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Testimonies from Prison Program Participants

For near two decades, HTI has facilitated a variety of training throughout Hawai'iʻs Department of Public Safety Education system.  Classes such as Parenting, Anger / Stress Management, Houses of Healing, Reading Literacy, Changing the Way You Think, Family Values, Take Charge, Foundation Development, and Alternative Cognition have been offered at Womenʻs Community Correctional Center, O`ahu Community Correctional Center, Halawa Correctional Facility, Kulani Correctional Facility, and Laumaka Work Furlough Center.  HTI has also collaborated with the Building Industry Association of Hawai'I (BIA)  in providing foundation development and job readiness training to inmates within BIAʻs Pre-Apprentice Construction Training program at the Federal Detention Center in Honolulu.

Women

“She teaches nothing but positive. This class is a breath of fresh air. I got energized every time I was here.” - - HA

“You have taught me that even though I do not have my children with me physically, I can battle for them spiritually. Thank you for teaching me to get rid of my guilt as a missing mom.” - - DT

“My character has changed. For one, I walk with my head up. The time I have given to this class was worth every minute of wisdom and learning.” - - DP

“I have learned that I ‘am not a prisoner of my past’. I cannot let what happened to me when I was young affect me now. I may have been abused back then, but I am no longer gonna be the reason why he keeps abusing me by keeping the bad times the reasons for my bad choices. It took me a very, very long time to come to this.” - - JF

“I now have a plan and an understanding of my legacy. Oh yeah, I also learned not to tolerate confusion. I liked that. Many tears have come out of this class, and I think that’s the greatest part of the healing process.” - - KK

Men

“I’ve learned more about myself than I’ve ever learned before.” JJB
“As each class went by, things started to get more interesting and more challenging for me.” - - QCF

"This class is very good; it’s something different. Serious stuff. Trying to find out about my self is really frustrating, hard and baffling, but it’s something I have to learn and work on. I have to stop thinking negative because that’s the kine stuff I’m attracting – think good thoughts and I attract good vibes. That’s one of the most important things you told me, and I’m taking that to heart. It is impossible for me to fail!” - - CP

“Allow inmates to have similar programs throughout the Hawaii State Prison system. This program really would prepare them for release and not coming back.” - - CM

“Mahalo for igniting our `uhane (spirit) and sharing situations and circumstances that allows us to stretch our thinking in many different ways.” - - AH

“Thanks for providing an excellent program to change the way I think. I really liked the class. The things taught really opened my mind.” - - LS

“You have definitely stimulated thought.” - - RE

“This class was the best ever. Really hard to surpass. (method, approach and materials). My overall highlight was how the “teacher” expressed every point, every angle. The best yet.” - - CP