Ho`okala is a statewide diversion program that insures juveniles are not secured inappropriately in police lock-ups. The program was created in 1993 in order to maintain compliance with the Jail Removal and Sight and Sound Mandates of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974.
Ho`okala (Hawaiian for “to free or release”) services are aimed at reuniting youth with their families and, in cases where that is not feasible, to provide the least restrictive care. Ho`okala staff conduct separate interviews with the youth and parent/legal guardians to address the arrest, obtain individual perspectives and identify any needs that the family may have. Both parties are brought together to discuss what has transpired and attempt some sort of resolution before the youth is released.
The Program provides 24-hour accessibility to the police, screening, intake, assessment services, crisis intervention, referral services, attendant care, and access to emergency shelter services.