We are committed to the prevention of sex trafficking and providing care to children who have been exploited.
Ho‘ōla Nā Pua (New Life for Our Children) was founded to shine light into the dark, placing the health of Hawai‘i’s youth at the center of our mission and our vision for our community. We are dedicated to creating a community where children are safe and have the ability to embrace their bright futures. Today, not only does HNP offer integrated programming that reaches thousands of youth, community members and stakeholders across the state of Hawai‘i annually, but is considered a national partner and a rising standard in the global effort to stop sex trafficking, permanently.
Systems ranging from foster care involvement, criminal justice personnel, schools, and healthcare providers may have interacted with children who have been exploited without recognizing the complexity of their experiences. Without the support necessary to wrap around these children when they try to exit their situation, the cycle continues.
An adequate response to the problem requires participation from numerous entities, including advocates, mentors, service providers, health and mental health care providers, law enforcement, legislators, prosecutors, educators, and the commercial sector. A problem of this scope and scale can only be tackled when we come together as a community that is aware, engaged, and committed to preventing victimization and supporting the comprehensive services that are needed for those who have been victimized.
Through collaboration and partnerships, Ho‘ōla Nā Pua is building a comprehensive and sustainable response to the issue of sex trafficking and exploitation.
This includes programming to address prevention, intervention, empowerment, and healing to create a continuum of care. Healthy recovery from severe trauma requires coordinated services that are culturally responsive, survivor informed, and trauma informed.
Programs focus on addressing commercial sexual exploitation of children through prevention and direct services: Youth and Student Education, Community Awareness, Training for Professionals, Advocacy, Mentorship, Group Services, and in early 2021, Residential Treatment.
Ho‘ōla Nā Pua’s programs are designed to provide a continuum of care before, during, and after exploitation.
“Ho`ōla Nā Pua, meaning ‘New Life for Our Children,’ was founded to shine light onto the dark criminal enterprise of sex trafficking, placing the health of Hawaii’s youth at the center of our mission and vision for our community.”