At age thirteen Stan Jumawan, Jr. started smoking marijuana – with his mother. Jumawan’s life sounds almost too horrid to be true. With his mother dealing marijuana and his father dealing cocaine, drugs and alcohol were nearly as accessible to him as a glass of water.
Following the example of his parents and peers, Jumawan started smoking and dealing marijuana in the fifth grade…
A year later he began smoking crystal methamphetamine (ice) and drinking alcohol. “All my whole family was into dealing drugs when I was growing up. That’s all I was around,” Jumawan said. He also said that he started stealing weed and selling it to help him pay for lunch, nice clothes, and bus fare.
His addiction led to crime at an early age. By the eighth grade, Jumawan began stealing cars with older friends. “My friends was older than me. So whatever they was doing, I was following,” Jumawan said. “I was into taking parts, taking rims, carborators.” Jumawan said that once they were through with the cars they would burn them and leave them on the side of the road.
Another major event occurred during Jumawan’s eighth grade year – he nearly died from cardiac arrest due to smoking too much cocaine. However, he continued on in his drug and alcoholic lifestyle.
His life of drugs and crime caused him to be in and out of Ko’olau Boys Home throughout the rest of his intermediate and high school years. However, Ko’olau Boys home hindered rather than helped his young life. “Once I came out of boys home, I was more worse because when I went boys home I knew people from Waianae, Waimanalo, Kailua, North Shore,” Jumawan said. He continued, “When you get sent to one bad place where everybody supposed to be bad, that’s the kind friends you goin’ hook up with.”
He said that he could stay with them whenever he was in trouble with the law. He also mentioned that if he was wanted for some little crime he did in Kahalu’u, then he could stay with a friend in Waimanalo or Waianae.
They also helped each other with crime. Some boys burglarized houses and then traded the stolen goods with Jumawan for drugs. Jumawan acquired many of his firearms in this manner.
During his tenth and eleventh grade years, his life was engrossed in criminal activities. Jumawan said that he was involved in shootings, robberies and “crazy things that people only see on TV.”
In his senior year of high school, he assaulted a man who owed him $930 for drugs and was convicted as an adult. “When my class was graduating I was in Halawa (jail) getting ready for be shipped to the mainland,” Jumawan said.
Jumawan remained in jail for the next six years and eleven months of his life. Many of his friends from the boys’ home were already in jail getting drugs through some of the Adult Correction Officer’s (ACO’s). When Jumawan entered, he joined them.
Throughout the rest of his life he was in jail or out on parole. At one point in time while he was out on parole, he was wanted by the police for three cases of assault from three different islands. He said that he was one of Hawaii’s top ten most wanted criminals.
During this last time in prison, the courts allowed Jumawan to be released on bail under the following two conditions: someone needed vouch for him by letting the courts and authorities know his location if he should break the law and he needed to go straight into a drug treatment program upon his release. “The only program that accepted me was RAM (Rebuilders Addiction’s Ministry),” said Jumawan.
By the time Jumawan entered RAM, he desired to change his lifestyle. “I came to this program with one heart that was broken,” said Jumawan. He also said that this was the first time in his life that he realized he needed help. “Nobody could help me. Only God goin’ help me,” said Jumawan.
RAM has given Jumawan a support system. Jumawan said, in reference to the men in RAM and people from the church that attended his most recent court hearing, “This the first time in my life I ever seen one courtroom full with people there for support me for me.” He continued, “They believe in me. My father never even believed in me.”
Jumawan also said that RAM helped him to trust in God and give his life over to God. “I gave my whole life and my freedom to him [God]. Now everyday, I just pray for strength, wisdom, and guidance. I walking with God and he give me daily blessings everyday. I happy for that,” said Jumawan.
At age 34, Jumawan is eight months clean and continues to move forward with his life. He just got his general excise tax license to start his own second-hand store on the Windward side to help people in need.
He also speaks to the youth at schools and churches about his “hopes, strengths, and experiences.” “I tell them straight up the things that I did and that they no like be in that game. That game is one dead end game.” He also tells them, “Pray to God, God goin’ help you. But before you pray to God you gotta know God and before you know God you gotta give your life to God.”
Jumawan is restoring his relationship with his father. “Me and my father used to fight. We used to like kill each other,” Jumawan said. He also said that his father used to shoot at him with his gun and that Jumawan would “rip up all his (Jumawan’s father) house.” “This the first time in my life that I close with God that me and my father can talk,” said Jumawan.
Through God and RAM, Jumawan’s whole overall philosophy of life changed from selfishness to selflessness. “Before, I cared less about anybody. It was all about me,” said Jumawan. He went on to say, “Now, if anybody ever needed help, I’d give my shirt off my back. I’d give my last dollar.”
Although Jumawan’s life started out on a rough path, Jumawan sees hope for a better future through God. “God is awesome. He allowed me to have a beautiful wife.He works in my life and allows me to be a humble person and take it [life] one day at a time. All I can do is trust in God,” he said.