Mahalo for $300k from the Hawaii State Leg!
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We're excited to share that the Hawaiʻi State Legislature and State House has awarded $300,000 to Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae in Grant-In-Aid funds!

Grant-In-Aid is a longstanding and competitive grant for community programs in Hawaiʻi. The money will be used after we acquire land, for construction of a hale noa, community kitchen and bathrooms for the future village of Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae Mauka!

Will you join us in saying mahalo to elected officials who played key roles in securing our grant?

Click here to join us in saying mahalo to key leaders in the House and Senate who helped obtain these funds for the village.

Mahalo to you, too. If it weren't for support from individuals like you, we would not have the public awareness and good will to get the Grant-In-Aid. We know some of our friends in the community also shared their support for Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae with their state reps, which no doubt helped.

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When the police called Twinkle for help

Late last month, the police called Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae leader Twinkle Borge for help. 50 people were being swept from nearby Lahilahi Point and they had nowhere to go.

Without any fanfare or government money, Twinkle took in 50 people who had been living on the beach and in the bush. Within days, she had connected folks to services, medical care and even permanent housing. The rest are settling in as new residents of Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae.

As someone who lives on Oahu and sees the human suffering caused by our houselessness crisis, I'm grateful to Twinkle and Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae for the action they took. I'm grateful for the actions they take every day, providing a home for 300 people, feeding other houseless people, and mentoring those who want to organize themselves.

The very same week these 50 new folks arrived at Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae, the local paper applauded a new City-funded housing development opened in Waianae. One major difference with Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae, though, is that Kauhale Kamaile, which houses 50 people in 16 units, cost the City more than $5 million to develop and charges rent between $980 and $1,200 per month.

Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae cannot house all of Hawaii's houseless, but it does model how to provide the safety, stability, and healing people need to make progress in their lives. It provides an alternative approach where the old ways of sweeps, temporary shelters and criminalization have failed.

Twinkle calls this approach "community first" because it's built on trust and relationships that allow us to support each other as whole human beings. It was these kinds of relationships that allowed her to roll up to Lahilahi Point last month and call people out by name.

She knew them, and they knew and trusted her. So when she said, "Let's go home," they did.

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$400k+ raised! Chip in to help us reach our goal
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We've raised $407,283 to help the residents of Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae buy and develop land for a permanent village. That's more than 25% towards our goal!

Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae's model is also being noticed by major policymakers in Hawaii. The Lieutenant Governor announced a proposal to build Kauhale-style Hawaiian villages for the state's houseless, directly inspired by Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae. The local news even used our rendering, created by Puʻuhonua o Waiʻanae leaders and Hui Aloha volunteers, of the future village in their coverage.

Will you help us get all the way to our goal? Chip in $10, $20 or $50 now to help ensure a future for Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae on their own secure land.

With a new and permanent physical location, Puʻuhonua O Waiʻanae will be able to continue pioneering their community-first model of addressing houselessness. They won't have to be afraid of being displaced and the village will be a stable and inspiring place of learning for all of us, housed and houseless.

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