Bobby‘s story

The center is named after 15 year-old Bobby Benson, who died in 1984 after a short life troubled by drug abuse. 

A Place of Refuge, Help and Hope for More than 25 Years

Bobby Benson Center is a facility dedicated to offering Hawaii's adolescents the assistance they need in overcoming substance abuse.

We firmly believe that our residential program provides a path to a brighter future for those struggling with chemical dependency. We invite you to explore our website and discover what the Bobby Benson Center has to offer -- a place of refuge, help and hope!


Named after 15-year-old Bobby Benson, who died in 1984 after a short life troubled by drug abuse, Bobby Benson Center currently maintains a facility with a licensed 30-bed capacity that includes four separate cottages on a beautiful landscape. The Center's modern residential campus is located in Hawaii on Oahu's beautiful North Shore. It is set within acres of lush tropical paradise, just minutes from pristine beaches. In this tranquil environment, teens and their families are taught the skills needed to promote a full and lasting recovery to substance abuse.

The goal of Bobby Benson Center is to return teens to their schools and communities with the skills to remain drug and alcohol free and to mature successfully in today's world.


The Center offers the following services to youth between the ages of 13 and 17, with consideration of the following needs:


Detailed assessment of needs
Residential treatment
Linking of client to community resources to ensure a successful discharge
Ongoing aftercare support, including relapse prevention groups available to clients and their families for up to three months after discharge from BBC


With a "community of recovery" structure, the emphasis is on a holistic, team approach to therapy in a non-restrictive treatment environment. Education in life skills occurs on a 24-hour basis as the youth interact in this realistic community. Many of the things learned are subsequently transferred to the youth and also to their families.

Program expectations at Bobby Benson Center help youth-at-risk to achieve a clean and sober lifestyle, good mental health, educational services, addiction recovery, and clinical treatment (both psychological and psychiatric). the State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division (ADAD) accredits the program, and the State of Hawaii, Department of Health, Office of Health Care Assurance (OHCA) licenses the facility. A CARF Three-Year Accreditation was awarded to Bobby Benson Center for Residential Treatment: Integrated: AOD/MH (Children and Adolescents).

Contact us via email at our "contact page" or call our office directly at 808-293-7555. (For neighbor islands, call toll-free at 877-393-7555).

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Bobby Benson Center

56-660 Kamehameha Hwy.

Kahuku, Hawaiʻi 96731


Serving Hawaiʻiʻs youth for more than thirty years