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Mahalo for visiting our site!

At the Pūʻā Foundation it’s about understanding the journey from “Trauma to Transformation” – on an individual, community and historical basis.

It’s about Recovery and Well-Being and Creating Places and Spaces of Healing.

It’s about Telling Stories and Reconciling the Past to the Present to Build a Better Future.

It’s about all of us being part of the solution and how public, private, faith-based organizations, individual and family partners are working together.

We are a non-profit organization that connects resources to need for a better Hawaii society by developing community resources through organizing, capacity building and training.  We focus on families affected by trauma and incarceration with special emphasis on women, girls and Native Hawaiian females.  Created out of an apology, redress and reconciliation process of the United Church of Christ related to the 1893 overthrow of the Hawaiian Constitutional Monarchy, Pūʻā promotes efforts toward reconciling the past to the present to build a better future to work in the area of trauma, healing and justice. Implementation of the Puʻuhonua Creating Places of Healing Model that incorporates a trauma informed focus, a systems context and a collective impact approach is a core strategy.

Below is our “Rack Card” – it is one example of a tool we use to garner resources to support women exiting prison.  Go to our Community Outreach page for more information.

We identify and strategize ideas to complex social issues and connect partnerships with key community resources to create a vehicle for change and meaningful solutions.

Our goal is to empower individuals, families and communities in order for all of us to live in a better Hawaii.



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