KUA'ANA PROJECT

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​Kua'ana is the Hawaiian term for older sibling. In the 'ohana (family) structure,  kua'ana take responsibility of caring for the kaina (younger sibling) and guide them as they pursue their goals.  Through the Kua’ana Project, peers of the transgender community kōkua (assist) other transpersons using their own personal experiences. Whether it be to search for jobs, legally change their names, or access stable housing, our Kua’ana Project staff are able to support and encourage kaina with compassion and understanding. 

 

To learn more about our services, please call (808) 521-2437 or email kuaana@hhhrc.org.

‘IKE AKU, ‘IKE MAI. KŌKUA AKU, KŌKUA MAI.
PĒLĀ KA NOHONA ‘OHANA.

Watch, observe. Help others and accept help. That is the family way.
MEET MADDIE, OUR KUA‘ANA PROJECT COORDINATOR
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Maddalynn “Maddie Ashton” Sesepasara has been a part of the HHHRC family since 2001 when, as part of Life Foundation, she participated in Hawaii’s ‘Aha UTOPIA for five years. Maddie, a transgender woman of Samoan and Chinese descent, joined Life Foundation in 2003 as an HIV Health Educator and Outreach Worker. She rejoined the ranks of Life Foundation in 2012 after a time at Kulia Na Mamo, assuming her former position with a new gusto for the community. Maddie has helped to coordinate several HIV awareness campaigns since her initial involvement with UTOPIA Hawaii, and has emerged as a prominent voice in the community. Throughout the years, Maddie has dedicated her work to HIV awareness and reducing the stigma of HIV in her community.

KUA‘ANA PROJECT STAFF

Shalani Placencia

Kua‘ana Project Peer Navigator

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Sina Sison

Kua‘ana Project Peer Navigator

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KUA‘ANA SERVICES

Healthcare Linkage Services


  • Free and confidential HIV & hepatitis testing & counseling
  • Gender affirming treatment referrals (hormone therapy, hair removal, speech therapy)
  • Substance abuse treatment linkage and referral
  • Clean & sober living​​​
  • Mental health care referrals




Supportive Services


  • Community gatherings
  • One-on-one peer counseling
  • Transition guidance & esteem building
  • Legal support referrals
  • Family transgender education
  • Benefits (DHS applications, housing assistance applications, educational assistance)
  • Professional/educational guidance (resume building, career planning, educational assistance)




Education & Advocacy


  • Transgender advocacy
  • HIV prevention
  • Cultural competency trainings
  • Capacity building




Gender Affirming Services


  • Name change applications
  • Gender affirming treatment referrals (hormone therapy, hair removal, speech therapy)
  • Family transgender education
  • One-on-one peer counseling
  • Transition guidance & esteem building





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