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Sep 07, 2016

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Our office managers spent 2 days at kīpuka Leihano attending a workshop and retreat. The 1st day of workshops consisted of customer service and organizational core values presentations hosted by Ku`ulani Keohokalole and Ann-Marie Fernandez. The 2nd day was spent painting beautiful Koi fish on canvases which represented  “Hoʻomoe wai kāhi ke kāoʻo” - traveling together like water flowing in one direction.

Mahalo to Kuʻulani Keohokalole and Ann-Marie Fernandez for hosting the workshops and Loke Glackin for accomodating their stay. (April 2017)

Some people teach hula, some make leis, others ... shred skirts and iron costumes! Mahalo nui to all the staff that helped behind the scenes at Ka ʻŌpua Haʻa I Ka Mālie Dance Explorations Program. (March 2017)


Mahalo to Mercedes, Amy, Jun-Romeo and Sherine, our awesome HR staff, for treating all kīpuka to some delicious donuts, cupcakes and pizza in honor of national professional social work month. (March 2017)

After his own experience growing up in poverty, Duncan Campbell used his successes in the timber industry to create Friends of the Children in 1993 in Portland, Oregon.  Friends of the Children provides the most vulnerable children a nurturing and sustained relationship with a professional and paid mentor who teaches positive values and has attainable expectations for each child to become a healthy and productive member of the community.  Pictured (from left to right): Kahele, Kelly Anne, Duncan, Roimata, Summer & Kanoe.  (February 2017)

Check out Dean’s sweet ride, a 1971 Nissan Skyline GT-R, that was featured as “ride of the week” on Honolulu Street Pulse. (February 2017) 

Congratulations to Moani & ʻohana on the arrival of her beautiful new baby girl, Audrey Leihiwanani Daubert. (February 2017)

While visiting the Cook Inlet Tribal Council in Alaska and learning about their program work and outstanding makerspaces, Dawn and Dean found a few moments to channel their inner keiki by making snow angels.  Mahalo to Marty for capturing this fun moment! (February 2017)

Molokaʻi kīpuka staff, reflecting on their personal wellbeing (and laughing about it) as they color in each petal in the Pua Kalaunu framework. The emerging work of Pua Kalaunu and the LT Practice Model were shared to all staff. (February 2017)

After an amazing show at the Concert Hall, Alvin Ailey II dancers Gabriel Hyman, Yazzmeen Laidler, and Martell Ruffin (pictured at bottom, left to right), and artistic director Troy Powell (with Bob, Nalei and LeeAnn in top photo) visited with LT staff and kamaliʻi, sharing about the rigors and the rewards of dancing with the AA II company. It was an inspiring and memorable night for all! (February 2017)

LT staff got down and dirty during their visit to Keahuolū earlier this month. The crew enjoyed each other's company, as well as the beautiful scenery of Keahuolū. (February 2017)

Justin and Mike working hard, inspecting the latest section of Kamakaeha in front of the Kona Judiciary. Nice job, guys! (February 2017)

We were honored to hear from the inspiring and motivating University of Hawaiʻi head football coach, Nick Rolovich. Coach Rolo shared his manaʻo on teaming, leadership, and his overall experience after completing his first year as head coach at UH. Mahalo nui, coach Rolo, and good luck next season! (February 2017)


Mahalo to the Pua Kalaunu Committee, pictured here at their last meeting at Leihano.  The committee’s exceptional work – the Pua Kalaunu diagram and rubric, will move forward to inform the work of the LT Practice Ad Hoc Committee and the Service Criteria Committee so that, organization-wide, we have one way to talk about and assess wellbeing and needs.  (February 2017)

Thanks to our awesome admin team, Moani's surprise baby shower was a success! We can't wait to meet the newest edition to the Daubert and LT families. (February 2017)

Kehaulani Padilla, LSW of Kīpuka Koʻolau Poko, presenting at the Hawaii NASW conference on "Instigating Family and Social Change through Community Cooperatives: The Story of the Waimanalo Market Co-op."  (January 2017)

