The Pu‘uhonua Program serves incarcerated individuals and opportunity youth through credit bearing college coursework at HYCF, Halawa Correctional Facility, Olomana School, Womens Community Correctional Center. The program actively engages students through rigorous coursework, skill building, and proactive counseling and support services.
Pu‘uhonua Student Spotlight: Momi Cody
“It’s given me more opportunity. Definitely.”
Momilani Cody shares her experience as a Puʻuhonua Program participant while being incarcerated as well the generous support she received from Windward Community College. She is currently on track to receive her Bachelor’s of Social Work and has ambitions for helping those that are underserved in our community.
Post-Pu‘uhonua Tuition Generated
Pu’uhonua students continue education at UH
Students continue their education after completing the Pu’uhonua Program.
- Graduates have generated $34,272.00 in post-program tuition.
- Program alumni are pursuing degrees at Windward Community College, Honolulu Community College, and Kapiolani Community College.
- Participating in post-secondary education while incarcerated lowers recdivism rates by 46% (Meyer & Fredricks, 2010).
Meyer, S. J., Fredericks, L., Borden, C. M., & Richardson, P. L. (2010). Implementing postsecondary academic programs in state prisons: Challenges and opportunities. Journal of Correctional Education, 148-184.