Project Hawai'i Teen Programs

The largest growing age group of homelessness on Hawai'i island are teens and young adults.

According to officials of Waikiki, there are 150 unattended teens on the streets of Waikiki. 

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Children born into homelessness and not given the proper guidance and support are now transitioning into becoming a homeless adult. These teens and young adults are our future and will have an impact in our community. Project Hawai'i Teen Mentoring and Outreach program focuses support to teens living on the streets of Waikiki. 

Our goal is to create a trustworthy relationship with the teens to help keep them safe and healthy. We connect with each teen on a one on one basis to help them identify and reach their goals.  Project Hawai'i guides our teens towards helping them escape their cycle of poverty and homelessness.

The Teen Mentoring and Outreach program utilizes leadership and mentoring workshops conducted by certified or licensed counselors to support the homeless teens achieve their goals. Project Hawai'i regularly provides 3 hour workshops covering vital topics homeless teens can use to be their stepping stones to success.  Workshop topics include:
  • Leadership Skill    *Self Car   *How to Deal with Pain and Loss   *How to Express Feelings  *Overcoming School Harassment
Teens receive certificates they can use towards scholarships,  educational assistance, as well as employment needs.  The Teen Mentoring program is creating future leaders by allowing the teens to take charge of their own educational growth by standing up to the challenges they face. 
The success of Project Hawaii's Teen Mentoring program is driven by providing the following support: Click for more information on each step






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Project Hawai'i is expanded their reach to include a new outreach program to the teens living on the streets of Waikiki in 2018. 

Since our few years working hands on in the evening hours we have been able to accomplish getting teens in school, employed and connected with resources to housing options. In the short time before COVID shut this program on hold, we successfully helped 23 teens escape the streets of Waikiki.

Our goals are to create a trustworthy relationship with the teens to help them reach their goals and escape their cycle of poverty and homelessness.


We will be connecting with each teen on a one on one basis and provide the individual needs to get them on their journey to success. 


DID YOU KNOW? The largest growing age group of homelessness on Hawai'i island are teens and young adults. Children who were born into homelessness and not given the proper guidance and support are now transitioning into becoming a homeless adult. These teens and young adults are our future and the next generation of what is to become.

Like it or not, this generation will have a huge impact on our world.

The CHOICE IS: to fill our jails, lines at the welfare office for newly born babies, in drug rehab, or living off the streets.... or they could become productive citizens with full-time employment contributing to society, the next one to graduate with honors, have a career, be the next role model to share their story with the new teens... the CHOICE IS OURS!!

We can HELP, or we can stand back and watch


Some of the short term goals:

  • Enrolling them in school

  • Connecting them with resources they can actually utilize

  • Provide supportive services and supplies to help obtain their goals

  • Helping them to find employment 

  • Providing a bi-weekly outreach program for updates, support, outreach, etc. (see calendar below for our upcoming events/plans... these will change as we assess our needs)

Volunteer Teams Wanted:

  • Conduct Outreach with us

  • Provide Needed Support Products

  • Conduct Fundraisers/Collection



  • 1/3rd of our homeless population is under the age of 18.

  • Most teens are homeless by choice!! Rather live on the streets than endure the abuse (physical, mental and/or sexual from their "home")

  • All our teens would rather be in school, employed, and on their way to a better life than life on the streets.

  • 1/3 are Hawaiian born and raised, and over 70% have lived here over 10 years.

  • Only 18% of these teens are addicted to drugs.


(obviously we are not equipped to save them all, but we want to provide connections for them)

Sponsor a teen to success


Teen Mentoring Program

Our award winning teen mentoring program was established in 2006! It started as a pilot program for a national school based program and transformed into a life changing opportunity for our teens to succeed!! We have a 90% success rate of teens who participate in our program graduating high school. And approximately 40% going on to college or university.

Our teen mentoring program is a residential program running 4 weeks over the summer while school is out with continued support year round.

Our program includes a wide variety of workshops that teach life and social skills to help our teens through their challenging lives. They will attend 4 professional workshops that provide them with certificates of completion they can use towards their educational goals/credits. In addition they learn a variety of skills from marketing, fundraising, presentation skills and more. 

Each teen will receive a 200 hour Presidents Award Certificate they also use towards scholarships. These volunteer hours are hands on working with younger homeless children while practicing their newfound skills of leadership and mentoring. They learn real world skills that will be invaluable along their journey.

Our GOALS for this programs future is to secure our own facility so we can host more students and over a longer period of time, to include all school breaks. For more information on how you can help us reach out goals, please reach out to us. Financial support or donation of a facility is our main needs.


