Removing the stigma of their loss

Nikki Gregory (center) and her three daughters meet at Kids Hurt Too Hawaii.

HONOLULU – For Nikki Gregory, the hard truth was that staying with the father of her three daughters was not going to make their relationship any better. The 34-year-old single mother admitted that it took her a long time, but she finally did realize that prison was his life. She just needed help getting across to...

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Raising funds for worthy cause

Grief-stricken children participate in a mentoring activity at Kids Hurt Too Hawaii.

HONOLULU — Kids Hurt Too Hawaii has embarked on a campaign to raise $200,000 for a worthy cause. Proceeds go towards providing 250 grief-stricken children with a safe space to express feelings about their loss of a parent to such factors as a divorce, death or incarceration. It costs Kids Hurt Too Hawaii $900 per...

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Stepping in to help out

Donna Hodges gets helpful tips from Cynthia White.

HONOLULU — A difference can start with one person. Just ask Donna Hodges, a 53-year-old Makaha resident who adopted her two grandsons nearly five years ago after their mother could no longer care for them. To hear Hodges tell it, her 33-year-old daughter, Rosina, never recovered emotionally from when, at age 7, her father died...

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Seeking donors and volunteers

Hiro Ito working with children

HONOLULU — As Kids Hurt Too Hawaii turns its attention to providing grief-stricken children with a safe space to express their feelings, the non-profit organization continues to seek dedicated donors and volunteers. The renewed push comes at a time when the nonprofit organization is focused on addressing its two biggest challenges: engaging volunteers and raising...

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Seeing her children smile again

Nicole Puente

HONOLULU – Nicole Puente is the first to admit that her divorce six years ago from her children’s father wasn’t easy on them. It pains them still. But the 35-year-old patient-care representative for a local hospital insists that staying in an abusive relationship for the sake of her two children — Audriana,13, and Andre, 11...

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