Sex Trafficking Awareness Walk Success

Hoʻōla Nā Pua’s first ever Sex Trafficking Awareness Walk was held on May 7 in downtown Honolulu.

The awareness walk drew nearly 200 men, women, girls, and boys who gathered to bring attention to the issue child sex trafficking in Hawai’i. Participants began and ended at the ARTS at Marks Garage, where they were provided signs to carry and materials to make their own signs. Many participants held signs that read “No one can own anyone”, “#NotOnOurIslands”, and “Girls my age are being trafficked”. After a 45-minute walk up and down the busy streets of downtown Honolulu, with drivers honking horns to show their support, participants returned to the ARTS at Marks Garage for light refreshments. Special thanks to Cake Envy, Mr. Donut’s & Bakery, and Downbeat Diner & Lounge for providing delectable pupu and baked goods for everyone.

news contentThe momentous event also marked the official launch of Hoʻōla Nā Pua’s “Not On Our Islands” fundraising campaign to build and sustain a safe home that provides comprehensive services to restore underage females rescued or removed from sex trafficking.  “We want to give these young girls a path to renewal and healing from their trauma,” Jessica Munoz, Hoʻōla Nā Pua’s president. “We hope to give them an increased sense of self-worth and the confident ability to successfully reintegrate into their family and the community.”

Hoʻōla Nā Pua was given the right to lease a 12-acre piece of state property with an existing 24,000 square foot building on Oahu. We have launched the Not On Our Islands Campaign to raise the one million dollars that is needed annually to support and sustain a permanent facility that will provide comprehensive services to these young girls.

Donations can be made here. Donations of any size are appreciated, and people and organizations can also sign up to be a $1,000 from 1,000 Sustaining Partner. If 1,000 individuals, businesses, or organizations each donate just $84 a month ($1000 per year), Hoʻōla Nā Pua will be well on its way to securing the annual operating funds needed for this long-term residential facility.

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