Kupa ʻAina

Hawaiʻi Project to End Youth Incarceration Receives $20 Million Award From Kellogg Foundation’s Global Challenge to Advance Racial Equity

October 11, 2022

After nearly two years of planning, PIDF and OYAH partners are honored to receive $20 million to end youth incarceration in Hawaiʻi.

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PIDF Board Connects Their “Why” During Retreat

September 19, 2022

The PIDF Board connected with each other during the retreat and heard about direct impact from programs.

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Hawaii has no girls in juvenile detention. Here’s how it got there.

July 25, 2022

Nationwide, there have been efforts to lower youth incarceration rates and close youth prisons. Efforts made by OYAH at Kawailoa are shared.

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Innovative program for at-risk youth in the running for competitive $20M grant

July 21, 2022

Original story published on Hawaii News Now on July 19, 2022 by Lynn Kawano, click here to read. HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) – An Oahu program that helps at-risk youth and young adults…

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The Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility Has No Girls. Can It Do The Same For Boys?

June 23, 2022

OYAH Kawailoa campus partners, Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility and Hale Kipa share more on how community efforts led toward lower numbers of girls incarcerated in Hawaiʻi.

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Kupa ʻAina among 17 nonprofits in 2022 – 2024 ALICE Initiative Cohort

April 27, 2022

Kupa ʻAina will expand its community partnerships to provide Hawaiʻi’s most at-risk and vulnerable youth with mentorship and vocational training opportunities, financial literacy education, and supplemental services to increase their independence and financial stability.

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Working Toward Native Hawaiian Equity In Our Justice System

March 16, 2022

Policy interns of the Opportunity Youth Action Hui, a collaboration of organizations and individuals committed to reducing the harmful effects of a punitive incarceration system for youth and promoting Native Hawaiian equity in the justice system, share on Honolulu Civil Beat.

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Farming program that aims to help at-risk youth find their way is a finalist for $20M grant

September 28, 2021

Kawailoa caught the eye of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. It named KYFWC one of 10 finalists in its Racial Equity 2030 challenge. KYFWC wants to establish a residential mental health campus for minors. The ultimate goal is to perfect a program rooted in Native Hawaiian practices that ends youth incarceration.

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Hawaiʻi among 10 finalists for $90 million global challenge to boldly address systemic racism

September 21, 2021

The “Kawailoa: A Transformative Indigenous Model to Replace Youth Incarceration” project supports youth to find their roles as healers and community contributors by replacing youth incarceration with a Native Hawaiian restorative system.

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KYFWC on Ka Wai Ola news

January 5, 2021

The Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center are highlighted as a puʻuhonua, or place to heal, for at-risk youth in hawaiʻi.

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