax help for low-to moderate-income people who cannot prepare their own federal or state tax returns. IRS trained and certified individuals help prepare basic income tax returns to qualified individuals.

Taxpayers are informed about special tax credits for which they may qualify such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.