Anne Forshey’s journey with Ho‘ola Na Pua began with the simple act of opening the Midweek. After reading last year’s feature on Ho‘ola Na Pua, she immediately got on board with the organization, attending a volunteer orientation and supporting the annual Pearl Gala. Read More
As a graduate student in the field of social work, Marianne Fontillas had researched the topic of sex trafficking in depth. When she joined Ho‘ola Na Pua’s advocacy efforts, she turned knowledge into action, putting her talents towards one of the organization’s biggest events of the year. Read More
Ho‘ola Na Pua’s mission spans four core pillars of Health, Education, Advocacy, and Reintegration, all of which address a different facet of sex trafficking in Hawaii. As the 2016 Mrs. Hawaii United States, Kelly Kitashima has played a key role in Ho‘ola Na Pua’s goal of advocacy, using her platform to bring awareness to this issue. Read More
Even with a cursory look through Ho‘ola Na Pua’s promotional materials, it’s not long before one encounters the optimistic faces of young women and girls.
There is something that stirs inside of me. It does not leave my spirit. It has burrowed deeper and deeper into my soul over time. At moments, it is almost a nagging pain that is so deep in my chest it is physically sore. My whole body hurts for these kids. The plight of these children should not be a reality in our “modern” society. However, today my heart breaks again as I hear of yet another victim. The stirring inside of me is that nagging voice, “Do something, these young ones are MY children.” Read More