Hoola Na Pua CEO to step down this year, new executive director named

Hoola Na Pua, a Hawaii nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of child sex-trafficking and providing care for youth who have been exploited, appointed Jamee Mhealani Miller as its new executive director on April 10.

Hoola Na Pua CEO to step down this year, new executive director named

Hoola Na Pua is a Hawaii-based nonprofit that focuses on the prevention of child sexual exploitation and care for those youths who have been exploited. Jamee Mahealani Miller was recently named as its executive director. Miller assumed her role on April 10th.

In an email sent to Pacific Business News, Jessica Munoz confirmed that she will continue in her role as CEO until the end of this year.

She said, "I am working on a few details but I have several things coming up."

Miller and Munoz, together, will be responsible for the operational leadership of HNP's community programs, staff and mission.

Munoz stated in a press release that he was 'truly humbled' to see how what began as a dream has grown into a vital organization with a real impact on the community and policies to stop child sex trafficking, both in Hawaii and globally, and setting a standard of response for this global crisis. This collective commitment allows for me to bring this progressive model of child-sex trafficking to a national stage. I'm excited about this new season with a heart that will always be in Hawaii.

Munoz, who has been with the organization for 14 years, has spearheaded the efforts to address the problem of child sexual trafficking, and the need for systemic change, collective policy, and programmatic responses in order to provide comprehensive, sustainable care. Under her leadership, a solution was achieved with the Bromley family Pearl Haven Campus, a 32-bed special treatment facility for children aged 11-17. The $9 million capital project was funded by private donors and community partners.

Munoz stated, "Everyday I see staff from HNP and Pearl Haven, as well as volunteers, donors, and partners, leaning in to make sure that our dynamic and creative services are maintained for long-term results and life-changing care."

Munoz continues to serve as a board consultant and will take over the permanent founder's chair next year to oversee Pearl Haven's programming.

Miller stated in a press release that 'Hoola Na Pua’s impressive track records and commitment to Native Hawaiian youth as well as all youth and their family members energizes and honors me to join the team.' Jessica has set me up for success as HNP's new leader. I am grateful for Jessica's foresight, courage and vision, which helped HNP become a provider of choice for our keiki and ohana, and the community.

Miller held the Aina-Ulu Director position at Kamehameha Schools prior to her current role. During her tenure she managed a statewide group tasked with managing land holdings, program partners, and community programs. She also brought KS resources across the Islands to support these needs, including aina based education and cultural events. She was also a social worker and led the Kona Unit of Queen Liliuokalani's Children's Centre.

Miller stated, 'I am looking forward to working with partners, board[members], donors, volunteers and the HNP team in order to guide this organization to its next stage of growth.'