Having a Safe and Fun Halloween

It’s hard entertaining keiki during Covid-19. For months, we have lived adjusted lives, often in isolation, where the group activities that bring us joy have been put on indefinite pause. The days can blur in and out, and many in our community are feeling the underlying stress and sadness of …

Averting a Hawaii Housing Crisis

This year, the National Low Income Housing Coalition reported that approximately 30-40 million Americans are now at risk of homelessness as a result of the pandemic. While we are far away, Hawai’i is no different. In fact, housing concerns in our islands are heightened, where Hawaii ranks #1 in housing …

Remembering Mary Hyslop

“Mary Hyslop the founding Executive Director of Neighborhood Place of Puna passed away in June of this year. Mary served as NPP’s Executive Director from 2002 through 2011. Mary was a founding member of the East Hawaii Coalition to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect. Mary also participated in the coalition …

Culture-Based Programs in Hawaii

Neighborhood Place of Puna works with diverse families in East Hawai’i. While our community is diverse, we know that a disproportionate number of families we work with are Native Hawaiian. A lot of research has been conducted on the effectiveness of programs rooted in Hawaiian cultural values, especially in healing …

In Solidarity- On Racial Justice

  In the past several days we have seen staggering demonstrations within U.S. mainland cities as communities rise up to protest racism and police violence. These recent events have added stress to our communities during an already stressful pandemic. Recently we wrote about Mental Health Awareness Month and we encouraged …

URGENT- Save Our Services!

Aloha Friends, As legislators prepare for a brief legislative budgeting session beginning on May 11, 2020, we must be united and strong in advocating for the preservation of all funding for homelessness services and other basic social services, including mental health services. The State is facing an unprecedented financial crisis. …