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As a member of the board, and long-time supporter of its founder, Wayde Lee, I've witnessed his dedicated commitment to reducing the incidence of Hawaiian youth interaction with the juvenile justice system. Wayde's reputation in this field is impeccable and unquestioned amongst a range of professionals associated with juvenile justice reform. Kahua Ola Hou's unique Hawaiian cultural-based approach to tapping into the inherent value of each juvenile's strength and self-worth typically unleashes a deep personal reaction from these youth to deal positively with parents, teachers, counselors, and other youth surrounding each individual who goes through the program. It has a proven track record that all familiar with its program recognize. KOH's program is one important component of a multi-level approach to juvenile justice reform, Ho'opono Mamo, which has been formalized amongst juvenile justice reform advocates and professionals. You can explore further details about KOH's implementation of the Wahi Kana'aho approach to rehabilitation of youth in crisis in this coverage by the Honolulu Star Advertiser:

http://www.staradvertiser.com/2016/01/11/hawaii-news/hawaiians-at-risk-healing-efforts-return-to-roots/

and a Master's thesis paper covering the program:

https://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/bitstream/10125/20860/2/M.A.CB5.H3_3482_r.pdf