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Hale Kipa, Inc. Location / Contact:
615 Piikoi Street, Suite 203
Honolulu, HI 96814
Phone: 808-589-1829

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For over 30 years, Hale Kipa, or "House of Friendliness", has been a place of refuge for thousands of Hawaii's runaways and homeless youth who have needed a place to stay and someone to talk to while going through difficult times. Today, Hale Kipa offers dozens of youth service programs for at-risk youth that span the entire continuum of need - from prevention programs to shelter services; from foster care to residential homes and outreach.


Hale Kipa provides opportunities and environments that strengthen and encourage youth, their families and communities to actualize their potential and social responsibility.

Forty Years of Caring
Watch what has made Hale Kipa a model for caring in Hawaii for over forty years.

1970 A group of concerned community citizens, including the Junior League, police, and area churches, observes an alarming number of distressed teenagers, who for one reason or another had left home. In response to these and other identified community needs, these groups gather together to help form Hale Kipa to operate a single group shelter for adolescents in need.
1979 After nearly a decade of experience in youth services, Hale Kipa realizes that some youth, particularly the younger and abused, would be better served in foster home settings. Hale Kipa develops the Kamala Home program to complement their group home. Licensed foster homes are also developed to care for more difficult youth in a structured foster home setting with experienced foster parents.
1980Hale Kipa initiates the first of its non-residential services: A Family Counseling Unit is created to help keep youth in their own homes and prevent unnecessary shelter placements. The program provides follow-up studies on youth and families that have been reunited after having received Hale Kipa's residential services.
1983Hale Kipa identifies a need to assist older youth in foster care to better prepare for adulthood. With the help of a Hughes Grant, Hale Kipa begins its Independent Living Program, supplemented a few years later by ILP Training Apartments, which provide intensive residential, independent living support for youth transitioning out of foster care.
1989Collaborating with other community agencies, Hale Kipa responds to a need for serving street-identified homeless youth by developing the Youth Outreach (YO!) Project. Hale Kipa and the Waikiki Health Center provide material, social and medical services to street youth in Waikiki.
1991Hale Kipa joins forces with Marimed and the Kokokahi YWCA to provide intensive therapeutic services to emotionally challenged teens. The Kailana Program offers day and residential services.
1993In its efforts to provide early intervention to high-risk youth, Hale Kipa initiates the Ho'okala Program. Receiving referrals from the police, Ho'okala provides diversion (intake and assessment) for youth picked up for status offenses and non-violent minor law violations.
1994-98Hale Kipa enters into additional collaborations, including Hui Malama Ohana with the KEY Project, PACT and Susannah Wesley Community Center. This venture provides school, community, and family outreach to help families resolve differences and stay intact. These services were formally offered in the Puuwai Momi Public Housing area through the Holo Mua Project.
In partnership with the Consuelo Alger Foundation, Hale Kipa develops an outreach, counseling, and skill-building program targeted for young men and women who had experienced sexual exploitation or homelessness. This program no longer exists.
1995Hale Kipa expands its residential program to include Hanai Homes, transitional foster care whose services focus on youth needing more time and social skill building before returning home or to a long term placement.
1997In collaboration with Catholic Charities Family Services, the Marimed Foundation and PACT, Hale Kipa forms the Oahu Provider's Group. The Group offers a full continuum of outpatient services on a fee-for-service basis through contract with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division of the Department of Health. The intent of this collaboration is to provide high-quality outpatient services to adolescents and families referred by Family Guidance Centers.
1999Hale Kipa opens Residential Treatment Programs as part of an integrated continuum of Therapeutic Living Programs under contract with the Child & Adolescent Mental Health Division. These programs, serving 12-19 year olds, are a natural outgrowth of the organization's collaboration with the Marimed Foundation and Kailana, which ended in June. Hale Kipa has since added an Emergency Shelter for CAMHD youth.
Hale Kipa begins providing an Outreach Tracking Program under contract with the Office of Youth Services to extend outreach services to youth being discharged from the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility in an attempt to ensure their successful return to the community and to reduce recidivism.

Hale Kipa expands its Foster Care Services, adding Foster Care with Therapeutic Service. Also expanded is the Family Counseling Unit that adds Intensive In-home Services through the Oahu Providers Group. Intensive Out patient services have been phased out.

The Hapai Program for pregnant and parenting young mothers is opened. This program is an essential piece of the continuum of adolescent services, insuring a safe and therapeutic place for young moms to begin the experience of raising their families.
2000Hale Kipa adds a specialized treatment facility for young boys, Hale Kupono, and responds to the community's needs by opening individualized programs for special needs youth.
2000-03Hale Kipa has been able to start and build on its Transitional Living Program that focuses on assisting young homeless persons transition into adulthood and out of homelessness. Starting with a residence for young adult men, we were able to add a residence for young women and also one for young pregnant and parenting young women.
2002The Valid Court Order program is founded: an advocacy program for youth that violate court orders.
Hale Kupono for young girls is opened.
Hale Kipa opens Haloa House that provides a supportive and skill-building residence for young females transitioning out of foster care.

Through the years, the Relief and Volunteer Program has supported all Hale Kipa's youth services by providing training, relief/temporary staff and volunteer opportunities.

Today, Hale Kipa is very much involved in the efforts of the Hawaii Youth Services Network, Partners in Care, Weed and Seed, Foster Care Initiatives and other partnerships. Hale Kipa also provides practicum placement for students. Hale Kipa is currently licensed as a child-placing agency by the Department of Human Services and maintains approximately 15 private foster homes. At full capacity Hale Kipa has approximately 50 youth in foster care placement.

The organization continues to demonstrate expertise in the areas of outreach family counseling, emergency shelter, residential treatment, foster care and independent living, flexibility to individualize placement and services, strong and effective working partnerships and collaborations with other community agencies.

The organization continues to demonstrate expertise in the areas of outreach family counseling, emergency shelter, residential treatment, foster care and independent living, flexibility to individualize placement and services, strong and effective working partnerships and collaborations with other community agencies.
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