Kuu Manao

Aloha! I hope everyone is having a wonderful summer and enjoying some well-deserved time doing things you are passionate about with the people you love. 

I am so very pleased to share my first Ku‘u Mana‘o (My Thoughts) with you for our Transitions newsletter. In this letter, I want to emphasize something incredibly important to me and Hale Kipa’s mission as a whole – collaboration. 

Trusted working relationships with other community-based organizations (CBOs) are crucial for Hale Kipa. There is a Hawaiian saying, “ʻAʻohe hana nui ke alu ʻia,” which means “No task is too big when done together by all.” Hale Kipa’s collaborations with other CBOs, as well as with DHS and CWS, are a powerful example of this philosophy. When we work together, we can strengthen our child welfare services and better take care of our deserving keiki, ʻōpio, and their ‘ohana. More

Hale Kipa and Partner Organizations Provide Enriching Summer Activities for Shelter Residents

This summer, two new programs provided Hale Kipa’s young emergency shelter residents with constructive, supportive, and entertaining activities. 
The first, called Puʻu Lei O LiLiʻu and funded by the Liliʻuokalani Trust, afforded the youth a chance to connect and learn to live by Hawaiian values. Organizers held a series of three four-hour-long sessions every week for three weeks at the Liliʻuokalani Trust headquarters in Nanakuli. About 17 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 participated in the supplemental day program each week.

Each day began with an opening prayer and ice breakers, followed by group activities and lunch. Focusing on identity, values, and heritage, facilitators started by discussing each participant’s name and its origins. 
“They started off asking the youth to identify themselves by name, and where they are from, but encouraged them to go deeper,” said Annie Tuiolemotu, Hale Kipa Emergency Shelter Service assistant program coordinator, “Things got very emotional. They discussed their families and trauma in their households and were able to go full circle with the trauma." More

Hale Kipa Observes National Foster Care Month

In May, Hale Kipa observed National Foster Care Month to acknowledge and express appreciation for foster parents, family members, volunteers, mentors, child welfare professionals, and other community members who care for the state’s foster children. 
Our efforts included an official proclamation in cooperation with Catholic Charities Hawaiʻi and the State of Hawaii and an appearance by Hale Kipa CEO Venus Kauʻiokawēkiu Rosete-Medeiros on Hawaii News Now Sunrise.
The proclamation, which was signed by Gov. David Y. Ige, extended gratitude to all caregivers who “make a meaningful difference in the lives of our children and youth in foster care.” 
More than 2,000 children and youth are in foster care in Hawaiʻi. During her television appearance, Rosete-Medeiros discussed the ongoing demand for foster parents in the Aloha State as well as Hale Kipa’s need for more employees to help serve foster children. 
“It’s about the community coming together to support our many young people who are in need of a stable, nurturing environment for children who need some temporary care right now,” she said. 

Hale Kipa to Receive $70,000 Donation from
Polamalu Family Foundation Campaign

Hale Kipa will soon receive a generous $70,000 donation as a result of a matching campaign conducted by the Polamalu family. 
Troy and Theodora Polamalu personally donated $10,000 from their nonprofit, the Polamalu Foundation. Nine other families and businesses also pledged funds to reach the total. 
Last month, Troy and Theodora Polamalu and their two boys, Ephraim & Paisios, visited and toured Hale Kipa’s Old Fort Weaver Road Campus. During that visit, they met with Hale Kipa's leadership, staff, and some of the facility’s young residents. 
“Hale Kipa is extremely grateful to the Polamalu Foundation and the other contributors,” said Hale Kipa CEO Venus Rosete-Medeiros. “The fact that the Polamalu ‘ohana visited our site to hear about our organization meant so much to us. Their kind, humble, and genuine spirit was felt by each and every one of us who had the opportunity to spend time with them.” More

Mercer Marsh Benefits Employees Work 

Mahalo nui loa to the hardworking volunteers of Mercer Marsh Benefits for spending May 26 improving the exterior of one of Hale Kipa’s residential facilities! The 11-person team from the company cleaned up and painted the fence, trimmed overgrown bushes and trees, and made general improvements to the entire exterior.  

Mercer Marsh Benefits is part of the Marsh McLennan family. The company helps clients navigate the complex world of people, risk, cost management, and employee benefits. Mercer is Hale Kipa’s benefits consultant.

Hale Kipa Leadership Team Improves 
Hoʻōla Nā Pua's Pearl Haven Facility's Garden

In May, seven members of the Hale Kipa leadership team participated in a service project at the Hoʻōla Nā Pua’s Pearl Haven facility. Following a tour, Hale Kipa staff trimmed overgrown palm bushes and planted a cultural garden to enhance the exterior of the building. 

