Institute on Violence, Abuse & Trauma

What We Are Doing

What Does Ho'omaluhia do?

 Ho'omaluhia's Impact

I.        Systems analysis and design – Examination and evaluation of care system to insure a comprehensive array of services are components of the system of care.  Analysis includes the “right-sizing” or “dosage” consistent with the needs of the population(s) effected by trauma and violence.

II.      Promising Practices - Coordinate, integrate, evaluate and disseminate what is currently being practiced in Hawai‘i regarding trauma informed care;

III.    Evidence-based Program Delivery - Share successful, culturally responsive, effective, trauma-informed, data-driven and evidence-based programs developed in Hawai‘i with the Pacific region, the Continental United States and other countries;

IV.    Dissemination of Program and Interventions -Bring successful, effective, data-driven and evidence-based programs from the continental United States and the Pacific region to Hawai‘i; and

V.      Training and Evaluation – Deliver and expand local and onsite training to staff of state agencies and nonprofit organizations in providing front-line services and resources for those who have been traumatized to build regional capacity.


Trainings & Collaboration

Ho’omaluhia provides evidence-based, trauma-informed, culturally sensitive and victim centered training and technical assistance to the agencies, organizations front-line professionals serving the peoples of Hawai’i. It has partnered with organizations throughout the Pacific to bring vital trainings to the islands and beyond. Ho’omaluhia collaborated with partners to support the local and regional initiatives needed to build peace and health in the Pacific region, especially indigenous populations.


Topic areas for potential trainings include:

  • training outreach in the neighbor islands

  • substance abuse treatment program for adolescents

  • vicarious trauma

  • witness intimidation for domestic violence victims

  • domestic violence training for law enforcement and possibilities for train the trainer

  • sex assault prevention

  • undocumented families’ needs

  • forensic interviewing

  • mandated reporting for educators

  • safer victims’ assistance practices for service providers


Collaborating agencies include:

  • Children's Justice Center - East Hawaii

  • Hawai`i Youth Services Network

  • Office of the U.S. Attorney - Hawai'i

  • Parents Inc.

  • Missing Children’s Division Hawaii

  • Office of the Prosecuting Attorney - Hawaii County

  • Family Support Hawaii

  • Hawai`i Crime Victims Compensation Commission

  • Hawai`i Police Department - South Hilo

  • Office of the Attorney General

  • Departments of Human Services

    • Maternal and Child Health,

    • Child and Adolescent Mental Health

  • Addiction and Drug Abuse

  • Office of Youth Services

  •  Department of Education - HI-AWARE project

  •  Office of Victim Assistance for Prosecutor’s Office

  •  Family Programs Hawai`i

  •  Catholic Charities