Opportunity Youth Action Hawaiʻi Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center
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 that empowers communities, trains youth healers, and shifts resources to community-driven and culturally-grounded puʻuhonua, sanctuaries of support, for opportunity youth.
The Opportunity Youth Action Hawaiʻi (OYAH) hui is a unique collaboration of state and nonprofit agencies at the Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center, reflecting a central campus as a puʻuhonua, or place of peace, safety, and healing for Hawaiʻi's most vulnerable youth and young adults. Services offered share the vision to empower and equip youth with the skills needed for long-term success and independent living. Our Kupa 'Aina program is a partner of this initiative. You can learn more about the organizations on the Kawailoa campus involved and how to support them below.
The Hawaiʻi project was recognized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Lever for Change as one of 10 global finalists for the Racial Equity 2030 challenge, an open call for bold solutions to drive an equitable future for children, families and communities worldwide. The Challenge is awarding $90 million to help build and scale actionable ideas for transformative change in the systems and institutions that uphold racial inequities.
We Are Oceania
The mission of We Are Oceania (WAO) is to empower our Micronesian community to navigate success while honoring the integrity of their diverse heritage. The Micronesia region faces many challenges such as U.S. militarization and weapons testing, loss of land from rising ocean levels, and lack of a sustainable local food supply. An estimated 15,000 to 17,000 people have left their homes in search of a better life for themselves and their families here in Hawai‘i. They play a leading role in the fight against Covid-19 for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) community.
WAO received 501(c)3 status in 2021 after an initial pilot grant awarded by the Department of the Interior’s Office of Insular Affairs designated Partners in Development Foundation as their mentor organization. WAO was created by a core group of Micronesian leaders and stakeholders in Hawai‘i whose aim is to advocate for the overall health and wellbeing of Micronesian people and communities.
‘Eleu is a collective of five early childhood education agencies that believe by advocating together with one voice, we can ensure that the children and communities of Hawaiʻi will continue to flourish. The organizations share expertise in Family-Child Interaction Learning. Please click the boxes below to learn more about the organizations that make up the partnership.
The PIDF Board connected with each other during the retreat and heard about direct impact from programs.
Nearly 300 guests celebrated Partners in Development Foundation’s 25th anniversary for the Ulu Hana Pāʻina held at the historic Royal Hawaiian Hotel and raised over $225,000!
Opportunity Youth Action Hawaiʻi Intern presented at the CNHA Convention to share more about the policy work she’s engaged with at Kawailoa.
Opportunity Youth Action Hawaiʻi partner at Kawailoa, RYSE, supported Act 130, recently signed into law, to establish the Safe Spaces for Youth Pilot Program under the Department of Human Services.