Camp Pilialoha ‘O Maui
Each year, about 120 “Angels”—children of incarcerated parents—attend Camp Pilialoha ‘O Maui. We are grateful that this annual event stems from a mission to share God’s love with children whose parents are in prison. Love is always the theme at the camp, as volunteers and junior mentors strive to demonstrate the love of Christ to the camp attendees. Our camp is an annual, four-day event filled with an intentional series of activities and events that facilitate the sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ through love, trust, forgiveness and hope.
What Happens at Camp?
Every activity is intended to give a mentor a chance to talk to an Angel about the love of God, as well as an opportunity to demonstrate that love. Our mentors and leaders are trained to understand the process of camp and trust in God’s timing to open up the Angels’ hearts.
Camp Pilialoha ‘O Maui includes activities that children would expect to see at a typical youth camp, such as ziplining, archery, beach time, games, making crafts, participating in skits and one-on-one mentoring.
Why Camp Pilialoha ‘O Maui?
In the United States currently, there are more than 800,000 incarcerated parents that have more than 1,800,000 children who are minors. In Hawaii, the child of an incarcerated parent is 80 percent more likely to be incarcerated as well. These statistics continue to increase and the role of Camp Pilialoha ‘O Maui is to reach these children and their parents – to see whole families transformed by God’s unconditional love.
What Happens After Camp?
Camp is just the beginning to a transformed life with Christ. As our resources grow, we will be able to provide more activities and events throughout the year that keep the children connected with their mentors, who love and encourage them. We also partner with other agencies and organizations that match our Angels with mentors to encourage them and build friendships with them.
How Can You Make a Difference?
As we prepare for this year’s Camp Pilialoha ‘O Maui, please partner with us. We cannot do this alone, so we ask for your help by financially partnering with us at any level you can. Camp is free for every attendee; every child receives all the materials and supplies he or she would need during the course of the camp including a backpack, sleeping bag, flash light, toiletries, and fresh t-shirts for each day of camp. These materials are for the campers to keep and to take home.
Please pray as God prepares our hearts, the Angels and their parents for all He will accomplish.