Punky's Final Reflections 

I am coming to the end of my career as the CEO of Hale Kipa since I am retiring by the end of 2021, and thus this will be my last piece in the Transitions Newsletter.
In March of 2022 I would have completed 24 years as the CEO of Hale Kipa and 52 years as non-profit CEO. I have only had 2 jobs in my professional career, having spent 28 years as the CEO of LUK, Inc. in Massachusetts before coming to Hale Kipa. As I think about my time in Hawaii, what comes to mind most is the people that I have had the opportunity to work with and meet. I have been blessed to get to know some truly amazing and wonderful people.  More

National Runaway Safeline “Shines Light” on Runaway Youth in November 

Since 2002, the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has recognized November as National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). NRS created NRPM to raise awareness of the challenges of runaway and homeless youth and their families and educate the public about the role they can play in reducing the risk. 
NRS’s mission is to keep runaways safe and off the street. To serve these at-risk youth, the organization’s trained professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen and provide free, confidential counseling and non-directive, nonjudgmental support. More

National Homeless Youth Awareness Month Draws Attention to 2.5 Million Youth Per Year Who Experience Homelessness
Since 2007, the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has designated November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month (NHYAM) to acknowledge the children and families experiencing homelessness.

As of January 2020, Hawaii had an estimated 6,458 people experiencing homelessness on any given day, as reported by the Continuums of Care to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Of those, 299 were unaccompanied young adults between the ages of 18 and 24. More

Providing a Safe Harbor for Oahu's Runaway and Homeless Youth and Young Adults

In November, two national organizations are working to draw public awareness to the challenges faced by runaway and homeless youth; the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) has designated November as National Homeless Youth Awareness Month (NHYAM), and the National Runaway Safeline (NRS) has recognized November as National Runaway Prevention Month (NRPM). 

Since 1989, Youth Outreach (YO!) has worked with this population locally, meeting Oahu’s runaways, homeless, and street-identified youth, and young adults up to the age of 22 on the streets, or in accessible, friendly environments to engage those that other programs may not reach. YO!, a collaboration between Waikiki Health and Hale Kipa, serves as a critical resource and “safe place or zone” for this at-risk population. More

Hale Kipa Welcomes Jaime Green to its Board of Directors

Hale Kipa is pleased to announce that Jaime Green has joined its Board of Directors. 

Green has a law degree and experience in child advocacy both in nonprofit organizations and in her role as the wife of Lt. Governor Josh Green. 

“I am excited for this opportunity with Hale Kipa and I plan to use my experience in and passion for child advocacy to jump in and help where I’m needed,” Green said. More

Support Hale Kipa by Eating DONUTS?  Yes Please!

Between November 15th and 21st, Purvé Donut Stop will donate 100% of the proceeds from the sale of Mmmm Mālamalama [awareness, enlighten, understanding], a delightful donut specially created for this fundraiser to benefit Hawai‘i’s youth.  Freshly made when ordered, Mmmm Malamalama is a cake donut, drizzled with haupia glaze, chopped local macadamia nuts, and a creamy dollop of chocolate pudding – Mmmm!

Help keep crucial programs and services available to youth by placing your order of Mmmm Mālamalama at one of two Purvé Donut Stop locations – In Kaka‘ako at the ‘Iolani Center, 1234 Kona Street or in Kahala in the Ku‘ono Marketplace, 4210 Wai‘alae Avenue.  More

Mahalo to the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund

Hale Kipa has received a grant from the Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund to support our Kauai School Success Program that provides individualized educational services and activities that assist youth get back on track in school and graduate as well as to youth who have dropped out of school so they may obtain their GED or other academic degrees.  We are very appreciative of their support to the youth on Kauai Island. 

