U-Turn for Christ Kaua'i in Kapa'a, HI

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(5 of 5)
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4-1101 Kuhio Hwy
Kapa'a HI 96746

U-Turn for Christ Kaua'i Philosophy

U-Turn for Christ Kaua'i is a non-denominational ministry that treats adult men suffering from substance abuse, training them become healthy members of their families and community. Treatment takes place over two phases, with Phase 1 emphasizing compliance, responsibility (via daily chores) and life skills education, and Phase 2 addressing reintegration into society. The rustic, camp-like residence on the garden island of Kaua'i offers a serene, stripped-down environment in which clients can clear their mind and concentrate on their relationship with God, amidst the natural beauty that is one of his greatest gifts.

Areas of Specialization

  • Residential Treatment
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  • Holistic Therapy
    Facilities that offer “holistic therapy” see and treat patients in the context of their entire lives and health status. They treat the “whole person,” not just the addiction.

Facility Highlights

Christian Living Skills

Morning Devotions

Bible Study

Meet the Staff

Roger Turner

Lead Campus Supervisor

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I was raised in a Christian home and lived with Christian parents throughout my entire childhood. I went to college and received my B.A. in Anthropoolgy from the University of New Mexico. I have been with the school as the lead campus supervisor since it started in 2005. I enjoy spending time with my son’s family, watching my grand-daughters play soccer, and playing golf on Saturdays.

Gerry Brown

Founder and President

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Pastor Gerry and Peggy have worked hard to establish a family atmosphere in the ministry of U-Turn for Christ and Calvary Chapel Romoland. They pray that you would consider sending your loved ones to them so that they may receive Jesus as Lord and Savior and allow the power of the Holy Spirit to set them free from the bondage of sin.

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U-Turn for Christ Kaua’i in Anahola, Hawaii, is a nonprofit, non-denominational ministry that treats men over 18 years of age who are struggling with substance abuse. This ranch/working camp offers a two-phase residential drug and alcohol recovery program. Medical detox is not available on-site, and co-occurring disorders cannot be treated here.


U-Turn for Christ Kaua’i emphasizes obedience, integrity, accountability, and community service. The facility’s website stresses that treatment is primarily about “reestablishing fellowship” with God; recovery from addiction is seen as a product of that fellowship.

Phase One of treatment lasts a minimum of 60 consecutive days and involves waking up at 5:30 a.m. to pray before working eight-hour days in the community, six days a week. In the afternoon, there’s time for relaxation, including exercising, surfing, and snorkeling. After dinner, clients attend discipleship meetings, Bible study, and church services

Phase Two — which is optional — involves a six-month commitment, the goal of which is to help clients reintegrate into society. Men transition to different accommodations and are required to find employment within 10 days. Clients continue to attend Bible studies, group sessions, serve at the church, and maintain sobriety.


Two staff members listed on the U-Turn for Christ Kaua’i website are both pastors (one retired). No further information is provided about the credentials.


Set on a serene garden island, the ranch offers basic accommodations. Men live in bunk houses or tents and receive all meals and snacks during Phase One. During Phase Two, participants move into a regular house and do chores and yard work. Clients are required to bring bedding, a sleeping bag, clothing, mosquito net, headlamp with extra batteries, Bible and notebook. Clients may write home during Phase One, but telephone calls are not permitted. Cell phones are allowed in Phase Two.


At time of writing, there have been no alumni, friends and family, or staff members polled regarding U-Turn for Christ Kaua'i.

On Google, U-Turn for Christ Kaua’i has received three reviews to date, all of which awarded the program the top five out of five stars. [1] In his comments, Aaron described the facility as “An incredible ministry” and added: “Want to see a life change? Want to breathe new fresh air? Want to live free of bondage? U Turn can show you the door of Hope. The door of Jesus Christ that leads to a whole new life for you, but only if you want it.” And reviewer Cheylea wrote: “My daddys in there and we are very proud of him. Thank you Jesus.”

On its Facebook page, which the organization may manage, the facility received an average of 4.5 out of five stars based on 13 reviews as of this writing. [^2 ] Alum Jeremiah, a top five-star reviewer, noted that “Its up to each individual how much they want to change their life” and added: “The great thing about U-Turn For Christ is that they actually make you feel like a normal human being...not being locked up in a building surrounded by nurses and being treated like you're in a mental asylum.” Kahiwa, another five-star reviewer, credited the program’s success to its faith-based approach: “Trusting in God and his strength puts everything into focus. It’s a hard program, but with perseverance and strength that God provides we are able to overcome.”

Five-star reviewer Ceci on Facebook wrote: “Thank you Lord for using U-Turn for Christ Kauai in so many lives to change the legacies of families!,” confirmed by five-star reviewer and parent Lashley, who considered the program: "The best thing I ever did for my son.” Yet alum Chris gave U-Turn for Christ Kaua’i a one-star rating and wrote that facility staff allowed clients to cheat on drug tests: “There's a handful of guys from that program even ones that graduated because they followed the rules and kept their drug use hush hush with there fake piss you can buy in kapaa.”


Phase One requires a nonrefundable donation of $3,400 ($3,450 if paid by Visa or MasterCard,) which covers room, board, and treatment services for the first 60 days. In Phase Two, residents work and pay their own room and board (usually $600/month); families are advised not to provide financial assistance.

[1] http://goo.gl/FKMhyz
[2] https://www.facebook.com/pg/UTurnForChristKauai/reviews/?ref=page_internal

Published on January 2018

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