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Kawailoa A Transofrmative Indigenous Model to Replace Youth Incarceration
Kawailoa A Transofrmative Indigenous Model to Replace Youth Incarceration

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 project 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
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
'Eleu

‘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.

RECENT NEWS

RECENT NEWS

Mahalo to our 1027 Da Bomb ʻOhana, Keola Klaus Check Presentation 2021

December 22, 2021

Local radio station 1027 da bomb’s Keola and team, along with Ali from Raising Cane’s present a check of $17,250 to make this holiday season a special one for PIDF ʻohana this year.

Sleigh the day with Keola Klaus’s Toy Drive

December 10, 2021

Support PIDF’s program keiki for a very Merry Christmas! Donate $10 or more in this virtual toy drive and receive a FREE Box Combo from Raising Cane’s.

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.

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.