Kids Hurt Too Hawaii started in 2001 as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization called Outreach for Grieving Youth Alliance. It was formed after an advisory council identified three needs in Hawaii:
- Support for children impacted by death, divorce, and placement in foster care
- Specialized training for providers and caregivers addressing grief
- Crisis intervention after death from homicide, suicide, accidents and disasters
The name “Kids Hurt Too” was chosen by children in 2006. In 2011, the official name of the organization became “Kids Hurt Too Hawaii.” Since its beginning, Kids Hurt Too Hawaii has provided group support and training services to thousands of children, youth, caregivers, and providers.
In 2009, Kids Hurt Too Hawaii moved into a permanent location at the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Kukui Center, greatly expanding its capacity to serve families in need. The organization is supported by donations, grants and contracts. All Kids Hurt Too Hawaii programs and services are free to eligible participants.