LT staff gathered to celebrate and bid farewell to Mike Walsh upon his retirement, and mahalo him for all he has done throughout his outstanding career with two aliʻi trusts for almost 30 years.  Mahalo nui, Mike, and happy retirement!   (January 2017)

Ferraro Choi, architect and interior designer for our Liliʻuonamoku 8th floor office space, has won the Kimball Office 2016 Design Competition "Design Down Under" for our office! Congratulations to Ferraro Choi, lead designer Kurt Katada, and his fabulous team. Mahalo for our cheerful workplace. (January 2017)

Enjoying a romp on LT’s swings are Rachel Thorburn, Child Welfare Services (CWS) acting program development administrator and Caz Monoyama, CWS cultural specialist.  Joining the merry duo at Liliʻuonamoku was Heide Lilo, quality assurance project director of the Hawaii Child Welfare Continuous Quality Improvement Project at University of Hawaiʻi.  Today’s meeting topic: sharing data about the disproportionality of Native Hawaiian youth in the CWS system and seeking collaborative opportunities. (January 2017)




Evaluation 101 with our ʻohana services team leads, special project managers, and strategy leads. This was the second of a six-series course to build evaluation thinking and capacity. Who said evaluation can't be fun! (January 2017)

Happy birthday ... to our fearless leader.  May your dreams come true! 

(January 2017)

It's Ugly Sweater Day at Liliʻuonamoku! Meagan, Mike, and Tiare get festive for the holidays. (December 2016)






Mele Kalikimaka to Ashley and the Flynn ʻohana, and congratulations on their new arrival, Leila Noel.

(December 2016)





The Koʻolau Poko ʻOhana Caretakers group got into the holiday spirit by each painting a snowman.  It was a family activity.  What fun for all! (December 2016)

LT staff supporting Roimata Mozo at the world premiere of her film “Transcend: The Jon Mozo Story” at the Hawaii International Film Festival. (November 2016)




Rob Robinson (left), general manager for the Pacific Beach Hotel, gives Mike Walsh, LT chief financial officer, a peek at extensive renovations of the new hotel entrance and lobby.

(November 2016)




Liliʻuonamoku staff were treated to a very special guest speaker at this week's meeting.  Head coach Laura Beeman of the Rainbow Wahine Basketball team shared her inspiring words and excitement for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Mahalo to Coach Beeman for joining us this week ... GO BOWS!! (October 2016)


Our awesome staff at the Kauaʻi kīpuka got into the Halloween spirit with their scary face masks. (October 2016)



On October 29, 2016, Na Kama Kai held their 5th annual Pa`akai fundraising gala at the Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Na Kama Kai is a non-profit, ocean-based agency that provides free ocean awareness clinics throughout the state. The organization was founded by Makaha-boy/St. Louis grad/pro-surfer Duane DeSoto and their mission is to create stewards of the ocean. Cathy, Christy, Sharon, and Kauʻi shared a table with former Governor Neil Abercrombie and retired Judge Mike Town. The evening was hosted by News Anchor Keahi Tucker and highlighted the group’s efforts throughout the year. Surf’s up, Na Kama Kai! (October 2016)

Our lovely staff had the oppourtunity to attend the Myron B Thompson School of Social Work's 80th Anniversary Dinner. Pictured are (bottom row from left to right) Nasi, Nicole, Trustee Asam, and Haley; (top row from left to right) Kaʻaiʻai, Leni, Yuki, Joy, Iris, Stephen, Melody, and Sharon. (October 2016)

The Na Leo Pulapula opio of Kīpuka Haleʻaha hosted the "Na Lei O Makalapua" event this month. The event gave the opio an opportunity to connect with one another and give back, all while practicing their leadership skills. Opio spent their time learning ancient moʻolelo, creating skits, making Hawaiian crafts, working at Heeia Fishpond and, to top it off, enjoying a mini concert by Josh Tatofi. (October 2016)

While at the Neil Simon Theater in New York, Dawn, Nālei, and Nasi snapped a picture with Old Deuteronomy from the musical CATS. (October 2016)

