We are here to help
Honu House Hawaii provides a safe and comfortable home for adult men who have successfully completed residential treatment from substance abuse. Our home serves men who are motivated and willing to transition from active addiction into a recovering lifestyle. Our clients are treated with the upmost dignity and respect, while living in a semi-structured and supportive environment. We practice living life on life’s terms with other recovering addicts, while having fun!
Having personally recovered from active addiction, we understand the struggles of early recovery. At Honu House Hawaii, we are committed to providing the best environment for mental, physical, spiritual, and social development. Residents will practice a continued “12-step approach,” gain self-confidence, and develop new life skills. Our clients will learn honesty, accountability, service work, and what it means to be a person of integrity. It’s our mission to have fun in sobriety while becoming self-supervised and self-sufficient.
Many addicted people use drugs and alcohol because they are unable to face life on life’s terms. Over an extended period, substance abusers can feel hopeless. Addiction does not happen overnight and neither does recovery. At Honu House Hawaii we prefer the term “discovery,” rather than “recovery.” This is about aligning with a new way forward, unlike anything our clients have ever experienced. Statistically, the standard model of 30, 60 or 90-day residential treatment will likely fail. Remaining focused on recovery first, our chances of a relapse-free, lifelong self-discovery, are dramatically increased. This has been our experience. Paradise is calling. Aloha.”
Honu House operates on a month-to-month rental agreement and does not require a contract or commitment from residence, although we highly recommend staying a minimum of 3 months (and no more than 9), to receive the full benefits of our living experience. For those residents wishing to make a 90 day commitment to their journey with us, full airfare will be provided by Honu House from any U.S. state.
John Burke is owner and co-founder of Hawaii Island Sober Living, "Honu House." Before getting sober, John was a chronic relapser. He slowly learned that "self-knowledge availed him nothing.” After more than a decade in recovery, he learned the true meaning of surrender and helped form “Honu House,” a Hawaii Island Sober Living home for men. John’s lengthy experience in 12 step based programs has helped create a new foundation for men to succeed in their recovery. He believes that it is only after an ultimate act of humility, self-sacrifice, and surrender, that we can begin to live freely. John now devotes his life to his passion for helping others find freedom from addiction.
Originally from Northern California, John’s journey into Recovery led him to the Big Island of Hawaii in 2015. He struggled in early recovery, unable to stay sober despite all strenuous efforts of his own will power and self-knowledge. His path led him in and out of the ICU and through several treatment centers. He was the type that many would have referred to as hopeless. It was not until he was fully willing to surrender and admit his own powerlessness that his Recovery truly began. John is an alumni of the Honu House and actively works one on one with other men in Recovery.