About Sex Trafficking

What is Sex Trafficking?

Sex trafficking is when a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, OR in which the person induced to perform such act is under 18.

Are local kids trafficked?

Yes, our local kids are trafficked and these are the kids we help.

What does CSEC stand for?

Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.

How many kids in Hawaii are Sex Trafficked?

An estimated 2,780 local Hawai‘i youth may be at risk for commercial sexual exploitation (see definition above). This number is based on an average of 3,976 runaway reports per year in the state of Hawai‘i (Attorney General’s Uniform Crime Report Statistics, 2003 to 2012).

How many native Hawaiian girls are at risk?

At the very least, 115 native Hawaiian girls are at risk every year. Within 48 hours of a runaway adolescent being on the streets, one-third of them will be approached for sexual services. ~%50 of the 229 girls who were arrested for running away in 2009 were native Hawaiian.

I thought this just happened overseas?

It happens right here in Hawaii with local kids. It happens on the mainland, it happens everywhere.

About Pearl Haven

When will Pearl Haven open?

Our opening date will be determined by how quickly we raise the funds needed for renovation.

How many girls can stay at Pearl Haven?

32 girls at full capacity.

How much will Pearl Haven cost to build?

We are lowering our costs everyday. Our current renovation estimate on the 20,000 square foot facility is 9$ million dollars. Donation of material and professional labor could change this cost.

Is treatment for girls in a residential facility worth it?

We believe every exploited child who needs it deserves this treatment. The cost per child at Pearl Haven includes comprehensive treatment, school, and life skills training.

How will Pearl Haven be sustainable?

We are currently working on 6 diverse revenue streams. After Pearl Haven opens we will apply for CARF accreditation, this will allow us to accept private insurance.

What is CARF?

Founded in 1966 as the Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, CARF International is an independent, nonprofit accreditor of health and human services. CARF accreditation signals a service provider’s commitment to continually improving services, encouraging feedback, and serving the community.

Is Pearl Haven for all genders?

Pearl Haven is built specifically for girls. Our Starfish Mentoring Program is available for all genders.

About Hoʻōla Nā Pua (HNP)

When was Ho’ōla Nā Pua founded?

HNP was incorporated in 2013, but the first members of our team began this work in 2009.

What does Ho’ōla Nā Pua mean?

Ho’ōla Nā Pua means “New Life For Our Children.” Our name was given to us by a local Kumu (teacher).

What is Ho’ōla Nā Pua?

Ho’ōla Nā Pua is an organization building a response to sex trafficking. Our response network includes four program areas: Health, Education, Advocacy, and Reintegration. Each of these program areas provide services specifically built for sex trafficked youth.

Is HNP based in Hawaii?

Yes! In 2009 Members of what is now Ho’ōla Nā Pua started Anti-human trafficking work.
In 2011, Members of Ho’ōla Nā Pua volunteered with a mainland based organization hoping their stated mission to build a home for trafficked girls would be successful. In 2013 Ho’ōla Nā Pua was established.

Who endorses Ho’ōla Nā Pua’s programs?

A partial list includes:

Department of Education

Homeland Security Investigations

Hawaii Tourism Authority

Kamehameha Schools 

Lili‘uokalani Trust

Consuelo Foundation

Aloha United Way

Salvation Army

Does Ho’ōla Nā Pua work with kids of all genders?

Ho’ōla Nā Pua’s Starfish mentorship program works with all genders. Our Pearl Haven residential treatment facility will serve only girls.

About Starfish Mentoring

What is the Starfish Mentorship Program?

Starfish Mentoring Program (SMP) is a structured program that provides trauma-informed care to youth who are at risk of, or victims of CSEC (commercial sexual exploitation of children), ages 11-24. Extensively trained volunteer mentors are committed to offering appropriate care and support in a 1:1 setting with their mentee.”.