Advocates rally for better care, education for keiki

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Jeremiah Kailiawa, 7, smiles while his mom, Leilani, speaks about him Friday during the Keiki Strong Rally at the Hawaii County Building in Hilo. Jeremiah was born with special needs pertaining to feeding, and Kailiawa spoke about how difficult it has been to find a school, or any learning institution, that could properly care for her son while giving him the education he deserves.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald County Councilwoman Jenn Kagiwada reads a story Friday during the Keiki Strong Rally in Hilo. The story was about the cycle of teacher burnout, which negatively impacts Hawaii's students.

Kelsey Walling/Tribune-Herald Christen Zulli speaks Friday during the Keiki Strong Rally about the difficulties of finding early childhood care that fits into normal working hours.

Advocates, parents, educators and county leaders held a rally Friday to convey the need for high-quality, accessible early childhood education and care.