Ho'ola Na Pua
Hoʻōla Nā Pua is committed to providing a nurturing home that meets the unique needs of underage female sex trafficking victims through the utilization of individualized, comprehensive, and restorative therapies.
Our vision is to provide girls who are rescued or have escaped from sex trafficking with a safe home, a path to restoration and healing from their trauma, an increased sense of self-worth, and the confidence and ability to successfully reintegrate into their families and the community.
The Hawaiian name Hoʻōla Nā Pua means “New Life for our Children.” Hoʻōla means healing and new life; pua means flower and is also a term of endearment when referring to children. Our name was blessed and given to us by a local kumu (teacher) to richly and culturally reflect our mission, and it closely identifies with and reflects our Hawaiian values and social heritage.
Many may see a flower in our logo, others a starfish, which symbolizes healing and renewal. Both have significant meaning and accurately depict our vision and mission. Our name speaks of new life and little flowers. Our mission is to offer new life through a comprehensive therapeutic facility for the vulnerable population of children who have been sex trafficked. We view these children as precious flowers needing hope, love, healing, and restoration.
Given the overwhelming scope of the problem, the vast number of victims needing restoration, the challenging rehabilitative process, and the lack of resources, we are often asked why we continue moving forward. While the story of The Boy and the Starfish is well known to most, it accurately portrays our heart.
Who We Are:
Hoʻōla Nā Pua is a Hawaii-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide underage female victims of sex trafficking with a pu’uhonua (a safe place) where they can begin to heal from their physical, spiritual, and emotional abuse. Our goal is to provide a holistic approach to mental health, psychosocial and educational services, and emotional healing in the safety of a long-term licensed residential facility for minors rescued from sex trafficking.
Our volunteers work tirelessly, networking and collaborating with political figures, the justice system, social services, faith-based communities, state licensing institutions, foundations, health care professionals, and other community members in Hawaii who share our mission to improve the lives of these underage victims. We are an active member of the Hawaii Coalition Against Human Trafficking Task Force.
Currently, Hoʻōla Nā Pua is the only organization in Hawaii working to build a long-term licensed residential facility of this kind.
Twitter & Instagram: @hoolanapua
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