Our Programs

Ho‘omau Ke Ola offers services to adults (18 years and older) who are seeking help and treatment for chemical dependence. Although Ho‘omau Ke Ola’s facilities are located only on the Wai‘anae Coast of Oahu, the services are open to chemically dependent individuals of any Hawaiian Island who are willing to come to the Wai‘anae Coast for such services. Priority is given to pregnant women, IV drug users, and homeless individuals.

Ho‘omau Ke Ola’s highest level of care is found in its residential treatment program, which offers structured programming from wake up to lights out.  This level of care offers residents a safe, stable, serene, and distraction-free environment in which to begin their road to recovery. Time spent in this environment is filled with both Western Best Practice curriculum and Cultural curriculum.

Western curriculum include: cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), trauma-informed care, social skills training, 12-step familiarization classes, smoking cessation classes, health and nutrition classes, physical recreation opportunities, gender specific process groups, cinema therapy, financial literacy and several other living skills classes. We have three counselors trained to provide the cognitive behavioral intervention for criminogenic behavior recommended by the Interagency Council on Intermediate Sanctions (ICIS).

Cultural curriculum offered at HKO include: kūkulu kumuhana (statement of purpose), moʻokuaauhau (geneology), ʻoli (chanting), ka huakaʻi (migration), moʻolelo (storytelling), ʻike hana lima (craftmanship), paʻani kahiko (ancient games), hoe ka waʻa (canoe Ppaddling), hula basics to teach precision, self-discipline, perseverance, and spiritual connection, ohana day, mālama ʻāina in the loi, and Native Hawaiian crafting.

A client’s length of stay is determined by their progression through levels of awareness, acceptance, willingness, and commitment. Average length of stay is two (2) months.

Parties Responsible for Residential Program include State Department of Health-Alcohol and Drug Addiction Division, HUD (Housing and Urban Development) homeless grant through the City and County of Honolulu, and Family Drug Court and Hawai‘i Judiciary’s Adult Client Services, as well as any self-pay consumers.

Ho‘omau Ke Ola’s non-residential treatment programs include:

  • Intensive Outpatient group sessions and support services (9-15 hours of engagement per week for approximately 4-8 weeks).
  • Less Intensive Outpatient group sessions and support services (6-9 hours of engagement per week for approximately 2-4 weeks).
  • Outpatient group sessions and support services (3-6 hours of engagement per week for approximately 6-8 weeks).
  • Stage II Recovery Continuing Care and support services (2-4 hours of engagement per week for approximately 6-8 weeks prior to graduation)
  • Parties Responsible for Non-Residential Treatment Programs include the benefits of those insured by Hawai‘i’s Med-Quest program through either HMSA-Quest or Aloha Care-Quest, and SSI beneficiaries whose healthy insurance is ‘Ohana Care.

Ho‘omau Ke Ola’s Therapeutic Living Programs (TLP) offer gender specific homes with living skills programming and support services for those lacking a stable and/or supportive home environment while enrolled in IOP and Outpatient treatment programs. The focus of TLP is to provide support and encouragement to our clients to enable them to manage their activities of daily living and adjust to a drug-free lifestyle.  We provide fifteen (15) hours per week of face to face therapeutic activities that helps our clients move toward independent housing and life management. Program services include: evaluation/screening/assessment, service planning, individual and group skill building, vocational and employment services, cultural education and activities, living skills, referral and linkages, case management, client support and advocacy, and monitoring and follow-up.

Parties Responsible for Male Therapeutic Living Program include the generous funding of Hawai‘i State Department of Health-Alcohol and Drug Addiction Division and Hawai‘i Judiciary’s Adult Client Services and Family Drug Court. Unfortunately, the Female Therapeutic Living Program is operating without dedicated funding.

Weekly classes are provided on topics related to work and education. Classes include field trips, guest speakers, lectures and in-class activities.

During residential treatment, and with the approval of the counselor, the client may participate in activities recommended by the employment counselor. For example, clients may attend social skills training, literacy or high school diploma classes and testing.

After the first month of outpatient treatment, client may make contact with agencies or other resources that provide work or education opportunities.

While in relapse prevention, clients may start work or enter a work or education program.

Alumni After Care Group

Ho‘omau Ke Ola’s Alumni Group offers weekly peer support groups for those graduates demonstrating an abstinent and recovery focused lifestyle.

Ohana Ed. & Family Support Group

Provides education and family support to those in need of dealing with substance abuse in the household. We provide group sessions. We find a great need for this service; therefore, we offer an opportunity for participants to pursue future goals. Topics includes disease of addiction, family system, family healing and open discussions.

Outreach Program

Addiction Education classes facilitated on-site at homeless shelters.

UA Services facilitated on-site at homeless shelters.

Homeless site visits to inform homeless of services available.

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