LT staff at the Hoʻola Na Pua fundraiser to spread awareness about sex trafficking and inform people about their mission, at the beautiful Koʻolau Ballroom.  Pictured are David, Kahele, Sharon, Kristi, Leialoha, Kanoe; and Shelly, Rowena and Nālei in the back row.  (October 2016)


The Koʻolau Poko ʻOhana Caretakers enjoyed a fun filled weekend with our kamaliʻi at a Kaʻaʻawa country home. Many exciting activities were set up for the keiki, including a hula hoop and tug of war contest, flying wood airplanes, riding kayaks, collecting rocks, and swimming in the ocean.

A delicious lunch of hotdogs, hamburgers, and yummy fruits and veggies were prepared by Uncle Colin and Uncle Steve. And as if the day couldn’t get better…everyone devoured some refreshing shaved ice.  Needless to say, the keiki were very happy and so were their ʻopu. (October 2016)


The Kīpuka Kona kamaliʻi, along with chairman Kaulukukui, share in the celebration of the Queen's Birthday. (October 2016)


Awesome picture of our beautiful Queen, Trustee Yim, and ʻōpio, Thys Clawson, at Kīpuka Windward celebration of the Queenʻs birthday. (September 2016)


Our very own Kanoe Enos, along with friends Kaipo Kukahiko (left) and Kihei Nahalea (right) enjoying some Kanikapila and serenading the crowd at the Richardson School of Lawʻs annual fundraiser. (September 2016)


Theresa Ahuna-Turqueza, a Kamehameha School student living on Lāna`i, wrote “A Poem for the Queen” to honor Liliʻuokalani on her 178th birthday.  Hauʻoli lā hānau, Queen Liliʻuokalani, and mahalo nui, Theresa!  (September 2016)

A Poem for the Queen

Eia kekahi mele e pili ana iā Liliʻuokalani

She was the last monarch of Hawaiʻi

Ua ikaika ‘o ia. Ua makemake ‘o ia e hoʻomalu i nā kanaka o Hawaiʻi

She stood tall when they locked her away in her room at ʻIolani Palace

Ua haku ʻo ia i nā mele no ke aloha no nā poʻe Hawaiʻi

They overthrew the Hawaiian Kingdom after taking OUR queen prisoner

But instead she said, “I could not turn back the time for the political change but there is still time to save our heritage.”

He moʻi wahine ʻo ia a ua aloha ʻo ia i kona mau makaʻāinana

E ‘ōlelo ana kākou e pili ana ko kākou kuamo’o ‘ōlelo

No laila haʻi wau i kēia mele no Liliʻuokalani a mahele hoʻomakaʻāina wau iā ʻoukou

CELEBRITY SIGHTING CONTEST continues:  Mariska Hargitay (aka Olivia Benson on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit) with Pālama and Jamee Miller.  Hargitay hosted her Joyful Heart Foundation's preview of the NO MORE Public Service Announcement (PSA) Campaign to be aired in October, at Ed Kenney's Mud Hen Water.  Gee, Pālama ... you're looking pretty celebrity-like yourself!  (September 2016)

Hālau Kū Māna Public Charter School celebrated the Queen’s birthday a day early with hoʻokupu of oli and hula at Maunaʻala.  Wonderful to see Hawaiian ʻōpio paying tribute to their aliʻi.  Maikaʻi wale nō Hālau Kū Māna!   (September  2016)


Aloha, Keiki, and mahalo nui for your great work and many contributions to us all -- we will miss you, and are certain your future looks very bright indeed! 

