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.
Yes, our local kids are trafficked and these are the kids we help.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children.
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).
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.
It happens right here in Hawaii with local kids. It happens on the mainland, it happens everywhere.
About Pearl Haven
Our opening date will be determined by how quickly we raise the funds needed for renovation.
32 girls at full capacity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Pearl Haven is built specifically for girls. Our Starfish Mentoring Program is available for all genders.
About Hoʻōla Nā Pua (HNP)
HNP was incorporated in 2013, but the first members of our team began this work in 2009.
Ho’ōla Nā Pua means “New Life For Our Children.” Our name was given to us by a local Kumu (teacher).
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.
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.
A partial list includes:
Department of Education
Homeland Security Investigations
Hawaii Tourism Authority
Aloha United Way
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
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.”.