Summer 2019

National Foster Care Month - Punky's Reflections - Foster Family Heroes 
Led Zeppelin Fundraiser - 50th Anniversary Call for Stories - TJX Companies Donation

Hale Kipa Recognizes National Foster Care Month

In May, Hale Kipa recognized National Foster Care Month with special efforts to educate and recruit foster families.

Hale Kipa Foster Home Developer Jessica Carter sat down with Dave Lawrence on Hawaii Public Radio’s “Helping Hand” segment, which aired May 10, to discuss the Transitional Family Homes Program for at-risk foster youth. 

Jessica was also interviewed on KHON2 News on May 30 to discuss Hale Kipa’s foster services, as well as hosting an informational table at Orange Theory Fitness Center in Kapolei to help educate the public about fostering youth.  

See more Foster Care Month activities here.

Punky's Reflections: Incorrigible Youth

I recently was quoted in an article in Midweek about Hale Kipa’s new campus on Old Fort Weaver Road, as having said that I have never met a youth that I believed was incorrigible. As I think about that, I realize that the perspective that I and I hope we have about the youth that we serve is somewhat different from other people in the community. And that is that adolescence, or adolescent behavior is often difficult to explain, unless of course we remember what we were like when we were that age. I am mindful that as I walk down the street and see people in general, but adolescents in particular, that I have no real idea about their character. Are they “good kids or bad kids?”; are they from a more affluent or less affluent families? I might have some mental models based on how they are dressed, or how they act, or what I perceive to be their race or their cultural background. But frankly almost none of that gives me any real information as to whether they are “good kids or bad kids”, since from my own experience there are individuals from all social economic levels and from all races and cultures and ethnic groups who have behaviors that I personally perceive as better or worse. I hesitate ever to use “bad”. / More

Meet our Foster Care Family Heroes

Eric and Angela Hurd started fostering youth 25 years ago in Hawaii with a desire to give back to their community. They have since fostered more than 200 youth in and out of the system, ranging in age from infancy to 18 years old, and became guardians for four youth. Now some of the first youth they fostered at age 3 are nearly 30. Some of them still call or stop by to check in and talk story. / More


Butch and Remy Alegre have participated in Hale Kipa’s Transitional Family Homes Program for more than a decade, caring for over 60 total at-risk youth from their home on Oahu.

Remy, who has two grown children and five grandchildren and works in accounting in the hospitality industry, said she started fostering after seeing so many homeless youth. / More

 A Led Zeppelin Fundraiser for Hale Kipa 

On May 31, 2019, Anna O’Briens hosted the 7th Annual  Bonzo’s Birthday Brouhaha to benefit Hale Kipa.

The fundraiser and hygiene supply drive raised $1,675, in addition to in-kind donations of clothes, linens and toiletries to support at-risk youth. 

There was a silent auction featuring original art by Marissa Buendicho and 10-year-old Emi Castanzariti. Body Glove donated a certificate for two aboard their deluxe snorkel & dolphin watch, and Jamie DeMatoff of KROCK 101.5 contributed raffle swag. / More

We Would Love to Hear From You!

As Hale Kipa prepares to celebrate it’s 50th Anniversary, we are looking to compile the story of our journey. If you have ever received services from, been employed by, or served as a board member for Hale Kipa and would be willing to share your experience, please contact us at or call us at 589-1829, x 123. Your story can be kept anonymous if you desire.

TJX Companies Award Hale Kipa $10,000

Hale Kipa was selected by TJX Companies as the Grand Opening charity for Marshalls store at the Kapolei Commons Shopping Center. The ceremony was held on Thursday, May 30 where Hale Kipa was presented with a $10,000 check for their Emergency Shelter programs which help at risk youth in Hawaii. Mahalo TJX Companies!

Mahalo to Our Generous Donors

Mahalo to our generous donors, who have made helping Hawaii’s youth and young adults a priority, regardless of where they reside. As a nonprofit organization, we rely on your generosity. Your gift helps us provide vital services to hundreds of youth and families each year. Gifts from the following donors were made in February, March, April, and May:

 Monetary gifts: Anonymous • Alice Guild • Alyson Estrella • Amazon Smile Foundation • Andy Kastenberg • Benjamin Godsey • BF Tile, Inc. • Big Island Delights • Charles Howland • Christina Jamila • Constance Saunders • Costco Wholesale Corporation • Darryl & Paula Yonezawa • David & Sharon Fairbanks • Del Mochizuki • Douglas Shirai • Elena Fragas • Emily Santiago • Erin Kahunawai Wright • Friends of Hawaii Charities, Inc. • Gregory Sitar • Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation • Hawaii Island United Way • Hawaii Justice Foundation / Bretzlaff Foundation • HawaiiUSA FCU • Heidi Brown • Heidi Jancek • Howard Lee • Imanaka Asato / ARDA • Iris Ha • Jade Painting, Inc. • Jan Ro • Jason Miyashiro • Jason Pierce • Jhamandas Watumull Fund • Judy Pyle & Wayne Pitluck • Kauai United Way • Kellie Hines • Kelly Churchill • Kristen Vierra • La Pietra - National Honor Society • Leimomi Silva • Lisa Nakamura • Luke Yeh • Lynda Dybdal Fadale • Marisa Kent • Maureen Ballard • Mike & Carol Chung • Murray & Linley Chapman • Network For Good • Nga Nguyen • Nicole Chapman • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church • Randolph Moore • Randy Faatau • Rev. Bil & Anne Aulenbach • Robert Bidwell • Robert Sotelo • Satoshi Kobashigawa • Susan Shieh Wright • Taketa 'Ohana Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation • The Episcopal Church of The Holy Nativity • The TJX Foundation, Inc. • UnitedHealthcare • USAA • Vanessa Soriano • Wah Duck & Grace K.S. Young Memorial Fund • Wendell & Kimberly Aquino

In-kind gifts: Assistance League Hawaii • Bank of Hawaii • Courtney Hannah • Family Empowerment Center • Honpa Hongwanji Hawaii Betsuin - Buddhist Women's Association • I Support the Girls, Hawaii
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