The Institute for Family Enrichment, affectionately known as TIFFE, is a local organization founded in 1981 in Honolulu, Hawaii. 28 years ago, we started with a mission to provide creative and effective training and services for children and families in Hawaii. We also dared to dream that someday we would be able to provide opportunities for other professionals to work in a nurturing and creative team environment.
We invite you to explore TIFFE through this website as we "enjoy the ride together."
From the humble beginnings of working out of our car trunks and a P.O. Box, TIFFE now operates from the corporate office in Honolulu, with local office sites in Kaneohe, Hilo, Kealakekua Kona, and Pahoa on the Big Island. Our prevention program services are available on every island in the state, specialized intervention and treatment programs are available on Oahu and the Big Island, with training and education services available statewide.
Our individual dreams have been surpassed and we are deeply grateful to be able to share the dream with others who love to work with children and families. From the five founders in 1981, we now have over 370 staff statewide providing an array of services for and on behalf of children, adolescents, adults and families across the state of Hawaii.
m.j. amundson, phd, aprn
Has more than 50 years experience in behavioral health nursing, community mental health nursing, community mental health education, program development, administration and service programs.
barbara naki, rn, ma
Has more than 40 years experience in implementing training programs, curriculum design and clinical services, national trainer/consultant for the Nurturing Program, co-author of the Nurturing Program for Prenatal Families and the Multi-Cultural Parenting Guide's Hawaiian Parenting Component, instructor at LCCW in the Social Science Department for 20 years.
linda honda, lsw
Has 30 years of experience in the field of Human Potential Development with a background in integrating system concepts through program design and implementation of services for children and families in the community.
thomas k. naki, mph
Has over 35 years of experience in community outreach, advocacy, training and education. A National Nurturing Parenting Program Trainer/Consultant specializing in culturally relevant curriculum for fathers and co-author of the multi-Cultural Pare
linda taylor, msw
Has 20 years experience in counseling with women, children, and families, and has been instrumental in organizational development for the provision of human services and business.
The Institute For Family Enrichment (TIFFE) is an organizational family where individual growth is encouraged through warmth, nurturance, respect, acceptance, and unconditional love. From within this circle of nurturance, TIFFE reaches out to serve children, families, and the community. We strive to replenish souls in the journey of life as we work to make a difference. Enjoy the ride together!
core values and beliefs
We believe that human beings are worthy individuals, capable of choosing their own paths. To support learning and growing we value individuals, respect their culture, and provide the dignity that is their right as human beings. Woven into all aspects of TIFFE is the concept and practice of nurturing principles as the core strength of who we are and what we do.
The foundation of TIFFE is built on four cornerstones:
A belief that human beings are individuals of worth and capable of realizing their potential.
- 2) A commitment to learning and growth as essential to human development.
- 3) A holistic viewpoint and systems approach to services and program design and delivery.
- 4) A value for instituting concepts, designs, and services to create a comprehensive model of service delivery.