Pearl Haven Construction Update
Renewal for trafficked girls through Health, Education, Advocacy, and Reintegration
Pearl Haven is Hawaii’s first long-term licensed residential special treatment campus for underage females rescued from sexual exploitation and is a sanctuary for healing,
Aloha to all of our passionate capital campaign supporters! Without your support, we would not be where we are in the development of the Pearl Haven campus. Thank you!
Pearl Haven will be a residential treatment campus for female survivors of sexual exploitation ages 11-17. A study about the experiences of trafficked women in Hawaii conducted by ASU’s Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research in 2019 found that 81.8% of the women inter- viewed were children when they were first sex trafficked. Pearl Haven is needed to give these girls a place to heal holistically so they can reimagine their stories and reach their full potential.
Thank you for funding our first three phases of renovation for the Pearl Haven Re/Imagine campaign. The renovation project has been broken up into six phases. We are working to raise continued funding for each phase so that renovations do not stop. With your help, over the past year, we have made tremendous progress. April 2018 marked our site blessing which was attended by over 150 people. Following the site blessing, we kicked off construction with the entire architectural and engineering team and began the demolition of the interior partition walls and existing building systems of the vandalized facility. In addition to the demolition and hazardous material abatement, we are actively repairing the roof. Thank you to all of the businesses partnering with us to build Pearl Haven!
The last items to finish phase 3 are exterior windows, doors, and skylights. Once this is complete, we will begin the interior renovation work of roughing in all of the building systems: fire suppression, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical. Mahalo to our friends at HomeAid Hawaii and Protech Roofing Hawaii who provided roofing underlayment to assist with the roof repair at Pearl Haven.
We are very fortunate that the roof has steel framing. Our work is to repair and strengthen and not a full replacement. We carefully removed and cleaned existing historic roof tiles that will be reinstalled once reinforcement of the structure is complete.
New custom rafter tails on the historic roof. Custom wood rafter tails are replacing the rotted historic rafters. Skylights added to the residential wing will give ample natural light during the day for the future young women who will live at Pearl Haven.
Pearl Haven RE/IMAGINE Campaign Committee
Latest Naming Commitments
Athletic Field……………………………Angelo and Amy Falcone Charitable Fund
Atrium………………………………………The MacNaughton Group Foundation
Fire Pit………………………………………The MacNaughton Group Foundation
Front Gate……………………………….Leif and Bobbi Johansen
Girls’ Living/Gathering Room….Dr. Thomas and Mi Kosasa
Girls’ Quiet/Meditation Room…Elizabeth Rice Grossman
Health Room……………………………Glenn and Debra Weinberg Philanthropic Fund
Main Road………………………………..The MacNaughton Group Foundation
Movement Studio……………………Hawaii Women’s Legal Foundation
Office of the Clinical Director…Janie and Mark Davis
NEW Stepping Stones
Kerry Schuman & Rich Smylie
Residential Treatment of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC)
About Pearl Haven
When the existing 20,000 square foot building is fully renovated the campus will provide an ideal location for a comprehensive program of trauma recovery and preparation for reintegration into the community. The Pearl Haven program is being designed to meet the unique needs of victims (ages 11-17) who have been sexually abused and exploited. Scheduled to open in 2019 with an initial census of 8- 12 residents, Pearl Haven will eventually have a capacity to serve up to 32 underage victims. In addition to the required State of Hawaii Department of Health special treatment facility license, the program will seek national accreditation. This specialized facility will be among the first of its kind in the United States and will accept applicants from all islands and from across the country.
The Importance of Individualized Comprehensive Care
Recovery from severe trauma requires a comprehensive and holistic approach to healing. A comprehensive assessment of each girlʻs physical, emotional, psychological, spiritual, educational, social and reintegration needs will be completed as part of the admission process. Each girl, and her family when appropriate, participate in the development of a comprehensive, individualized trauma recovery plan.
Based on research and emerging best practices in trauma recovery and specific intervention with sexually exploited adolescents, the range of interventions which may be incorporated into the individualized plan include group, individual and family therapy as well as adjunct therapies including equine, art, dance and music therapy, gardening therapy, health care, educational assessment and individualized learning plans, activities of daily living, and cultural learning activities. The Pearl Haven Program will be designed to equip residents with the coping skills, life skills, and education, needed for successful reintegration into their community. Transition and reintegration planning will be important elements of the program, including linking girls and their families with community partners whose services will support their successful recovery and reintegration.
The direct impact on exploited girls
When a girl walks into Pearl Haven, she begins restorative trauma therapy designed for sexually trafficked girls. She receives a comprehensive array of sex trafficking specific programming and services that include individual and group therapy, clinical care, spiritual services, and family therapy. At Pearl Haven she learns critical life skills that include academic education, personal care and protection, interpersonal skills, music, and art. There is a training kitchen and movement studio where she can learn how to cook and dance. Our program helps her develop self-value. She now believes she can achieve her goals and dreams, and embraces the value and meaning of her life. She is able to stay with us for up to 2 years.
Please consider donating to help continue to make this dream a reality.
Be part of the solution! It’s with the dedication of our supporters that we are able to advance education, awareness, and action to provide restoration for children rescued from sexual exploitation. Whether you want to volunteer your time, voice, or resources, we’ve made it easy find a way to get involved with Hoʻōla Nā Pua.
You can help survivors of sex trafficking. Donations for sex trafficking to Hoʻōla Nā Pua support Health, Education, Advocacy and Reintegration, which includes our Starfish mentorship program and sustains ongoing operating and Pearl Haven site development costs. Our Federal ID number (EIN) is 46-5139164. Your gift may be 100% deductible from your taxable income.