History of Teen CARE

Hina Mauka developed the Teen CARE (Counseling, Awareness, Rehabilitation, and Education) program to meet the needs of the youth and their families. Hina Mauka has provided substance abuse services to adolescents through the Teen CARE program for thirty years.

Hina Mauka

Hina Mauka signHina Mauka began in the late 1960’s as a group of dedicated volunteers at the Hawaii State Hospital who were committed to helping individuals struggling with alcoholism. In 1976 Hina Mauka was incorporated as a not-for-profit substance abuse treatment agency known as as The Alcoholic Rehabilitation Services of Hawaii Inc. Hina Mauka is currently licensed to provide residential services and provides a full continuum of care for adults. Hina Mauka has been accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) since 1999, an important measure of quality within the field of behavioral health. All of Hina Mauka’s programs, adult and adolescent, are CARF-accredited.


Within the overall agency of Hina Mauka, Teen CARE focuses on substance abuse treatment and prevention for adolescents. Teen CARE has provided substance abuse treatment services to adolescents for the last twenty-five years. In 1987 Hina Mauka developed Teen CARE, Hawaii’s first school-based substance abuse treatment program at Castle High School and it proved successful in the intervention and treatment of adolescents. Hina Mauka’s Teen CARE program has since expanded to a dozen public schools on Oahu and Kauai. Hina Mauka has also been providing substance abuse prevention services to youth since 2005. Over the course of years, Hina Mauka has evolved in the delivery of services according to what is successful, while continually modifying our approach to be ever more effective in order to meet the needs of the community.

Hina Mauka chickenTeen CARE uses evidence-based curriculum in our prevention and treatment programs, including Cannabis Youth Treatment, Pathways to Self-Discovery and Change, STARS for Families, Positive Action, Project ALERT, and Positive Action. Hina Mauka Teen CARE focuses on evidence-based approaches that have been proven to serve the adolescent populations, including cognitive behavioral therapy and motivational interviewing. Teen CARE has experience with training and supervising staff to use evidence-based practices in order to ensure fidelity to the programs while also ensuring they are appropriately implemented for use with out Hawai`i youth.

Teen CARE has broad experience for providing quality substance abuse treatment and prevention services to a variety of populations including high school age adolescents, middle and intermediate age adolescents, neighbor island students, military dependents, and a wide variety of cultural groups. During our many years of providing youth services, Teen CARE has developed a collaborative network to support adolescents and their families. Ultimately, it is a heart for helping youth that is Teen CARE’s foundation.

Teen CARE Timeline

  • 1987     Castle High School pilots the first school-based substance treatment program
  • 1988     Teen CARE develops a program at Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility
  • 1989     Olomana Youth Center requests school-based treatment services
  • 1991     Teen CARE expands to Pearl City HS, Kalani HS, and Kalaheo HS
  • 1997     Teen CARE establishes programs at Mililani HS
  • 1998      On Kauai and Lanai, Teen CARE begins providing services at Kapa`a HS, Kapa`a MS, Waimea HS, and Lanai HS.
  • 2000      King Intermediate requests school-based treatment services
  • 2003     Teen CARE opens a program at Radford High School
  • 2005      Due to the Hawaii State Legislature’s efforts to ensure treatment is available in every middle and high school, Teen CARE expands to Waimea Canyon MS, Kauai HS, Chiefess Kamakahelei MS, and Highlands IS.
  • 2005      Teen CARE creates prevention programming for its Kauai schools through a grant from the Hawaii Community Foundation.
  • 2006      Teen CARE establishes a treatment program at Aliamanu Middle School
  • 2009      Teen CARE begins providing treatment services at Kailua HS and Kailua IS.
  • 2010      Teen CARE opens a community-based adolescent treatment program at our Kaneohe office
  • 2011      Teen CARE establishes substance abuse prevention services on Oahu and Kauai, funded by the counties through SAMSHA’s State Incentive Grant
  • 2011       Our community-based treatment program for adolescents is expanded to Waipahu
  • 2012      Teen CARE begins providing state-funded prevention services on Oahu and Kauai
  • 2014      Teen CARE opens a community-based substance abuse treatment program in Waianae in collaboration with the Boys and Girls Club of Waianae.
  • 2015      The Judiciary program contracts with Teen CARE to begin providing adolescent treatment services.
  • 2018       Teen CARE receives funding from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) to provide Intensive In-Home Services to youths and their families.

Teen CARE’s current prevention and treatment programs are funded through the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division of the Hawaii Department of Health. The Hawaii State Judiciary funds adolescent treatment services as well. CAMHD funds our Intensive In-Home Program.

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