Our Vision

We envision a community where there is no youth homelessness.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide a continuum of support that empowers Hawaii’s street youth to move beyond homelessness.

Holiday Aloha

The holidays are upon us and we are busy with preparations for the season. We want to bring as much warmth and joy to our residents as possible, and every year we gift each youth with a backpack filled with much-needed items, a personal stocking, and $100 in gift cards. We also ensure that every resident in the shelter has a gift to open on Christmas. There are still a few items needed, so if you are able to help with donations, please let us know! Mahalo and Mele Kalikimaka!

About RYSE

Residential Youth Services and Empowerment is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization operating a youth access center and shelter services in Kailua, Oahu. From 8am to 8pm seven days a week, youth ages 14–24 can use our drop-in services free of charge. Our goal is to provide safety and help youth get off the streets, so that they can live and thrive as healthy, happy young adults.

Programs & Services

Emergency Shelter & Housing

RYSE operates 4 emergency housing shelters for youth ages 14-24 on the island of Oahu. Support services are provided, including agency referrals.

Medical Services (Health & Wellness)

RYSE has a licensed APRN on staff with medical clinic hours as well as behavioral health counselors to treat the specific needs of opportunity youth.

Education & Employment

RYSE offers on-site GED classes, college application support, driver license help, vocation & life skills training, and employment assistance.

Outreach & Engagement

RYSE is here to help youth succeed. We can help you with agency & program referrals, support, emergency help, and crisis services to respond 24/7.

Drop-In Centers / Day Programs

RYSE offers many services for opportunity youth free, 7 days a week, 8am to 8pm: food, laundry, showers, emergency supplies, WiFi & more.

Empowering Hawaii’s Street Youth to Move Beyond Homelessness

Ending Youth Homelessness

Learn More About Our Work From Staff And Former Residents

RYSE Hawaii Team

RYSE Hawaii Graduates

How You Can Help

Together, we can end the cycle of homelessness. We appreciate your support, particularly during this global pandemic that has put a strain on all of us. Even small contributions have a major impact at our organization, and we thank you for considering a donation when you are able to.