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January 2017

Mental Wellness Month / Meet Our 2016-17 Board / Hale Kipa Headlines / School Success Graduation / Grant Support

The World Health Organization (WHO) describes mental wellness as "a state of well-being in which an individual realizes his or her own abilities, can cope with the normal stresses of life, can work productively and is able to make a contribution to his or her community." We encourage you to prioritize mental wellness this month and throughout the new year. Learn more about how to strengthen your mental wellness here.

"During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we resolve to shine a light on every dark corner where human trafficking still threatens the basic rights and freedoms of others."
December 2016 Presidential Proclamation / More

Follow us on Twitter at @HaleKipaInc and find us on Facebook, where we will be posting news, tips and updates about Mental Wellness Month and National Slavery & Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Meet Our

 2017 Board  

Jean Odo and Lanson Kupau have joined our 2016-2017
Board of Directors.

Odo is retired from the Department of Education on Kauai, where she worked as a teacher, counselor, vice principal and program director, among other positions.

Kupau has served as a Hawaii Family Court judge since 2011, and is a presiding judge for the Juvenile Drug Court and the Oahu Truancy Court.

Odo was featured in The Garden Island newspaper on Dec. 18, 2016, where she discusses her plans to help boost high school graduation rates on Kauai. (More)

School Success Graduates 4th Class 

Our School Success Program on Kauai, which assists youth and young adults up to age 22 with GED, credit-recovery and skills-based education, held its fourth graduation ceremony since launching 2 ½ years ago. On Dec. 15, 2016, six students graduated from the Skills Course and GED program in a commencement ceremony at Lihue Missionary Church. (More)

Zonta Donates Gift Cards
The Zonta Club of Kauai has donated $2,600 in Kmart gift cards for Hale Kipa Kauai youth and their families. The gift cards have been used to purchase “wish list” items for the holidays, benefiting around 60 youth and families. (More)

Six Holiday Meals Delivered
Our Kauai staff purchased, packaged and delivered six Thanksgiving dinners for families in need this holiday, collecting $475 in a special fundraising effort. Remaining funds will be used to purchase future holiday meals. (More)
Hale Kipa Foster Programs Featured in MidWeek's Proof Positive Column

Following a steady decline since 2004, the number of youths in foster care now is on the rise, according to annual data from the state Department of Human Services. Hale Kipa's efforts to assist foster youth were featured in a December issue of MidWeek.

Our Transitional Family Home program is designed to match a youth with the family that best meets their needs. Often, a traditional home setting works best, providing a youth with basic care and structure while teaching living skills and healthy relationships.

Get involved: To learn more about our programs serving foster youth or to get started as a foster parent, visit us at or call 589-1829. We are seeking foster home providers on Oahu and Hawaii Island, where we currently offer Transitional Family Home services.

HIC Brightens Holidays
Hawaii International Child (HIC), a nonprofit agency that advocates for and assists with building loving and permanent families through adoption, surrogacy and other medical alternatives, donated $400 in Wal-Mart gift cards to Hale Kipa youth to assist with holiday purchases. The gift cards were provided to youth in our emergency shelters.
New Transitional Housing Option Opens in Makiki

We recently opened a new transitional housing option in Makiki for young adults in our Imua Kākou and Transitional Living programs.

The Keeaumoku Transitional Apartment is a three-bedroom, two-bathroom shared living space for women who are at least 18 years old. This new option is designed to meet a growing need for low-cost transitional housing. The apartment can accommodate four people for up to 18 months as they work with Hale Kipa staff to secure more permanent housing.

These young adults work or attend school and have demonstrated that they are ready to live independently and handle daily responsibilities. They have weekly check-ins with Hale Kipa staff, who help them work toward self-sufficiency.

Hale Kipa Receives Grants to Support Programs and Ewa Campus

Recent grant support includes:

Hale Kipa is primarily dependent of government funding, which does not cover our true cost of services. Donations and grants like these help make up that difference.

Head to Anna O' Brien's (2440 S. Beretania St.) on Saturday for a night of music starting at 9 p.m. that honors women in rock. 100% of door donations benefit Hale Kipa.
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