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HALAU MALUHIA OPENS AS NEW HYCF GATHERING PLACE

Hale Kipa recently joined the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility (HYCF) and other organizations serving at-risk youth to open Hālau Maluhia, a gathering place for HYCF youth and their families on the Kailua campus.

This new area comprises three cells in a HYCF building formerly used for youth in solitary confinement. Over several months this past summer, the Junior League of Honolulu, a women’s volunteer organization, converted the cells into four warm, inviting spaces – a family room, meeting/dining room, sensory room, and lobby area. They are designed for HYCF youth to meet with their families and support team, as well as enjoy meals, relaxation time and recreational activities together.

The effort included the donation and installation of comfortable furniture, décor, paint and carpeting by the Junior League that has created a “family room” type of environment.

Hālau Maluhia

Ha = breath

lau = gathering

Maluhia = peace

“You see the difference in the interaction with the family that really underscores the importance of the environment,” said Charlotte Kamauoha, Hale Kipa wraparound program coordinator. “We are thankful for the generous donation of time and materials by the Junior League and the vision of HYCF Administrator Mark Patterson to make this happen.”

Patterson, who lives in a separate section of the building, worked closely with Hale Kipa to provide office and meeting space for wraparound services supporting youth who are transitioning out of HYCF. Hālau Maluhia is part of a larger plan by Patterson to better utilize space on the HYCF campus, which spans more than 400 acres, with the goal of creating a pu‘uhonua – a place of sanctuary and healing – for youth.

Wraparound is an intensive, comprehensive family-driven planning and problem-solving process that brings together a team of people to help youth and their families live together safely and productively. The wraparound approach builds on collective strengths to ensure appropriate service delivery in meeting youth and family needs.

At Hālau Maluhia, Hale Kipa staff provide wraparound services to qualifying youth ages 12-21 years old and their families. They are assigned a wraparound facilitator, community navigator, and parent partner, who work closely with youth and families throughout the planning and service implementation process. This includes developing an individualized plan of care for each youth.

Hālau Maluhia was also featured in a September 2017 article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.


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