Teen Resources

Project Hawai'i volunteers meet regularly with our homeless teens for counseling and to help them identify short and long-term goals to their success.  We assist them in developing and carrying out their plans. Each teen's situation is unique so we work with the individual to meet their specific needs.

Our teen mentoring program helps the teens to build  self esteem and find their passion along their journey to success.

Project Hawai'i strives to reduce and eliminate the negative outcomes usually associated with teen homelessness through our continued support. Our teens know we are there for them every step of the way... all the way through college graduation.

We understand that nothing about this process is easy, but it begins with each teen understanding that we have a strong belief in them and they will see rewards for their hard work to do and be better.


We have partnerships with different companies across the islands to conduct our workshops. Such as the Queen Kapiolani Hotel, Team Lally Real Estate, Wiki Fresh, and Target Stores.

Our teen workshops are conducted by a wide variety of community members including college students working towards their practicums, woman in business, leadership instructors, art teachers, and so much more.

In 2019, our core team including our interns completed Leadership and Self Development Course to help our leadership skills and mentoring skills. 

In 2021, our core team is being mentored and coached through the awarded Fellowship Program with Gratitude Network. One of the 33 agencies who had the privilege of being selected. 

Help Our Teens Succeed.. make a monthly commitment 

Teen Mentoring Project Hawai’i, Inc. Homeless teens
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Getting homeless teens enrolled in school is an absolute priority of Project Hawai'i as it provides many benefits to the at risk youth


Benefits for homeless teens being enrolled in school include greater food stability as their breakfasts and lunches will be subsidized by the state. Schools provide a far safer environment than being on the street and the value of basic life, educational, and social skills taught to our our youth throughout the course of the school day cannot be overstated.


Project Hawai’i, Inc.  provides all their needs from school clothing, backpacks, school fees, etc.  

The typical cost per teen is $560. annually.

Sponsor a Teens Education

Our newest development is our College Dormitory that is scheduled to open Fall Semester of 2022. 

We have purchased a facility on Big Island 6 miles from the University/Community College that will house 8 girls for a 2 year period. Our program is designed to allow the teens to live in the dorms free of charge while they attend a full schedule routine to obtain their chosen degree. Furthermore, the young adults be enrolled in on-site life and social skills workshops, employment training and counseling (of a therapist of their choice).

Our goal is to have each girl more on to a higher degree or certificate program with full scholarships after graduating their 2 years while living on site.

To sponsor a College Students Dorm per year  is $4,680.



When teens are emotionally and physically stable enough to begin looking for employment, Project Hawai'i is there for them to support them find the right resources to help them in their job search. We have partnered with Queen Kapilolani Hotel to conduct workshops and training sessions. Target Stores have also stepped up to provide interview skills and training as well as employment in their stores. Old Navy has also created a teen training program for guaranteed employment and training for all our teens ready to work.

We help provide work clothes and in some cases a skateboard or scooter to help get them there. We support them and counsel them to assist them to overcome the challenges of working and making financial budgets. It's amazing to see the confidence and pride that results in teens when they're held accountable to their work goals.

Our newest partnership includes job interview training with Target staff which can result in job training on site for the teens.

We have partnerships for hiring with DelTaco, Blaines Drive In, Wiki Fresh, MacNut Factory. Mentoring opportunities with local business owners with specific career paths, such as auto mechanic, the S.I.S Project in Waianae.

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Another Example how  PROJECT HAWAI'I Changes Lives

Children growing up homeless or in poverty typically do not leave the beach, Keawe trees,or mountains they call home. They do not have the opportunities to leave their small area to learn about the rest of our joyous island.


There are so many wonderful sights that are inexpensive and nearby that we assume these children have access to. We as an organization attempt to look past this reality and help to break this cycle.  Places we take for granted can have a life changing impact for our homeless children. 

One teen who attended our Summer Camp in past years said that she hadn't even known there was a mall on her island until Project Hawaii, Inc took her there. When she got her work permit she applied for several jobs and successfully worked at a mall she hadn't even known existed. 

These are the seemingly small experiences and basic knowledge we can provide that can make such a difference in the lives of these children.


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If you have any questions regarding sponsoring our homeless keiki for the Teen Mentoring program, contact us. 

  • 100% of your donations are tax deductible 

  • 100% of your donation goes directly to our programs

  • Prefer to donate by mail and send in a check to:
    Project Hawai’i, Inc. P.O. Box 1844, Kea'au, HI 96749