Kauai Economic Opportunity
About Us

Main OfficeKauai Economic Opportunity, Incorporated (KEO) is a private non-profit agency which was incorporated on March 16, 1965. The agency began as a local community action program under the support of the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). KEO is a multi-purpose organization with funding from a variety of sources which it uses to plan, conduct, and evaluate a broad range of human development programs. The agency is the only human services organization on Kauai, whose purpose is to serve the low-income.

KEO has administered a variety of community service programs such as: Title XX Home Management and Chose Services, Consumer Education, Emergency Food and Medical Services, Economic Development, Transportation, Child Care, Language Arts Multicultural Program, Head Start, Emergency School Aide Act, Elderly Nutrition and Wellness Programs, Shoppers Program for the Elderly and Disabled, Horticulture, Employment Training, Family Development, a Community Anti-Crime Program, Mediation Program, Legal Services, Group Homes for Mentally and/or Physically Challenged Adults, Wilson P Cannon Youth Volunteer Program, Homeless Programs, and other programs for the disabled, Hurricane Relief, and Food Services.

KEO's Mission: "To alleviate poverty on Kauai."

The promise of Community Action: "Community Action changes people's lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other."

Goals of KEO:


  • Identify causes of poverty
  • Develop comprehensive plans to alleviate the causes of poverty
  • Assist in providing decent health and living standards
  • Develop and administer programs where the community will benefit in alleviating the causes of poverty
  • Engage in economic activities that contribute to the lives of community members and help them attain independence and self sufficiency
  • Secure and use available resources in an amicable way of reaching people in need and elimination of poverty
  • Continue to broaden the resource base to battle poverty through various grants, trusts, and foundations that are available


Kauai Economic Opportunity Inc. 2804 Wehe Road, Lihue, HI 96766.

(808) 245 40777. Fax (808) 245 7476. Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Emergency Electric Assistance Program

The Emergency Electric Assistance Program is funded by the KIUC Charitable Foundation and is designed to provide emergency assistance to customers who are past due and unable to pay their electric bill.

A household may receive assistance of up to a maximum of $250 for electric service once in a 12-month period.

*If the urgent notice due date has past you may not be eligible for assistance..

To be eligible for the Emergency Electricity Assistance Program, KIUC customers must:

Physically reside on Kauai
Have a current account with KIUC or reside at the service location
Complete a KEO Intake Application

Possess a past due KIUC bill or urgent notice
Provide proof of residence and responsibility if client is not the KIUC subscriber
Have a household income that falls at or below 300% of the Federal Poverty Level (the incomes of all persons residing at the service address are to be included).

Call 245-4077 ext. 240 for a KEO Intake appointment.

Verification of Income

  • Paystubs for the past 3 months
  • Social security or social security disability letter or printout
  • Unemployment printout
  • Child support
  • DHS Benefit History printout for Food Stamp, TANF, General Assistance
  • Self-employment: General Excise Tax filing, tax returns
  • Retirement pension
  • Veterans Benefit
  • Gifts

Verification of household members

  • Birth verification (birth certificate, passport, etc.)

Picture Identification of applicant

KIUC past due bill or urgent notice

Verification of assets

  • Savings and checking account statements
  • Profit Sharing, 401K, IRA, Mutual Funds. Pension statements

Reciept of payment for any amount over the $250.00

To print and fill out the Emergency Electric Assistance Packet please click here.

KEO's elderly Nutrition Congregate Meals Program provides nutritionally balanced meals at congregate sites where socialization and other supportive services are available to promote the health and well-being of persons 60 years of age and older. Some age exceptions are allowed.


Waimea Neighborhood Center Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 11am to Noon
Koloa Neighborhood Center Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 11am to Noon
Lihue Neighborhood Center Monday, Thursday, Friday 11am to Noon
Kilauea Neighborhood Center Monday, Thursday, Friday 11am to Noon
Kaumakani Neighborhood Center Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11am to Noon
Kekaha Neighborhood Center Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 11am to Noon


Transitional Housing

Transitional Housing Program “Your Pathway to Self-Sufficiency”



- To provide a safe, stable environment to promote a self sufficient life style

- To enable clients to find employment and retain employment

- To learn money management techniques for lifetime use


- Job Search

- Budgeting

- Training Workshops

- Referrals to outside agencies

Target Groups:

- Families (no larger than 6) who are homeless or at risk of being homeless

- Individuals who are homeless or at risk of being homeless

· A monthly fee is paid by program participants


How Do I Qualify?

If you are homeless or at risk of being homeless and are interested in participating in the program, please contact the Housing Coordinator at 245 4077 ext 235.

How to Apply

- Call 245 4077 ext 240 and make an Intake application appointment

- Submit the following:

o Income verifications

o Birth verifications for entire household

o Social security verification for entire household

o Picture identification

Transitional Housing

– KEO’s Mana’olana Transitional Housing Project consists of 8 one-bedroom units. The program provides safe and decent transitional shelters for up to 24 months. It also assists homeless persons to help them become self sufficient through life skill training, counseling, and access to community resources. Obstacles preventing homeless persons from obtaining and retaining permanent housing are addressed and discussed as well.

KEO is a non profit 501(c)3 organization and donations to Mana’olana may be tax deductible. For specific information about how your gift or volunteerism could help our shelter, please contact our Shelter Director at 245 7692, our Housing Director at 245 4077 ext 228 or send an email to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Homeless Outreach Progam


The Care-A-Van is a mobile unit providing services on-site where homeless congregate.  The program conducts intake, referrals, and other needed services to eligible unsheltered homeless persons to assist in the progression toward a healthier, more stable living condition with the ultimate goal of permanent housing and self-sufficiency.  If you have further questions, please call our Care-A-Van worker at 808 245 4077 ext. 232.

Click here to see the Care-A-Van schedule.


*Once you have donated to KEO through PayPal, please submit a Donation Form.