Take a look at the iMovie Keiki created about her experience as a trust intern and presented to staff at her farewell luncheon today.                                                                                                         (August 2016)

Vernon Viernes of LT Honolulu (top left) poses with a volunteer group from Bloomingdales who worked at Liliʻuokalani Gardens' "Stream Clean Up" this past weekend.  At the request of Honolulu Botanical Gardens, Vernon has been giving talks to volunteers about the Queen, her gardens and the trust at the monthly community cleanups.  (August 2016)

This year Aloha United Way launched a promotion called “Random Acts of Aloha”, which is an opportunity for them to thank businesses that have shown constant support for their campaign. The Liliʻuonamoku staff were selected for the Random Acts of Aloha and were fortunate to receive a sweet treat as a thank you. Mahalo AUW for our yummy Jamba Juice! (August 2016)

The ‘Aha Kāne Maui Unit, led by Eliot Reinhardt and Mitch Kepa, had the opportunity to meet with positive male role models who work to make our community a better place.  This summer, ʻōpio were able to meet with Lieutenant Governor Shan Tsutsui and Maui Police Chief Tivoli Faaumu.  Before the meeting, the ʻōpio greeted the lieutenant governor in the Maui Unit parking lot with a haʻa.

Lt. Governor Tsutsui implored the ʻōpio to never give up on their dreams and to stay positive. He even brought gifts just in time for the new school year!  Police Chief Faaumu encouraged our ʻōpio to be humble, do well in school, and be of service to others.  Hoʻomaikaʻi to the ʻōpio who participated in this group and mahalo to the guests who shared their insightful manaʻo. (July 2016)

Mahalo to Iris Mountcastle for this update.

The Koʻolau Poko unit had a fun time with the folks from Create a Canvas.  It was an acitivity for their `ohana caretakers and their keiki.  Following the instructions and demonstration by Andrea James, a high school art teacher, 30 of the participants created masterpieces!  The children were excited and eager. The caretakers, most of whom had never painted in their lives, really got into it.  As the saying goes, “A good time was had by all.” (July 2016)

Liliʻuonāmoku staff were treated to a performance by Kulana Mua o nā Kane.  This group of young men, led by Ikaika Lindo and Vernon Viernes, performed several oli, mele, and hula, as a final presentation of what they learned throughout their summer program.  They even presented our trustees with a kōnane board that they made themselves! Mahalo e nā ʻōpio for the wonderful performance, you should all be very proud of yourselves! (July 2016)

Inspired by Queen Liliʻukalaniʻs love for gardens, Na ʻŌpiopio Lama a Liliʻu (The Enlightened Children of Lili’u, Kauai Unit) visited Kauai’s National Tropical Botanical Gardens (NTBG), which hosted a unique traveling exhibit “Nature Connects:  Art with Lego Bricks.”

This exhibit featured 14 nature-themed sculptures, each using an average of 28,000 Lego pieces!  The NTBG has many educational programs for those interested in working with plants in various ways and in careers such as horticulture, botany, and conservation. There is even a Native Hawaiian garden with medicinal plants used for lāʻau lapaʻau.

The NTBG is a popular destination for tourists, however, this is not the case for our Native Hawaiian families.  Barriers such as cost, lack of time, and disinterest prevent our youth to explore their own Kauai nei.  But thanks to the generosity of Queen Liliʻuokalani, a few of our ʻōpio were able to enjoy this experience and gain a greater sense of ʻāina. (July 2016) 

Hoʻomaikaʻi Jazmin! Congratulations on the successful completion of your six-week internship here at Liliʻuonāmoku.  Mahalo for your wonderful presentation on everything youʻve learned while helping with Slippah Camp and Macbook Rollouts.  We appreciate all of your hard work and will miss you very much! A hui hou!

On July 1st, we celebrated the opening of our new Leihano office space, located in Kapolei.  This new office space will serve as a satellite location of Lili’uonāmoku, and as a space for staff to collaborate and meet with keiki, families, and members of the community in the greater area.  The office area is complete with staff workstations, a large and open community room, several smaller collaboration corners, and a kitchen.

