Racial Equity 2030

Kawailoa: A Transformative Indigenous Model to End Youth Incarceration

Partners In Development Foundation

Partners In Development Foundation and partners (Kawailoa Youth and Family Wellness Center, UCLA Asian American Studies Center, UH John A. Burns School of Medicine, Kamehameha Schools, Lili‘uokalani Trust, Kinai ‘Eha, RYSE, Hale Kipa, Olomana, Hawaiʻi Youth Correctional Facility, and The Weinberg Foundation) will replace youth incarceration with a Native Hawaiian restorative system that trains youth and empowers community.

Executive Summary

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.

Organization Details
Lead Organization

Partners In Development Foundation

website: https://pidf.org/
Organization Headquarters
Hawaii, United States
Organization ID
94-3271325
Annual Operating Budget
$10.1 to 25 Million
Number of Full-time Employees
101 to 300
Type
Non-profit

Charity, fund, non-governmental organization, religious institution, school, or other entity