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. 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 has been accredited by CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) since 1999, an important measure of quality within the field of behavioral health.

Adult programs

In 1995 Hina Mauka opened adult residential services at its current Kaneohe location. Hina Mauka is licensed to provide residential services and provides a full continuum of substance abuse treatment for adults, including those with co-occurring disorders. Psychiatric services, case management, and peer mentoring is offered to adults in our Kaneohe program. Hina Mauka opened an adult outpatient clinic at Waipahu in 1997. In 2000, Hina Mauka developed a unique therapeutic community program based on traditional Hawaiian culture and values at the Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC) called Ke Alaula.


Within the overall agency of Hina Mauka, Teen CARE focuses on services for children and adolescents. In 1987 Hina Mauka developed 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 twelve Oahu and six Kauai public schools, as well as community-based sites in Kaneohe and Waipahu offering substance abuse treatment services for adolescents.

In 2005, Teen CARE began offering substance abuse prevention services on Kauai through a Hawaii Community Foundation grant. In 2010, prevention programs were developed on both Oahu and Kauai, using several evidence-based curricula.

Teen CARE began working with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division in 2018 to provide Intensive In-Home services. Teen CARE receives referrals for Intensive In-Home Services from the Leeward, Central, and Honolulu Family Guidance Centers.

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Teen CARE uses evidence-based substance abuse prevention and treatment curricula, as well as evidence-based behavioral health practices. Teen CARE identifies approaches that have been proven to serve the adolescent populations, including cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and trauma informed care. Hina Mauka has maintained CARF accreditation since 1999.  Ultimately, it’s the heart of Hina Mauka that is the foundation of our values and our work.

Teen CARE Timeline

  • 1987     Castle High School pilots the first school-based substance treatment program
  • 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, Teen CARE begins providing services at Kapa`a HS, Kapa`a MS, Waimea 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 and Kaneohe
  • 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 provide adolescent treatment services.
  • 2018       Teen CARE receives funding from the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD) to provide Intensive In-Home Services to youth and their families.

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

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