Kids Hurt Too Hawaii started in 2001 as a non-profit organization called Outreach for Grieving Youth Alliance (OGYA). 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 workers and caregivers
- Crisis intervention after deaths from homicide, suicide, accidents and disasters
The name Kids Hurt Too was chosen by children in 2006. In 2011, the official name became Kids Hurt Too Hawaii. Since start-up Kids Hurt Too Hawaii has provided services to over 2000 children, trained more than 9500 adults, and conducted 45 crisis interventions. In 2009, Kids Hurt Too moved into a permanent location at the Kukui Center, expanding from a capacity of 60 children and teens per month to a range of 150-250 per month, with a goal to provide services to 500 grieving children and their families a month. The organization is supported primarily by donations. Programs are free for children and families.