Hale Kipa Celebrates Staff with Service Awards 

Hale Kipa recognized staff anniversaries on November 3rd with an online Zoom presentation. Click here for a full list of awardees.
A Very Special Aloha Celebration Fundraising Dinner 
Hale Kipa is holding our second annual Pa`ina fundraising dinner on Saturday, February 26th, 2022.  There are many sponsorship opportunities still available. Click here for details.  Click here to see a video from our 2020 Pa`ina event.
Other Ways to Support Hale Kipa
As we approach the holiday season on the heels of another challenging year, we ask that you remember Hale Kipa in your giving plans.  Even a small donation will help us provide shelter, outreach, and mental health services to our local at-risk youth.  Please consider one of the following ways to support us.

Give Big Hawai’i 2021
Beginning on November 30th through the month of December, join people from all over the world as they give back to their local communities.  Online giving is easy and secure, and you can donate as little as $5. For more information on how to give, click here.
Round Up App
Invest in Hawaii’s youth by donating the spare change from your credit/debit card purchases. Click here for details.
Amazon Smile
When you shop online via AmazonSmile and select Hale Kipa as your spotlight charity, we will receive .5% of the price of your eligible purchases at no extra cost to you. 
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 June through October 2021.

Monetary gifts:  Adriane Aarona • Aiea United Methodist Church • Annie Sinclair Knudsen Memorial Fund of the Hawaii Community Foundation • Big Island Delights • Bil and Anne Aulenbach • Blanche Fountain • Brenda and Fred Landes • Camilla Albert • Captrust Community Foundation • Carl Arakaki • Carl Ohashi and Lianne Iwanaga-Ohashi • Carrie Okinaga • Cecilia Brown • Central Pacific Bank • Charlene Tamboa • Charles Howland • Charmian Lyons • Chloe DuPlessis • Cindy Hernandez • Connie Lister Starfish Fund • Darcy Endo-Omoto • David and Laurie Carr • Debra Whitten • Diane VanderZanden • Dr. Arthur and Bonnie Ennis Foundation • Elena Fragas • Erin Kahunakaika'ala Wright  • Ester Cabalse • F. Healani Chang • First Hawaiian Bank • First Unitarian Church of Honolulu • Geri Ching • Girl Scouts of Hawaii Troop 715 • HawaiiUSA FCU • Heidi Cregor • Heidi Rian • HEMIC Foundation • HMSA • James Cribley • Jean Odo • Joe and Anderson O'Mealy • John Kitchen • Joshua Ho • Kai Hawaii, Inc. • Katie Bennett • Kauai United Way • Kay Matsushige • Kaylee Brummond • Kelly Churchill • Kemp Photography • Ken and Diane Matsuura • Lanson Kupau • Lawrence and Carolyn Okinaga Foundation • Lee and Peter Carson • Letitia Bailey • Logan Okita • Ly Tran • Lynn and Wayne Hamada • Margaret Murchison • Mari Basara • Maribela Ruano • Marisa Kent  • Maureen Ballard • Mike and Carol Chung • Murray Chapman • Nordstrum • Panda Restaurant Group, Inc. • Prince of Peace Lutheran Church • ProjectFocus Hawaii, Inc. • Ricky Takemoto, CPA • Robert and Jeanne Tsushima • Robert Sotelo • Rosa Brucia • Sandra Linskey • Scot Nakamura • Scott Seu • Sisters of the Sacred Hearts Infirmary • Starbucks Foundation • Susan and Mark Burden • Susan Utsugi • The C Foundation • Timothy Fern • TNSP, Inc. • UnitedHealthcare • USAA • Vanessa Soriano • Victoria Ikeda • Waiokeola Congregational Church • Wendy Maxwell • Woman's Board of Missions for the Pacific Islands • Anonymous

In-kind gifts:  Andrea Brizzi and Aileen Lynn Yeoh • Arma Oana • Courtney Hannah • Family Empowerment Center • Gregory and Anita Mueller • Hawaii Foodbank, Inc. • Hazel Unciano • Jeff and Gayle Allen • Johnlyn Doi • Joshua Hall • Joy Bounds • Joyce Miller • Kanani Kahana-Reid • Maribela Ruano • Michelle and Bruce Kawano • Myrna Zezza • Paul Myung • Ruth Rittmeister • Sadie Shill • Anonymous

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