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Elvina Nartatez knows firsthand what it is like to be an at-risk teen on the Big Island.  Elvina, an assistant program coordinator and foster home developer, grew up in the Puna District and attended Waiakea High School. After becoming embroiled in a relationship with an abusive,...

I started on March 12, 2021, to begin to put together my thoughts to share with you. That date is a rather auspicious one for Hale Kipa, since it was exactly one year ago on March 12, 2020, that we celebrated the Grand Opening of...

Celebrating Our Dedicated Professionals During National Social Work Month There has never been a more appropriate time to honor the country’s social workers. Each March, the National Association of Social Workers celebrates this group of dedicated professionals. This year’s theme is “Social Workers are Essential.” The U.S....

Mahalo nui to Associa Hawaii for its generous donation to Hale Kipa of six turkey dinners through its annual Christmas Giving Program. Hale Kipa staff distributed the complete meals - including sides and desserts - to its residential programs on Dec. 22. For more than 10...

I hope this finds you and all those that you care about safe and well. When I look back on 2020, it is hard to believe that it has only been about eight months since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. For me, the necessity to...