The facility provides crucial trauma-informed therapeutic services for youth ages 11 to 17 who have experienced trauma or have been diagnosed with Serious Emotional and Behavioral Disturbances (SEBD) because of sexual exploitation or trafficking. 

Hale Kipa CEO Venus Rosete-Medeiros explains that they chose Pearl Haven as a service project site because they share with Hoʻōla Nā Pua a similar goal of providing support for youth survivors of commercial sexual exploitation and trafficking.

“Spending time at Pearl Haven by contributing to the creation of the Hawaiian cultural garden was an endeavor to communicate aloha in action,” she said. “Our community benefits from our ability to work together.”

Thank You for Your Support!
Mahalo to everyone who participated in our Panda Express fundraiser in April! Patrons in Hawaiʻi, Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, Maryland, and California helped us raise almost $550 to support Hawaiʻi’s youth.
Mahalo to Our Generous Donors

Mahalo to our generous donors who prioritize helping Hawaiʻi’s youth and young adults, regardless of where they reside.  As a nonprofit organization, we rely on your generosity!  Your gifts help us provide vital services to hundreds of youth and families each year.  The following donors contributed to Hale Kipa from March to June 2022. 

Monetary gifts:  Mari Alegre • Aloha United Way • Amazon Smile • Apple • Frances Bailon • Ann Benjamin • Mike Betz • Bob Bidwell • Big Island Delights • Wendell Brooks • Laura Brucia Hamm • Kenneth Calimpong Fr. • Alexander Campbell • Frisbee & Susan Campbell • Kimo Carvalho • F. Healani Chang • Helen Chang • The Clarence TC Ching Foundation • Geri Ching • Mike and Carol Chung • Kelly Churchill • Community Church of Honolulu • Samuel Cox and Barbara Ripple • James Cribley • Reiko Davis • Trinidad Echiverri • Darcy Endo-Omoto • Randy Faatau • Vickie Farmer • Blanch Fountain • Elena Fragas • Friends of Hawaii Charities • Cheryl Furuno • Janet and James George • Terrence George • Ben and Yvonne Godsey • Susan Gray-Ellis • Josh and Jaime Green • Harris United Methodist Church • Hawaii Island United Way • Emily Hawkins • Shannon Hayashida • Cindy Hernandez • David Herndon • Russell Hicks • Joshua Ho • Rick Hopfer • Charlie Howland • Lianne Iwanaga-Ohashi • Jade Painting • Tracy Janowicz • Jeslyn Kawabata • Rikki Keating • Andrew Keith • Jaque Kelley-Uyeoka • Marisa Kent • Marianne Kimura • Shelee Kimura • Guy Kishaba • Kobo Wealth Conservancy • Lanson Kupau • Ryan Kusumoto • Brenda and Fred Landes • Charles Leland • Paul Lindo • Sandra Linskey • Tennille Lwee • Michael Magaoay • Navina Murataleongvillamar • Wendie McAllaster • James Michel • Lauren Nahme • Lisa Nakamura • Mike Niethammer and Sherry King Niethammer • Gwen Okamoto • Logan Okita • Pacifica Women of the ELCA • Christopher Prentiss • Lehua Rabang • Gail Renard • Joji and Mike Ruhstorfer • Rue Jane Ryburn • Sacred Hearts Academy • Beata Saito • Servco Pacific Inc. • Scott Seu and Carrie Okinaga • The Shidler Family Foundation • Gregory Sitar • Deobrah Smith • Vanessa Soriano • Robert Sotelo • Starbucks Foundation • Laurie Tochiki • Maddison Tuilesu-Moliga • Dori Tyau • UnitedHealthcare • USAA • Susan Utsugi • Vanessa Velasco • Kristen Vierra • Waiokeola Congregational Church • Jhamandas Watumull Fund • Harry and Jeanette Weinberg • Debra Whitten • Robert Whittier • Shannon Williams • Erin Wright • Luke Yeh • Darryl and Paula Yonezawa • Joseph and Vera Zilber Charitable Foundation • Anonymous

In-kind gifts:  Camonia Graham-Tutt • Hisako F. • Kelsey Huynh • Darlene Johnson • Val and Jay Kawakami • Beth McDermott • Paul Myung • Arma Oana • Kanani Reid • Ruth Rittmeister • Maribela Ruano • Ryan's Graphics Corporation • Patty Takahashi • UNIQLO • Lauren Watanabe • Anonymous

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