WHO WE ARE:
We serve an Island-wide and National Need through Health, Education, Advocacy, and Reintegration. Our volunteers work tirelessly, networking and collaborating with political figures, the justice system, social services, faith-based communities, state licensing institutions, foundations, health care professionals, and other community members in Hawaii who share our mission to improve the lives of these underage victims. We are an active member of the Hawaii Coalition Against Human Trafficking Task Force.
Currently, Hoʻōla Nā Pua is the only organization working to build a long-term licensed residential facility of this kind in Hawai’i.
EACH LIFE MATTERS:
The scope of the problem can be overwhelming. The number of victims needing restorative intervention is vast, the rehabilitative process is challenging, and the resources currently available are sparse. We are often asked why we continue moving forward in light of the obstacles. For that, we point them to the story of The Boy and the Starfish. Though well known, it accurately portrays the heart of Hoʻōla Nā Pua.
The Hawaiian name Hoʻōla Nā Pua means “New Life for our Children.” Hoʻōla means healing and new life; pua means flower and is also a term of endearment when referring to children. Our name was blessed and given to us by a local kumu (teacher) to richly and culturally reflect our mission, and it closely identifies with and reflects our Hawaiian values and social heritage.
Many may see a flower in our logo, others a starfish, which symbolizes healing and renewal. Both have significant meaning and accurately depict our vision and mission. Our name speaks of new life and little flowers. Our mission is to offer new life through a comprehensive therapeutic campus for the vulnerable population of children who have been sex trafficked. We view these children as precious flowers needing hope, love, healing, and restoration.
Given the overwhelming scope of the problem, the vast number of victims needing restorative intervention, the challenging rehabilitative process, and the lack of resources, we are often asked why we continue moving forward. While the story of The Boy and the Starfish is well known to most, it accurately portrays our heart.