Programs

Prevention

Starlight Starbright – Keiki day at WCCC during the winter.

Sunlight Sunbright – Keiki day at WCCC during the summer.

Providing activities for children, their moms who are in prison
and the caregivers. A festive setting for fun and family engagement is created. Six Kids (Keiki) Days are held a year. Pūʻā Foundation helps to coordinate two of the six, one in the summer and another at Christmas time, partnering with the Catholic Diocese and Oahu Going Home Consortium. Kids Days have been conducted for at least 19 years. This event is referenced in the Dept. of Public Safety’s (PSD) 2018 Annual Report at pg. 53.

Intervention

Cultural Healing and Well BeingUsing the Ua Mea Ke Ea Textbook inside the prison as a way to learn about our history, the trauma, and healing from what theyʻve learned.

Hoʻike HuliʻauHōʻike means – to show, exhibit and Huliau means –
turning point, time of change. This is an annual event that highlighting transformation through women sharing their personal stories from the various courses or activities they have participated in at WCCC. There is a showcase of talents of dance, singing, music and storytelling. Pūʻā Foundation organizes a community gathering and provides dinner
before the show. The Foundation also works with the women from the Hawaiian Lecture Series to share their stories of what they learned and how they have transformed. The first year Hōiʻke Huliau was presented was 2013.

Pre-TransitionA 12 week curriculum. Aligned with the Puʻuhonua Model and focuses on connecting resources to actual needs. It started at WCCC in May 2014 and at the Federal Detention Center, in January 2016. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons has accepted the curriculum.

Resource FairIn partnership with WCCC and community partners, the
Foundation organizes the event to give the women of WCCC the opportunity to connect with community resources that can support them upon release from prison. The first resource fair was held in 2016.

Transition

Mercy HouseA safe, comfortable,
affordable transitional house for women that are committed to staying clean from drugs and sober. It is a tangible resource and a collaborative movement providing transitional housing and support for women exiting prison and re-entering the community. Pūʻā
Foundation, the Catholic Diocese, parishes, community organizations, WCCC and Hawaii Paroling Authority have collaborated to establish the Mercy House. The first resident was accepted December 2016.

OGH- Oʻahu Going Home ConsortiumA group
of volunteers from public, private, and faith-based organizations with the mission to: “assist women released from prison transition into community life through employment, training, housing and appropriate supportive services”. Pūʻā Foundation coordinates
and facilitates OGH meetings and activities as a part of the Foundation’s strategic efforts to connect identified resources to identified needs. OGH began in 2009 as an initiative of the Office for Social Ministry and Prison Ministry of the Catholic Diocese of
Honolulu with a focus on working with the Women’s Community Correctional Center. In 2012, Toni Bissen of Pūʻā Foundation became the facilitator for OGH. Resources such as welcome home baskets, transportation, food, shelter, clothing, public benefits, and forms of identification (State I.D., birth certificates, social security cards) are provided or support is given to obtain the various items.

Waimanalo Community Farming ProjectsThe Waimanalo Community Farming Project (WCFP) has a theme, “Malama Aina a me Malama Kanaka” (Care for the land and it will take care of you). The WCFP incorporates ahupuaʻa land management approaches, Native Hawaiian traditional and cultural practices and farming best practices. WCFP objectives include: Working Together (Kākou), Healing, Health and
Wellness (Olakino Maikaʻi) and Service (Kōkua). Support is provided for women in prison and those reentering community through ʻaina based healing experiences and vocational skill building. The WCFP is set on 8 acres of land and the produce grown is to be shared with the community homeless and hunger outreach. Women on the workline from WCCC have been participating since 2017.

Legacy

Ua Mau Ke EaThe Ua Mau Ke Ea Collection, a textbook, the historical
documentary and a theatrical film version, developed by the Foundation in 2011, are community educational resources on the political and legal history of the Hawaiian Islands. UMKE is a great example of helping understand historical traumatic events and its long-term effects on individuals and society. The resources chronicle Hawaii’s history through storytelling, interviews, archival images and Hawaiian-language newspaper articles. It takes the reader and viewer on a journey from 18th century Hawaii under the rule of King Kamehameha I, through the 19th century of the Hawaiian Kingdom to present day Hawaii. The materials are used at WCCC in the Hawaiian Lecture Series.