Mahalo to everyone who made this new facility possible, from the purchasing and renovation of the building to the paint on the walls, and everything in between.  Special thanks to Sunnie and Maka for the beautiful blessing, and for always making sure that we remain culturally and spiritually mindful in all the transitions taking place. (July 2016)

Slippah Campers Naʻauao Vivas and Morgan Leleiwi display the first pastries ever baked at our Capitol Place apartment.  LeeAnn and Barbara volunteered to be the designated taste testers and they approve! Great job Naʻauao, you are officially dubbed "Braddah Crocker!" (June 2016)

Slippah Camp is well underway! Here are a few photos of this week's participants working, learning, and having fun! (June 2016)

Kau'i Arce (Wai'anae Coast children's center) and several of our beneficiaries had the amazing experience witnessing the Hōkūleʻa sail into Manhattan, a stop along its Mālama Honua Voyage around the world.  Thousands of people gathered to welcome the Hōkūleʻa, and Kauʻi and her group were some of the select few to be allowed on board! (June 2016)

On June 3rd, our Alakea staff was joined by Kahu Ken Makuakane in blessing the 8th floor, the most recent addition to our downtown Honolulu home. This new office area, in conjunction with the 11th floor, is now officially “Liliʻuonāmoku.”  Mahalo to Maka Feliciano and everyone who made this possible!  (June 2016)

Self-Efficacy team members Likeke Teanio, Nasi Feinga, Melody Lopez, and Kekama Helm -- ready for their morning meeting after a restful night stay at the QLT Apartment! (May 2016)

Congratulations to Keahuolū descendant Nicole Keaka Lui who graduated from Pālamanui this past Saturday, in the first graduating class at that campus!  (May 2016)

LeeAnn Crabbe, Bob Ozaki, Mike Shibata, and Nālei Akina (l-r) stopped for a few silly photos on their Hershey's School Tour.  Doesn't some chocolate sound good right about now??  (May 2016)

Wishing one last congratulation to evaluation managers, Shelly Tokunaga-May and Leialoha Benson, as well as Nasi Feinga of our Ko'olaupoku Unit, on their graduating from USC Rossier School of Education. We are honored to have you three doctors in the house! (May 2016)

Introducing... Dr. Leialoha Benson! Congratulations on your huge accomplishment! (May 2016)


Yay for Shelly, who defended her dissertation today! Congratulations, Dr. Tokunaga-May.  So proud of you!  (April 2016)

Palama Lee and Shelly Tokunaga-May with the youth participants of the Chicago Good Life Alliance. (April 2016)

Several staff members stopping for a photo before their tour of the Jane Addams Hull House Museum in Chicago! (April 2016)

Beneficiaries from our Waianae Children’s Center mingled with the UH Rainbow Wahine basketball team off the court at their Annual Awards Banquet at the Ala Moana Hotel.  Seven of our young women were hosted by the 2015 "Rainbow Wahine of the Year” and former QLT summer intern Shawna-Lei Kuehu, and Destiny King, winner of this year’s Ah Chew Goo Achievement Award for basketball excellence through dedication, determination, and perseverance.  “Our young women were so inspired by the accomplishments of the team,” said Children’s Center social worker Sunnie Makua.  “They walked away with a twinkle in their eyes and hope in their hearts for their own futures.”  (April 2016)

JUST MARRIED!! Oh, so happy for Maka (Waiʻanae Children's Center) & Pīkake Feliciano and their ʻohana, who snuck off for a fun-filled family trip following an intimate wedding ceremony.  Love and kisses forever!              (March 2016)

Back at the office … End of UH Men’s basketball vs. Cal Bears.  It's been 14 years since UH has gone to the Big Dance, and program’s first-ever victory in the NCAA tournament.  Goooooooo ‘Bows!!!  (March 2016)

Left: LeeAnn, Justin and Kehau with Craft Brew Alliance CEO Andy Thomas.  Right: LeeAnn, Mattson Davis, Cameron Healy, and Spoon Khalsa of Kona Brew ... at the ground breaking for Kona Brew’s new brewing and canning operation on Trust land at Keahuolū.  (March 2016)

Some kinda fun at the NASW Dinner.   (March 2016)

At the Joyful Heart Foundation's Talk Story Session on Men, Sports Culture & Gener Violence:  Palama Lee, QLT; Kevin Wong, beach volleyball Olympian; Mark Herzlich, NY Giants Linebacker; and Mahea Miller, Kamehameha Schools.  (March 2016)

Kanoe, Summer, Palama, Shelly, Leialoha and Maka stop for a photo on their way to the State Archives, to research the Queen's words and stories when she executed her will ... in support of our emerging Theory of Change.  (February 2016)




Kelly Ann, Cynthia, and Palama ... prepping for the QLT Five-Year Service Awards luncheon later this year.   "World Peace!"                   (February 2016)

Aloha Kalikimaka!

