The pipeline to prison, homelessness, and other negative outcomes is a reality for too many Native Hawaiian, Indigenous and other youth of color. Kawailoa will transform a punitive, carceral justice system into a culturally-grounded restorative alternative. As an innovative public/private partnership, Kawailoa addresses root problems for youth—poverty, trauma, educational marginalization, homelessness, joblessness, sexual exploitation, and family conflict—so that they become healers for themselves and others.
Kawailoa’s impact includes: Replacing the punitive youth incarceration system with healing and preparation for life; Elevating evidence-based cultural programs/integrative services; Returning agency to Indigenous communities while addressing complex challenges alongside government; Establishing a demonstration site for youth leadership and learning exchanges with other communities. As a youth-centered, community sanctuary, Kawailoa nurtures resilience and leadership among Hawaiʻi’s youth. It is about choosing healing over punishment, changing mindsets and systems, and providing young people, families, and communities with pathways for self-sufficiency, racial equity, and healthy lives.
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