Ka Hale Pomaika’i ~ Executive Board
 
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The quality of service is supported through our Board of Director’s vast experience and personal commitment. Ka Hale Pomaika’i began as a grass-roots movement in 1996 and became incorporated in 2001. We have spent years working within the community to develop a local consensus around the appropriate strategy for addressing the plague of addiction to alcohol and other drugs on the island of Moloka’i.
 
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The Chairperson of Ka Hale Pomaika’i is Pualani Akaka, MA (pictured above).  She is a National Board Certified public school teacher with 27 years experience, now retired.  Pualani lives on Moloka’i, both her children were born at Moloka’i General Hospital.  She currently cares for her mo’opuna and volunteers in her church community.  She is a member of the allies in recovery movement as a concerned family member. She is the daughter of the highly respected late Kahu and Mrs. Abraham Akaka and oversees the archival work of the Rev. Abraham Akaka Foundation. She enjoys attending reading, making energy bars, singing along with playing the autoharp and ukeulele (not at the same time).
 
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The Recording Secretary/Treasurer is April Kealoha.  She is a paralegal employed by the Legal Aid Society who also serves as a Community Navigator. April Kealoha (pictured above) has been an active member of the Moloka’i community as a renowned Kumu Hula (Director and choreographer of a large Hula Halau). She and her husband are full time Taro, plant and animal farmers and successfully market their crops to large-scale events like the Hula Bowl football play-off. April has been active with KHP since 1996 and was an original founding Board member. She is the mother of two daughters and actively coordinates some of the largest fund raisers for their local elementary school. She is also active in her church.
 
 
Uluwehi Sai (not pictured above yet) is a Director
 
 
Mary Hoffman (not pictured above yet) is a Director.
 
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Wendell De Freitas (pictured above) is a Director.  He is a well known veteran’s affairs advocate and retired Honolulu Fire Captain. As a Viet Nam veteran,  learned business skills while in the military. He is now a successful property owner, managing and owning multiple residences that he rents. In the 1970’s, he was one of the members of the first crews of the Hokule’a, an open-ocean voyaging canoe which Hawaiians replicated after the ancient models that first carried Polynesians to and from islands. He has served KHP for many years.

Na Kupuna: Our Wise Elders, Spiritual and Cultural Advisers.

Dedicated and Beloved Kupuna from 1996-2010
She is truly missed.
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Our senior Kupuna of Ka Hale Pomaika’i, Luana Hamakua has left our earthly home to be with her Higher Power . She devoted much of her life since she retired from working with the Department of Education to the Hawaiian practice of conflict resolution called Ho’opono’pono. Aunty Luana was a Kupuna for the clients and staff of Ka Hale Pomaika’i. She was a skilled Native Hawaiian healer referred to as a La’au Lapa’au. She used many Native traditional plants and methods for medicine. Her experience in these areas took her internationally as part of cultural exchange programs. She was with KHP since its beginning.
 
Dedicated and Beloved Kupuna
They are truly missed.
 
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Our Local Mana’e Kupuna was Uncle Damien Place (pictured above), and his wife Aunty Marie Place (pictured below). They were married over 50 years and were practitioners of La’au Lapa’au. Uncle Damien retired from cattle ranching and remained very active in local current affairs of the Island. He raised livestock and did welding. He and Aunty Marie provided invaluable help with all KHP activities as they resided right across the street!
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Aunty Marie was a mother of 9 with many grand and great-grand children. She was very skilled in the Hawaiian art and spiritual practice of La’au Lapa’au native healing. She was a strong leader for the Mana’e community on Moloka’i.  She was the Po’okela for Kukui Kalani ‘o’ Lani’kaula,  an ancient 800 year old Kukui grove.
 
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Our Kupuna provided Cultural Education and Guidance for Clients.

Our Dedicated Staff

 
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Executive Director – Administratively, Ka Hale Pomaika’i has secured Shari R. Lynn (pictured above with Wini the recovery dog) as Executive Director and clinical supervisor. Ms. Lynn is in long-term recovery (1987) and has been serving KHP since its inception in 1996. She first served as a volunteer and later in 2002 became staff. She holds a Master’s Degree (M.Ed.) from the University of Hawai’i- Manoa, secondary education license, is an internationally and locally Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC/ICDAC), Certified Prevention Specialist ( CPS), Certified Clinical Supervisor (CCS), Certified Transition planning Specialist (CTS) Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Professional (CCJAP) and a Certified Substance Abuse Program Administrator. She has extensive training in her career as a psychotherapist in the areas of sexual abuse/assault/offense, family dynamics, reactive attachment disorder, and addictions. Since 1995 she serves as the local responder for suicide crisis intervention on Moloka’i. Shari is a mother and grandmother of 4 mo’opuna.  Her ohana resides on Moloka’i, O’ahu and the Big Island.  She enjoys her family, Welsh Corgi, her farm and the ocean.
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Recovery Partners deliver outreach services to people who desire support to gain or maintain sobriety. Recovery Partner Frank Lawelawe (pictured above) is a Native Hawaiian man in long-term recovery. He has participated in many youth under aged drinking projects. Frank facilitates recovery support groups and provides local-style outreach. He is a peer support mentor for adult men in early recovery. Frank is active in his church and is the father of 6 children on Moloka’i. He is the Motivational Enhancement Outreach staff at Ka Hale Pomaika’i and provides much of the transportation for the participants.
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 Counselor Tim O’Shaughnessy (pictured above with “Lana” the recovery dog…R.I.P.) has been active in his recovery since 1987.  Tim is a long time surf board maker and artist. He currently serves as a group and individual counselor for Ka Hale Pomaika’i and often takes his groups to the ocean for classes. He also assists with assessments. Tim earned his Certificate in Substance Abuse Counseling from University of Hawai’i in 2000. He provides mentorship to men in early recovery through stand-up paddling while working the 12 steps.

Nancy Poland, BSIS, MBA is the agency’s CFO, HR and IT. She serves as KHP’s full time fiscal officer. She earned her MBA while employed in a top IT position with a national aeronautical corporation. She earned a High Performance Management certificate from Northeastern University in 2007 and completed the LEAD Institute’s Program for High Potential Managers. She has volunteers as the Girl Scout leader for Moloka’i for the last 11 years and is the Treasurer for the Aha’ Kukui Canoe Club on Moloka’i.  She and her extended ‘ohana reside on Moloka’i and own several micro enterprises which offer oceanic tourist activities. She is a wife, mother of four, and grandmother of six.

Amy Alvarez, PUBA is KHP’s Administrative Assistant/Case Manager.  Amy also provides support, education, transportation  and guidance for KHP’s pregnant and parenting women who are in treatment.  She is a mother of 2 and owns her own business on Moloka’i.  Her free time is spent taking care of her pet goats, dog and bunnies as well as assisting her family in their ocean adventure tour company.  She also helps out with her daughter’s jewelry retail business on Moloka’i and O’ahu.   She enjoys snorkeling and traveling.

Wanette  K. Lee, AA, AS, CSAC,  is a KHP Counselor.  She provides both group and individual counseling for those with substance use disorders.  She has a vast amount of clinical and cultural experience in the field.  She has also worked with assisting victims of domestic violence. She was born and raised on Moloka’i.  She is a mother of seven and a grandmother.    She is the full time care provider for her mother in Kaunakakai. In her free time, Wanette enjoys being with family, participating in her church and especially likes her outdoors paniolo activities. 

Sterling D. Kanoa Beair, BA, MA in Marriage and Family Counseling is a KHP Counselor.  He earned his EMT Certification in 2001 and served in the U.S. Army.