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Aloha from the Pūʻā Foundation ʻOhana

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Who We Are:

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization incorporated in 1996. We were born out of an apology, redress and reconciliation initiative of the United Church of Christ regarding the 1893 overthrow of Queen Liliuokalani and the Hawaiian Constitutional Monarchy. The overthrow is an example of a Traumatic Community and Historical Event.

What We Do:

We specialize in “Trauma to Transformation” – which refers to pain and brokenness and the journey to healing, recovery and well-being on an individual and community level.  Trauma – Healing – Justice on an individual, community and historical basis.

How We Do It:

We connect resources to need for a better Hawaii society by developing community resources through organizing, capacity building and training.   Strengthening families affected by trauma and incarceration is a focus.  We use the Pu’uhonua Creating Places of Healing Model and Framework (PCPHMF) that we developed collectively through the Trauma Informed Care Initiatives at WCCC for community outreach to create common vision and common language.  Go to the Community Outreach page for more information.

Our Vision:

Through pū’ā, the process of feeding, nourishing, and strengthening, there will be the emergence of enlightened communities and society.

Our Mission:

To actively engage, facilitate and serve communities and their efforts to build a resilient society and improve upon their quality of life through healing and reconciliation efforts that address consequences of the 1893 overthrow.  Note: we consider the over-representation of Native Hawaiians in the criminal justice system as an example of such a consequence, thus a primary focus is to support and strengthen families affected by trauma and incarceration.

Our Goal:

To empower individuals, families and communities.