PEARL HAVEN, a new program of Ho‘ōla Nā Pua, is a premier Special Treatment Facility (STF) that opened in the Spring of 2021. Pearl Haven’s 32-bed, residential treatment program, is the first of its kind in Hawaii, designed to provide trauma-informed therapeutic services for youth ages 11-17, who have complex trauma or are diagnosed with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances (SEBD) as a result of likely sexual exploitation or trafficking.
Ho‘ōla Nā Pua’s vision for Pearl Haven is to provide safety, reconnection, and comprehensive behavioral health services for the youth in residence. With the specialized training of its faculty, the individualized treatment programs for each resident, and the healing therapeutic environment of its serene campus, Pearl Haven will transform lives by providing specialized services for our most vulnerable youth.
As part of Ho‘ōla Nā Pua’s expansive community programs including its Hōkū Group Servicesand Starfish Mentoring, Pearl Haven provides a restorative experience, focusing not only on behavioral change, but also in addressing the core-root of an exploited youth’s trauma. The team uses a progressive and comprehensive treatment model committed to keeping youth stable while promoting sustained healing, recovery, and personal success as they reintegrate into society.
With the opening of Pearl Haven, Ho’ōla Nā Pua – together with your generous support – is considered a national advocacy partner and a breakthrough rising standard in the global effort to end sex trafficking, permanently.
The Pearl Haven campus is a serene 13 acre property, with a 24,000 square foot building. When Ho`ōla Nā Pua began renovations of the century old property, we knew a complete transformation would be necessary to create a place of healing and a space that feels like home.
In January of 2021, Ho`ōla Nā Pua completed a $9,000,000 capital campaign to open the campus to youth. Funded primarily by private philanthropists, Pearl Haven was made possible by the generosity of community partnerships and a highly skilled team.
AHL and Design Builders, Inc. for the pro bono building design and for the in kind engineering donation from InSynergy.
Landmark Builders for the devotion to constructing a home and safe place.
The Capital Campaign Committee of volunteers: Jeff Arce Patrick Boyce John Dean Kenton Eldridge Melissa Jackson Karen Polivka
The Pearl Haven Model
A natural pearl, also known as Hawai’i’s beloved momi, is often hidden and can be easily forgotten. At the Bromley Family Pearl Haven Campus, we see these hidden ‘pearls’ as youth who have experienced the complex trauma of exploitation. Residents of Pearl Haven will find renewed life within the protection and care of Ho’ola Na Pua’s comprehensive programming. Just as a pearl requires layers of protection to thrive, we will provide the layers of care needed for these young individuals to heal and grow as they reintegrate into our community.
At Pearl Haven we believe that healing is not something a child does on their own, but that it takes a community surrounding the child with aloha (love and compassion). That community includes the entire Pearl Haven team, the youth’s ʻohana, and other members in their multidisciplinary team all working towards the same goal: healing and protecting traumatized and exploited youth. The community comes together to nurture and connect our youth with supportive, prosocial resources that bolster growth, inspire progress, and empower the youth towards ola (health and wellbeing).
Just as a piece of sand transforms gradually into a pearl, healing from sexual trauma requires layers of consistency, structure, safe nurturing relationships, and corrective experiences. At Pearl Haven, youth and their ‘ohana are provided the space to process the hurt, heal the fractures in their relationships, and be surrounded with the support to create newer healthier relationships. Together, youth and their community work towards healing, hope, and a bright future.
Pearl Haven’s trauma-responsive and attachment-focused milieu catalyzes a uniquely beneficial experience for youth. Utilizing Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®), an evidence-based, holistic approach to treating trauma, Pearl Haven focuses on helping youth feel safe through connection and structure. This improves emotional regulation, proactively identifies and prevents traumatic triggers, and supports trauma processing, ensuring youth can develop and practice skills that support successful transition back into their home community.
At Pearl Haven, assessment, evaluation, and treatment are not separate processes: they comprise a holistic program that begins at admission and continues throughout the youth’s stay. By achieving collaboration between youth and family, Pearl Haven’s treatment planning connects each youth to targeted, gender-specific, evidence-based interventions; it also establishes individual treatment goals designed to lower risk factors and build upon protective factors and innate strengths.
Family involvement is integral to the success of our youth. We engage families as active participants in youth treatment planning and programming, and we encourage their participation in a full spectrum of treatments, including family therapy, TBRI® skills groups, support groups, spiritual and cultural celebrations, and on-campus events, such as graduations and holiday celebrations.
Education, Vocation & Extracurricular
Pearl Haven provides 5th through 12th grade level courses through a school structure that is conducive to the high needs of our youth population. Our on-site school operates year-round; classes run five days a week; and we are fully aligned with Hawai’i Academic Standards. This model offers us incredible advantages: learning extends far beyond the classroom and includes opportunities for youth to participate in engaging extracurriculars, including art, music, and athletics.
Upon receipt, Pearl Haven’s Admissions Team will review the referral packet and all documentation and will coordinate with the youth’s placing agency to schedule a pre-admission meeting.
Additional documents needed for admission:
Mental health history
Completion of the referral packet and/or youth interview does not guarantee admission. If a youth is not admitted to Pearl Haven, staff will make reasonable efforts to refer the youth to an appropriate service. The person contacted and outcome of the referral will be documented. Pearl Haven protects the confidentiality of referrals and cannot release information without guardian approval.
“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.”