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Drawing Strength from Peers

HONOLULU — For a glimpse of the effect of Kids Hurt Too Hawaii on grief-stricken children, look no further than a peer-support group that meets monthly at the Kukui Center near downtown Honolulu. About 19 kids, who lost a parent to death, divorce, or incarceration, gathered for up to two hours to share memories of […]

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Healing from Domestic Violence

Learning to Care for Others Kanani, 8, a victim of domestic violence, learns to care for others while a mentor guides her in making poi at the Kanewai Lo’i during the monthly mentoring activity Poi for the Soul.  “As a single parent, I have often felt isolated and alone. Kids Hurt Too helped us bond […]

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Removing the Stigma of Loss

HONOLULU — For Nikki Gregory, the hard truth was that staying with the father of her three daughters was not going to make their relationship any better. The 34-year-old single mother admitted that it took her a long time, but she finally did realize that prison was his life. She just needed help getting across to […]

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Seeing Her Children Smile Again!

HONOLULU – Nicole Puente is the first to admit that her divorce six years ago from her children’s father wasn’t easy on them. But the 35-year-old patient-care representative for a local hospital insists that staying in an abusive relationship for the sake of her two children — Audriana, 13, and Andre, 11 — was not […]

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A Success Story

It is a privilege to watch as the children grow and heal. Pictured here are Jamie and Malina. Jamie started at age 9. She is 15 now, experiencing success in high school, and donates to Kids Hurt Too Hawaii. Malina, who started at age 11, is attending college at age 18. Jamie, separated from her mom […]