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Makana O Ke Akua

"Gift of God"

The Beginning 

Makana O Ke Akua opened its door in March 2003 as a response to an immediate need of 8 men who were left stranded by their previous clean and sober home, who took their money and left the island. These men needed a place and John decided to open a home for them in Ewa Beach. This was the beginning of what we know today as Makana O Ke Akua clean and sober housing. 

Makana O Ke Akua means, "Gift of God." Our mission and vision is centered around being a gift to those we serve. Since the time of our inception our focus is to be a beacon of light and a ray of hope to all those in need. Our desire is to make a difference in the lives of others. We strive to provide the best services possible.

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Our mission is to provide a structured, clean and sober living environment for men who want to make a positive change with their lives.


Our vision is to reconnect, reunite, and restore men back to their communities, workforce, and most of all back to their families.

Collaborative Partnerships

MOKA has an array of organizations and businesses that we partner and collaborate with in order to provide the best service possible. These are the partnerships that we established over the years:

●Hawaii Paroling Authorities         ●Dept of Public Safety

●Federal Probation Office             ●Federal Pretrial Office

●Hawaii Probation Office               ●Institute for Human Services

●Ho’omau Keola                             ●CNHA

●Hina Mauka                                   ●Private Facilities

●Waikiki Health Center                   ●Saguaro Correctional Center

●Waiawa Correctional Facility           ●Oahu Community Correctional Center

●Halawa Correctional Facility         ●Laumaka Work Furlough Center

CNHA Counicl for Native Hawaiian Advancement
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Founding Director

John Lyon Dudoit Jr.

John L. Dudoit Jr. is the Founding Director of Makana O Ke Akua. Born on June 27, 1952, John grew up as a rambunctious young boy. He was very excited about life and life experiences.

Life wasn't always easy for John. Wrong decisions in his life lead him to an unhealthy lifestyle. He was on his way to a destructive life. 

John took a complete turn in his life while being incarcerated at OCCC. At OCCC he found God. After being released from prison he was determined to have a new life. Eventually he was restored back to his family and remarried his wife. He has become the father of his home and is now helping other men to restore their lives, just as he did.


John Dudoit and 'Ohana

"We believe that each individual has the potential to succeed in life. We are blessed to be a part of that transition."

- John Lyon Dudoit, Jr.



To teach and develop independence, accountability and responsibility. We strive to become mentors and role models and bring hope to others and their families, ultimately becoming a light at the end of the tunnel.


To be a home, centered around 'Ohana, where men can receive the greatest opportunity for success in their lives.

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