Hale Kipa Welcomes Venus Kauʻiokawēkiu
Rosete-Medeiros as President & CEO

Hale Kipa is pleased to announce the appointment of Venus Kauʻiokawēkiu Rosete-Medeiros as President & CEO. The Hawai‘i nonprofit organization, which has served at-risk youth and their families for more than 50 years, conducted a search for a new CEO last fall after longtime CEO Punky Pletan-Cross announced his retirement.

Rosete-Medeiros has more than 35 years of experience serving youth and families in Hawai’i. Her extensive background includes work with nonprofit organizations, as well as private and public school systems. More

Celebrating Hale Kipa’s Dedicated Professionals During the 2022 National Social Work Month

Each March, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) celebrates social workers for their dedication to helping others and making our society a better place to live for all. 

Social workers have served as an integral part of the United States for decades. They played key roles in the civil rights and women’s rights movements, supported marriage and employment protections for LGBTQ people, and fought for social programs that we now take for granted, such as the minimum wage. More

On February 26, Hale Kipa held a very special ALOHA CELEBRATION in honor of Punky Pletan-Cross (Hale Kipa retired CEO) and welcomed Venus Kauʻiokawēkiu Rosete-Medeiros (Hale Kipa President & CEO). We are deeply moved by the support to mālama the youth and families of Hawaiʻi from our sponsors. Without YOU, we could not be where we are today nor navigate towards the future to ensure that youth and families thrive. Mahalo nui!

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Hale Kipa Welcomes Dr. Dianne Bowen-Coleman as Program Director

Hale Kipa is pleased to announce the hiring of Dr. Dianne Bowen-Coleman as its new Program Director. Dr. Bowen-Coleman comes to Hale Kipa with a wealth of experience working for and volunteering with many non-profits, all of which focus on the wellbeing of children, teens, young adults, and their families. 

Dr. Bowen-Coleman is a summa cum laude graduate of the Royal University of Groningen School of Medicine in Groningen, The Netherlands, where she received her Medical Doctorate and Master of Science degrees and continued to their Pediatric residency program. She received her Bachelor of Science degree at Chatham College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. More

A Special Dedication

On Jan. 19, 2022, in the Hale Kipa courtyard, the leadership team presented former CEO Punky Pletan-Cross and his wife, Cris, with a jade color, stone bench and a plaque to recognize their extraordinary contribution to Hale Kipa over the last 23 years.

In the spirit of kahiauselfless generosity, and in honor of Punky's 23 years of service to the organization and the community, the Punky Fund was established to meet those special needs of our ‘ōpio, their ‘ohana, and our staff that are not already funded by grants and contracts. The fund has already collected over $6,500 towards these goals. 

Mahalo to Our Many Hale Kipa Supporters!

Hale Kipa is grateful to have received generous donations from the following organizations: 

Business Solution Technologies
The HawaiiUSA FCU Foundation
The Starbucks Foundation’s Neighborhood Grants program
Purvé Donut Stop

Your support helps us to keep crucial programs and services available to our at-risk youth.  Mahalo!

Save the Date!  Our Next Panda Express Fundraiser is April 29th!
Treat yourself and your loved ones with a take-out meal from Panda Express. Order online nationwide on Friday, April 29th with coupon code VFR906707 and 28% of your total will be donated to Hale Kipa.  Mahalo!
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 from November 2021 through February 2022.

