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Helping Parents Raise Safe and Healthy Children

The Work of Helping Families

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A woman came to our office on a recent Friday afternoon. She had one of her sons with her and was on the verge of tears from the emotional strain of living in a car with her children. She had a voucher for subsidized housing and had found an apartment, but the apartment failed the […]

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The Insecurity of Poverty

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Poverty is characterized by insecurity, instability, and stress. When a family does not have enough money to meet even the basic needs of housing, food, transportation, and medicine, they will, by necessity, go without at least one of these essentials for some period of time. A family in poverty will be homeless at some point. […]

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Supporting East Hawaii Families

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2014 has been a hard year for Puna families.  In addition to the usual challenges of poverty, isolation, and transportation, Hurricane Iselle came ashore over Puna early in the morning of August 9th, felling trees, closing roads, and forcing many in Puna to live without power for days or weeks. Many of the families Neighborhood […]

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Practicing Hospitality

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Hospitality, the willingness to offer shelter and food to strangers, is an ancient practice. It is a virtue praised in many religious traditions and an ethic that Neighborhood Place of Puna tries to embody. This ethic was tested late in the day, on the eve of the Veterans’ day holiday, when Neighborhood Place of Puna […]

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Protecting Keiki, at Home and Around the World

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On Tuesday, November 25th, 2015, please join us in commemorating the 8th Annual World Day to Prevent Child Abuse! The East Hawai’i Coalition on Child Abuse and Neglect is sponsoring a FREE training & presentation from 9-11 A.M. at the Aupuni Center Conference Room in Hilo.  

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The Work of Honoring Each Person

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Neighborhood Place of Puna services are built on relationships, relationships that deeply value each individual person. We help families who are trying to raise safe and healthy children. We provide emergency food assistance to families and individuals who are hungry. We are also helping individuals and families dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Iselle and […]

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Lava Update

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In Response to the active lava flow above Pahoa Town, Neighborhood Place of Puna is moving our Pahoa office and staff to our Keaau office, 16-105 Opukakaia St, across from the Keaau Humane Society. We will be moving over the course of this week, 9/15 to 9/21. All of our phone numbers and email will […]

7th Annual Art Festival

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Presented by Abled Hawai’i Artists Annual Art Festivals. July 19, 2014, 10am to 3pm at Hawai’i Museum of Contemporary Art. Free event with entertainment and healing arts demonstration. For more information, call Mar at (808) 895-5353.

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Kahua Waiwai Financial Education Workshop

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Free workshop for age 14 and up. June 12th & 26th, July 10th & 24th, August 7th & 21st, September 4th & 21st at Neighborhood Place of Puna-Keaau (Girl Scout Center). Workshop time is 5pm to 9pm. To register, call Kelly at (808) 934-0801 or email  

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Volunteer Opportunities

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Neighborhood Place of Puna has volunteer opportunities for the following areas: Food Pantry, Sports Rescue, and Community Events. See Volunteer Application for descriptions. For more information, call Jay at 965-5550. Click here for Volunteer Application You may fax to 965-5109.

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