Incarcerated women spend time with their children for Mother's Day

KAILUA (HawaiiNewsNow) - At the Women's Community Correctional Center in Kailua, behind the barbed wire fence, a side of prison life you rarely see.

For seven years "Keiki O Ka Aina" has hosted "Kid's Day" at the state's only female prison.

A rare chance for incarcerated moms to spend quality time with their sons or daughters and celebrate Mother's Day.

"You know they are children still yet and they just want to be with their parents and likewise and they're still a mom so they benefit to keep connection and bonding going", said Memory Ku of Keiki O Ka Aina.

For some it's been a year since they've seen their kids.

Moms and their children enjoy a carnival-like atmosphere of games, face painting, and arts and crafts; a far cry from your usual prison visit.

"We're in like little metal chairs there's no toys no activities, you have to remain on your lap, and can't run around because he was only 3 so it was very different so I was very grateful for the program we can interact, play with toys and be a kid", said Amourelle Camfield.

Mothers had just 3 1/2 hours to play with their kids. The time goes by fast, but they cherish every moment of it.

"Because it's a thing you can do only once in awhile, because it makes it better for us to spend time with them", said Christian Miyaji.

Aside from the smiles and hugs, there are long-lasting benefits to these extended visits.

"For me personally I didn't know how to react or interact with my kids without the use of drugs and to get to know each other without it, it's a blessing he amazes me", said Yvette Hamalian.