Paula Fuga & Karen Tan
Left: Paula Fuga, Hawaiian Music Recording Artist; Right: Karen Tan, LCSW, President & CEO, Child & Family Service

About the Show

This one-hour program is a talk-story with President & CEO of Child & Family Service, Karen Tan, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Hawai’i recording artist, Paula Fuga. Paula shares her journey of resiliency as a beacon of Hope for families, children, and teens who may be struggling today. This heartwarming dialogue offers a glimpse into surviving a difficult childhood and becoming empowered by Hope. Paula shares what inspired her music and you won’t want to miss her musical performances.

The CFS HOPE Line is made possible by

Kamehameha Schools

If you or someone you know is in need of help, call the CFS HOPE Line

(808) 515-HOPE (4673)
TOLL FREE: 1 (855) 550-HOPE (4673)

About Paula Fuga

Paula Fuga

Acclaimed for her originality in song composition and spellbinding, soulful vocals, Fuga is one of Hawaii's top female musicians in generations. A poet at heart and an accomplished ukulele player under Master Instructor, Roy Sakuma, she has intertwined her passions into award-winning songwriting. Her debut album, LILIKOI lauded the prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award for ‘Most Promising Artist.’ Since the release of her EP Misery’s End, which featured guest appearances by Ziggy Marley and Jack Johnson, Fuga has headlined the global music circuit and performed on the stages of Madison Square Garden, The Sydney Opera House Forecourt and is a three-time return guest artist to The White House. Today, with a global fanbase and thriving music career, Fuga’s music is dedicated to inspiring positive social change - rooted in perseverance and hope. She is fiercely committed to permeating the world with the evocative voice of the Hawaiian people. On June 18th, Fuga will release her second full-length album Rain on Sunday through Brushfire Records. Lead single, “If Ever” is available now. 

“Music is my first love. Love is my first language." - Paula Fuga

About Child & Family Service

Child & Family Service (CFS) is a Hawaii born, impact-driven, family-centered, full-service nonprofit founded in 1899, that puts community and empathy above all else. Our mission, strengthening families and fostering the healthy development of children, has been the driving force behind an array of programs that welcome everyone from keiki to kupuna across the islands. CFS addresses life’s most serious issues including the root causes of poverty and prevention and treatment of abuse and neglect.

As a fierce advocate for Hawaii’s families CFS is a leader in bringing nationally recognized models of care to Hawaii and adapting them to meet the needs of our diverse local communities, while maintaining core fidelity to the models. CFS offers a wide range of programs state-wide to meet the needs of families in four core areas: Caring for Keiki, Empowering Youth, Healing from Trauma, and Honoring Kupuna.

We understand that it takes strong partnerships with other organizations and agencies to ensure the best possible outcomes for the individuals and families we serve. Through rigorous data collection and analysis, the culturally informed programs we offer are proven to be effective; serving thousands each year and touching the lives of thousands more through outreach services such as our crisis line, educational workshops and classes, youth events, presentations and trainings, food and clothing distribution through our seven statewide Family Centers, phone calls, and referrals.

As a Hawaii 501 (c)(3) organization, we are proud that one-hundred percent of donor dollars stay in Hawaii to advance our mission. To learn more, vist our website

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