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Hale Opio Kauai, Inc.

A BBB Accredited Charity since 07/17/2001.


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Name: Hale Opio Kauai, Inc.
Phone: (808) 245-2873
Fax: (808) 245-6957
Address: 2959 Umi Street
Lihue, HI 96766
Report Creation Date: February 15, 2013
Report Expiration Date: June 18, 2014
Original Business Start Date: January 1974
Local Start Date: November 1974
Principal: Ms. Laverne Bishop, Executive Director
Customer Contact: Ms. Laverne Bishop, Executive Director - (808) 245-2873
Incorporated: January 1974, HI
Type of Business: Charity - Local
BBB Accreditation: This organization is a BBB Accredited Charity.

Stated Purpose

Hale Opio Kauai Inc. is dedicated to improving quality of life, enhancing a sense of belonging, increasing self-awareness, and strengthening ohana by providing residential & community programs for Education, Prevention, Diversion and Treatment. Hale Opio Kauai provides culturally sensitive, youth-driven, family-centered, strengths-based collaborative behavior health & juvenile justice services.


Residential Treatment Services-Young people in need of supportive counsel, structured activities, educational coaching, individual development skills, and a safe nurturing environment life with specially trained, professionally supervised, licensed families. Youth, ages 11-18, are referred by DOH-CAMHD, DHS, OYS and Family Court.
Prevention & Empowerment Programs-Using evidence based curricula identified in national registries as "Programs that Work." These programs are designed to engage student in using critical thinking skills to make proud choices, take positive action, and provides cultural learning experiences.
Education Programs-Truancy prevention & intervention programs. School connection programs to support youth to improve grades and social interactions with school activities and peers.

Therapeutic Group Homes, Emergency Shelter Services, Therapeutic Foster Home Program, Juvenile Diversion Program, Teen Line, Urgency Response System - Safe Bed, Autism Services, Kaua'i Teen Court, and Hawaii Advocates for Youth, Family Group Conferencing.

For the year ended June 30, 2013, Hale Opio Kauai, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Prevention and Empowerment:$117,603
General and Administrative:$304,148
Total Program Expenses:$1,017,090


Chief Executive Officer:LaVerne Bishop, Executive Director
CEO Compensation:$65,000
Chair of the Board:Curtis Law
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:Curtis E. Law Construction Co.
Board Size:10
Paid Staff Size:4 full time and 17 part time Full Time.

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:Fund raising methods include: Direct Mail Appeals, Invitations to Fund Raising Events, and Grant Proposals.

Direct Mail

Tax Status

This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.


According to Hale Opio Kauai, Inc.'s Audited financial statements for the year ended June 30, 2013:

 Service Contracts - Primary with State Government Agencies$726,102
 Contributions and Grants$107,347
 Interest and Other$6,445
 Total Income:$922,956
Expenses  % of total
% of total
 Programs:$1,017,090 100.00%110.20%
 Fund Raising:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Administrative:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Other:$0 0.00%0.00%
 Total Expenses:$1,017,090
* Excess of Expenses over Income$94,134
Beginning Net Assets$1,438,950
Ending Net Assets:$1,344,816
Total Assets$1,438,950
Total Liabilities$94,134

* Excess for the year indicates the portion of income remaining after expenses.

Notes and Comments

The Better Business Bureau of Hawaii has adopted two additional Standards of Charitable Accountability:

* Each organization shall disclose the percentage of locally raised donations that remain in Hawaii.
Each organization shall comply with Hawaii Revised Statutes Chapter 467B Solicitation of Funds from the Public.

Evaluation Conclusions: The organization meets the BBB of Hawaii Standards.

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Report as of April 19, 2014 10:04
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