Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Hale Kipa - Wai`anae Office

Hale Kipa is a non-profit agency that specializes in working with at-risk children, adolescents and their families. Hale Kipa annually services over three thousand at-risk youth and their families with an array of programs and services throughout the state of Hawaii. Between 30% - 40% of the population served by Hale Kipa are Native Hawaiians. The services and shelter provided by Hale Kipa are at no cost. Hale Kipa depends entirely on public and private sources for its funding. The target population of the various youth service programs provided by Hale Kipa are : homeless and runaway youth, status offenders, pregnant teens, youth offenders supervised by the courts, youth served by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health systems, youth awaiting foster home placement, and youth that otherwise have no where else to turn.

Hale Kipa's operation of residential shelters in quite Oahu communities has long been a source of potential conflict with neighbors, and thus has become increasingly problematic with the corresponding growth of the island's population. Hale Kipa is building a new Services Center and Residential Shelter Complex in ' Ewa, Oahu. The plans are for an ADA-compliant, LEED-certified "green" facilities that will allow the agency to more effectively meet the many needs of at-risk youth in one on-site location and also consolidate the agency's operations in close proximity to a key service area. The completed building project is to include a main administrative and services facility and six group residential shelters for at-risk youth. The new buildings will be on a newly purchased 4.28-acre property in 'Eva.

For information on the Wai`anae Hale Kipa project, contact:

Harold Brackeen, Wai`anae Hale Kipa Coordinator


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