Theresa "Momi" Akana started Keiki O Ka Aina Family Learning Centers eleven years ago as a struggling single mom on welfare with three young kids. She used her food stamps to buy snacks for the center, which she operated out of her home, an old kimchee factory that was in a state of disrepair. Even when she was in need, the nonprofit organization helped over 9,000 families by providing free culturally educational programs to native Hawaiians who could not otherwise afford them.
Extreme Makeover and Brookfield Homes Hawaii constructed the largest structure in the show's history when they erected a new center to house the Family Learning Center. The dilapidated community center was bulldozed, and a new meeting space created, with a new plantation-style home built right next door for the Akana family.