Trustees and Trust staff celebrated the holidays with an ʻono lunch together, enjoying amazing kani ka pila with Lyle and Justin, beautiful hula dancing by Ann-Marie and Kuʻulani, and a surprise shower for Mana’s new baby.  Team competition, this time for “best decorated onesie” was fierce as usual.  The winners – chosen by Mana and (not so) coincidentally also “his” table peeps at lunch – were smug as ever.  A festive and fun time was had by all!

 Happy holidays, from our ‘ohana to yours! (December 2015)

A typical day in our Trust office?  With the holidays approaching, looks like some of us are handling the stress a little better than others.  (December 2015)

Congratulations to Elise Kanegawa, investment associate at the Trust, who was recognized at the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) Hawaii holiday party for passing the Claritas Investment Certificate exam in September 2014.

This was the first year CFA Hawaii recognized Claritas Investment Certificate holders – in addition to new charter holders, new candidates, and those who passed a level of the CFA exam – and while it is still being confirmed, it appears Elise is the first in the State to pass! 

The Claritas program covers the essentials of finance, ethics, and investment roles, and provides an understanding of the global investment industry.  Started two years ago, there were 6,500 certificate holders as of June.   (December 2015)

Photo (l-r): Paul Smith, CFA Institute president & chief executive officer; Elise Kanegawa; M’Liss Hualani Moore, Kamehameha Schools investment director; Aaron Low, CFA Institute immediate past chair of board of governors



Mana and Chelsea had a beautiful, healthy baby boy today!  We are OH SO excited to meet their new bundle of joy – and can hardly stand the wait!  Congratulations to the Purdy ʻohana. 

With lots of love, from your QLT peeps.

(December 2015)


QLT was honored to have Celia Roady lead a staff workshop on private operating foundations (POF).  We looked at what it means to be a POF (as QLT is), its advantages and limitations, discussed several POF case studies, and overall learned a LOT!  “Celia is very impressive and on-point!” said Mike Walsh, QLT vice president and chief financial officer. 

Celia is a partner at Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP, a law firm in Washington D.C.  She counsels tax-exempt organizations on tax and governance issues, and regularly advises private foundations and public charities on operational and programmatic issues, including the structuring of complex grants, program-related investments, joint ventures and collaboration arrangements. 

 Mahalo nui loa, Celia.  Ā hui hou! (November 2015)



Childrenʻs Center managers and staff bid farewell and aloha to Shelly, Palama and Leialoha at their last meeting together ... before their big transition to the Trust office on October 1 to begin work on strategic planning and evaluation.  Good news:  they're not going far!   (October 2015)

Our friends from Cambridge Associates were back in town for a second quarter update on the trust's investment portfolio.  That’s Joe, Will and Lauren of Cambridge’s Palo Alto office, together with some of the QLT team:  Dawn, Elise, Ashley, Justin and Mike. 

Too bad the threat of an impending hurricane forced avid swimmer Joe to cancel his swim from Maui to Molokai.  Some of us were looking forward to joining him on the escort boat!  (September  2015)

At her farewell lunch with staff and family, Anela shared about her experience as QLT’s 2015 summer intern and all she’d learned.  We will miss her as she returns to school to complete her studies at UH Mānoa.  Aloha, Anela -- ā hui hou!   (August 2015)




All in the ‘ohana. …  Anela Summers and Nicola Wales Wong, QLT summer intern and admin assistant respectively, pose for an inflight selfie with flight attendant Kat Ahuna, sister of QLT VP Dawn Harflinger.  Anela and Nicola flew to Kona for a land tour of trust properties there.   (July 2015)


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