It's a condition that's often misunderstood -- but a local program is making a positive impact on children with autism. 

The program is a partnership between CrossFit Hawaii Town Fitness, the Hawaii Chapters of Easter Seals and Talk about Curing Autism. They all have one goal: to get the kids moving and to boost their confidence.

Ian Ajimine, owner and head coach of CrossFit Hawaii Town Fitness, has a personal connection to autism.

"My cousin is autistic, so I grew up seeing my auntie and uncle raise him," said Ajimine. "He didn't have a whole lot of things that he could do so I wanted to give a place, use my gym, my resources, my talents to give back and help these kids run around and get fit."

The natural thing for him to do was to start a program to benefit local children and families. 

He partnered with Easter Seals Hawaii and Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) -- and together they came up with a plan.

"It just so happened Ian is very giving and reached out to our organization TACA and to Easter Seals and said, I want to do this amazing thing and we're like, oh my gosh this is so exciting," said Kiele Pennington, a parent of an autistic child.

TACA supports 900 families in Hawaii who are dealing with autism, a developmental disorder usually diagnosed in children between 18 months and two years.

Pennington says it's one that has a very broad spectrum -- from low-level to higher-level functioning.

"Each one of these kiddos has a different thing that maybe bothers them or is challenging for them because autism is so individual, and I think that's the other thing about autism that's hard is that it's so individual to the person," she said.

The program consists of 12 learners and 25 volunteers. While the program is already considered a success, Easter Seals Hawaii is collecting data to see what improvements can be made.

"We're going to take whatever we get from these classes over the past three months to determine -- do we break the classes up into two different classes, do we break it up by age, by developmental level and also what the ability level is, the physical level," said Lauren Cox, Easter Seals Hawaii.

Parents and volunteers have already seen some milestones. Ajimine says the program will run through the end of the month and plans are underway for future classes.