Monetary gifts:  John and Charmaine Aeto • Camila Albert • Eve Anderson • Carl Arakaki • Maureen Ballard • William Bekemeier • Mary Ann and Jim Bell • Katie and Chris Bennett • Carolyn Berry Wilson and Dave Wilson • Big Island Delights • Nicholas Bredimus • Susan Burden • Business Solution Technologies • Ester Cabalse • Alexander Campbell • Frisbee Campbell • Capeesh Consulting • Robert Carlson • David and Laurie Carr • William Carreira • Lee and Peter Carson • Thomas Carson • Momi Cazimero • Gerry and Philip Ching • Chung Kun AI Foundation • Clint and Suzy Churchill • Kelly Churchill • Jeanne Cordeiro • Heidi Cregor • Paula Daligcon • Glenn and Lynne Ebisui • EPIC 'Ohana • Renee Ernst • Foodland Super Market • Elena Fragas • Judith Goldman • Brian Grieves • Iris Ha • Galen Haneda • Hawaii Hotel Industry Foundation • Hawaiian Electric Company (HECO) • HawaiiUSA FCU • Ken Hayashida • Hedberg, Batrara & Vaughan-Sarandi • Cindy Hernandez • Victoria Hill • Virginia and Bill Hinshaw • Aileen Hiramatsu • Joshua Ho • John Hoag • Honeygirl Productions, Inc. • Charles Howland • HUIHOS • Anne Hyde • Integrated Packaging • Tracy Janowicz • Joseph and Vera Zilber Charitable Foundation • Kai Hawaii, Inc. • Julianna Kaleopa • Erica Kaolowi • Andrew Kastenberg • Leslie Ann Kawamoto • Jaque Kelley-Uyeoka • Marisa Kent • Kuulani Keohokalole • Elspeth Kerr • Thao and Souvanna Khamoui • John Kimball • Donna and Gary King • Jean Kirschenmann • Carolyn Koehler • Dennis and Jill Kondo • Kukio Community Fund • Marie Kunimura • Lanson Kupau • Darryl and Patricia Lee • Grace Lee • Jason Lee • Lenley Lewis • Sandra Linskey • Lucky Tree Fund • Helen MacNeil and Patrick McFadden • Macy's • Michael Magaoay • Aaron Masuoka • Wendie McAllaster • Douglas and Gale McNish • Zachary McNish and Kilikina Mahi • The Michael J. Marks Foundation • Microsoft • Georgeanne Miyamoto • Moive Museum • Mary Moore • Margret Murchison • Teresa O'Connell • Jean Odo • Gwen Okamoto • Oshima Company, CPA • Savan Patel • Playstation Cares • Polo Ralph Lauren, Kapolei Team • Purve Donut Stop • Judy Pyle and Wayne Pitluck • Elizabeth Rice-Grossman • Jan Ro • Michael Roberts • Rachel Romano • Anastasia Root • Joji Ruhstorfer • Genevieve Sagum • Richard and Stephanie Sakoda • Paul and Deborah Schraff • Scott Seu and Carrie Okinaga • Miriam Sharma • Susan Shieh Wright • David Silva • Craig Slayter • Vanessa Soriano • Robert Sotelo • St. John Lutheran Church • Thomas Taylor • Sharon Twigg-Smith • Dori and Reagan Tyau • Richard and Bobbie Ubersax • United Methodist Women First United Methodist Church • UnitedHelathcare • USAA • Susan Utsugi • Aimee Uwaine • Robin Uyeshiro • Waiokeola Congregational Church • Jeffery and Lynn Watanabe • Debra Whitten • Wendy Wichman • Thomas Witten • Erin Kahunakaika'ala Wright • Dean Yamamoto • Diane Yamamoto • Kuan Yuan • Anonymous

In-kind gifts:  Big Island Grown • Joy Bounds • Jennifer Cabael • Fred Dauer • Dearonne and Pamela Bethea Foundation • Deborah Duval • Alexis Fong • Integrated Facility Services Hawaii, Inc. • Cindy Iverson • Marcus Iwane • Kaala Pat Jay • Kanani Kahana-Reid • Kelcie Kawano • Mapuana Lum • Anela Maunakea • Montessori Community School, Rm 2 Students • Arma Oana • Renee Okada • Polo Ralph Lauren, Kapolei Team • Ursula Reid • Malia Scanlan • St. John Lutheran Church • Mamo Wassman • Nadine Yafuso • Anonymous

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