As the season of Thanksgiving approaches, it seems fitting that we highlight an all-volunteer community project that benefits keiki and their families. About a year ago, Ali Dauler, founder and manager of the Keiki Klothing Exchange-Kihei (KKEK), instigated the free clothing exchange program here on Maui. KKEK started small. It was held at a Kihei community park along with Dauler’s bootcamp workout for moms. “We would exercise and then swap the clothes we brought,” Dauler said. “Subsequently, as I noticed KKEK’s growth, I knew it was time for the next step. I spoke to my church officials about using their site. Once everything was approved, we had a home at Kihei Lutheran Church, a perfect location for KKEK.” There is a full playground and ample parking, restrooms with changing tables, and a beautiful lanai for the exchange. “I needed more help, women to support and be a part of my project,” she noted. “Luna Amezcua gave a huge amount of time and assistance and became my KKEK partner. Additionally, we have a dream team of helpful women volunteers.”
Dauler’s mission has always been to reach out to as many families as possible. “As moms, Amezcua and I knew the importance of coming together as a community, as a support system,” Dauler said. “Now that KKEK has grown, we want everyone to know that although this is a fabulous recourse for families in need, it’s also for anyone and everyone.”
The free clothing exchange is held on the first Saturday of every month, 9am to 11am, at Kihei Lutheran Church. All the leftover merchandise is delivered to numerous charities, including Women Helping Women, Imua, shelters, and various churches. “We accept toys, books, shoes, and all baby items,” said Dauler. “Everything is sorted beforehand by our amazing volunteers to ensure there are no rips or stains, and that all the toys are in working condition. Our standards are high and our hearts are full. Let’s face it, kids grow, and clothes don’t. I always say, ‘Bring what you can, and take what you need!’”
We appreciate all the community support and all the donations for our free clothing exchange.
Ali Dauler, Keiki Klothing Founder and Manager