We serve an Islands-wide and national need through Health, Education, Advocacy, and Reintegration. Our staff, board of directors, and volunteers work tirelessly, networking and collaborating with political figures, the justice system, law enforcement, social services, faith-based communities, state licensing institutions, foundations, health care professionals, and other community members in Hawaii who share our mission to create bright futures for youth and their families.
Ho’ōla Nā Pua (New Life for Our Children) was founded to shine light into dark voids of violation, placing the health of Hawaii’s youth at the center of our mission and our vision for our community. We are committed to the prevention of child sex trafficking and providing care for children who have been exploited. HNP is 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 over thousands of youth and community members and stakeholders across the state of Hawaii 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 these children 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 the community 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 health to create a continuum of care. Healthy recovery from severe trauma requires coordinated services that are culturally responsive, survivor informed, and trauma informed.
Our Core Values:
CHILDREN Vulnerable populations need advocates and exploited children need services.
INTEGRITY We build and maintain mutual trust through transparency in matters of business and finance with full disclosure and prudent practices.
INNOVATION We commit to continually improve our programmatic response to sex trafficking.
SUSTAINABILITY Through careful planning, impact evaluation, and diversification we will implement long-term services for victims.
COLLABORATION Is the only way to sustainably identify and permanently remove children from the atrocity of human trafficking.
“Ho‘ōla Nā Pua has given my heart such a deeper insight to the healing process; it taught me to have patience with self, forgiveness, lots of energy, which took time to change. Ho‘ōla Nā Pua has given me HOPE in a future where children can get support, guidance and not have shame, but able to see the gift of the chaos.” -Survivor, Kahalu’u Hawai’I & volunteer
“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.”