2023 promises to be a busy year for Ohana Hoʻopakele! We are:

  • Supporting the release of one of our imprisoned kupuna (September 2023). After decades of connection across prison walls and advocacy, we have won compassionate release for a kupuna in our ‘ohana! We look forward to welcoming him home in September 2023.

  • Advocating for increased kupuna releases and policy reforms which enable compassionate release and pathways to freedom. We aim to share and collectivize the mana'o learned in winning a Compassionate Release case to support more elderly imprisoned people, their ‘ohana and community in bringing loved ones home.

  • Initiating implementation of Faith Pods based on kapu aloha in Hawaii prisons and jails, to provide imprisoned people the opportunity to re-establish recognized native Hawaiian cultural practices and develop their Hawaiian identity.

  • Advancing grassroots planning and implementation for a Pu’uhonua Wellness Center, which will host re-entry housing, Hawaiian cultural practices, meaningful work in invasive species eradication and regenerative land management, ‘ohana engagement in healing, recidivism prevention, and more.

  • Increasing state support and cooperation on Act 117, the legislation we successfully passed into law in 2016 that directs the Department of Public Safety to work with ‘Ohana Ho’opakele to open a Pu’uhonua Wellness Center.

Join the effort to support pa’ahao and bring people home!

  • Do you know anyone inside Hawaii prisons or jails who might be interested in our work? (Paʻahao interested in Hawaiian cultural practices and religion, kūpuna who are locked up, or people impacted by harsh minimum sentencing?) Please share our information and mailing address.

  • Has your ʻohana been impacted by imprisonment? Contact us to learn more.
  • Are you an educator, cultural practitioner or organizer? We invite your

  • Want to volunteer, mobilize or offer your time and skills? Join us.

Contact us to get involved:

Mailing address: Ohana Hoʻopakele, P.O. Box 5530, Hilo, HI 96720
Email: ohanahoopakele@gmail.com Website: www.ohanahoopakele.org


Mahalo for supporting Ohana Ho’opakele in advancing our vision and goals all these years. Your involvement is essential. 

We welcome grassroots donations of all sizes. Every donation helps us bring our campaigns to life. 

Ways to give:

  • Online: Click on the Donation button below.

  • Check: Write a check to “Ohana Ho`opakele” and mail it to: Ohana Ho'opakele, P.O. Box 5530, Hilo, Hawai’i 96720

  • Donor-advised funds: Contribute through Donor-Advised Funds at your financial institution of choice. Email OhanaHoopakele@Gmail.com to learn more or request designation information.

Ohana Ho’opakele are registered as a non-profit corporation by the IRS with a 501(c)3 designation. Your donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law, and we will provide you with a receipt for your gift. 


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