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Feb 19, 2020

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Shereen, Chris and teammates were presented with special Covid-10 masks at LT Kauaʻi food distribution in partnership with the Hawaii Food Bank. (April 2020)

Likeke carries bags of food to a car at The Food Basket Ohana Drop.   (April 2020)

LT teammates at the Learning Journey conference in Waikoloa (February 2020)

Lunalilo Home Annual Benefit Lūau
Diane Paloma of The King Lunalilo Trust & Home, Kanilehua Kim from Queen's Health Systems, Claire, and Pālama.  Additional photos:  Agnes w/ Claire, Dawn, Edralyn, and Marty.  (February 2020)

Team R&E celebrates Palama’s well-earned promotion to director of research and evaluation!  (January 2020)

Canopy 2.0, a peer learning group of foundations from across the Pacific Northwest (Hawaiʻi, Oregon, Washington, Alaska) convened on Oʻahu to share updates, experiences and tools on impact investing.  The group’s focus is impact investing for positive social and environmental impacts with financial return.   (January 2020)

As LT's statewide managers and directors complete the 2020 kīpuka regional planning process with Kīpuka Molokaʻi, Kawika, Kelly Anne and Marty send a big mahalo to all team leads for their exceptional work.                  Photo credit:  Palama, represented here by rainbow.  (December 2019)

Juli, Jackson, Dean and Raymond sporting their new duds at Dreamforce. San Francisco. (November 2019)

Dean and Barry. Dreamforce.  (November 2019)

Teammates at Dreamforce 2019 enjoy a garlicky meal at the Stinking Rose in San Francisco. (November 2019)

Solving homelessness together!  The three-hour telethon, presented by Institute for Human Services (IHS) & Hawaiʻi News Now, was broadcast live on K5 and raised over $200,000 in telephone call donations. At Hilton Hawaiian Village. (October 2019)

LT Team Services team built and bonded with bowling on a recent Friday afternoon.  Good fun and ʻono food! (October 2019)

Teammates celebrated National Payroll Week at Liliʻuonamoku with an Ice Cream Social.  A refreshing break on a hot afternoon!  (September 2019)


LT teammates, Maria & Ros from People Operations are getting inspired at the SHRM National Conference in Las Vegas. (June 2019)


Ninety kamaliʻi participated in daily activities of skill and character building with top NBA players like Baron Davis and Matt Barnes, during the LT ʻŌlino Sports Baron Davis Basketball Camp held at the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. Coaches and campers alike were grateful for the experience and are excited for the possibility of an annual LT ʻŌlino Sports Baron Davis Basketball Camp! (June 2019)


LT's executive team visits Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative force behind the magic of Walt Disney theme parks and resorts. This is where imagination and engineering intersect: to dream up, design and build. (June 2019)



Kīpuka Haleʻaha is pleased to announce their first season of Hiamana.  Five families learned the gift of money management through mo'olelo and activities.  All families agreed that the four hours were well spent.  Woohoo!!! (May 2019)



LT Pathway Pavers finished 17th of 90 teams at the annual Hospice Hawaiʻi Hot Pursuit race! Big mahalo to those who contributed to the dollar donations for this fundraising event! Let's get our running shoes ready for the event next year!  (April 2019)


On April 18, R&E hosted a talk-story with Drs. Kaʻopua and Aparicio on Wāhine Talk, a holistic sexual health curriculum for homeless girls and young women.  Wāhine Talk is a program of the Waikiki Health Center's Youth Outreach (YO!) program, a drop-in for homeless and opportunity youth.  (April 2019)



LT Kauaʻi teammates honor  Social Workers for the month of March with a Care Bears themed celebration. (April 2019)


 A baby girl is on the way! Congratulations to LT Teammate Shelly Tokunaga-May! (April 2019)   



LT Youth Development team in the Ballet Hawaii dance studio for Hands-On Training Day with Jonah Moananu, Musical Director, T-Shirt Theatre and Nasha Thomas, Alvin Ailey Dance American Dance Theatre - New York. (March 2019)


Kīpuka Koʻolau Poko celebrated Social Work month and St. Pattyʻs Day on Monday Mach 11, all wearing a shade of green!  Wishing you all a very happy St. Pattyʻs Day and grateful for all the social workers this month!! (March 2019)

LT teammates joined in the Hawaii Arts Alliance celebration honoring Barbara Barnard Smith. In addition to her commitment to and support of the arts, her vision as a professor at the newly formed UH Music Department in 1949 that led to the MA and Ph.D. programs in Ethnomusicology, and her lifetime involvement with youth, Barbara also served as the editor of the Queen’s Songbook. As Leialoha shared at the event on behalf of LT, “Barbara was called to the bedside of her dear friend and colleague, Dorothy Kahananui Gillett, the original editor of the Songbook and was told, ‘I'm leaving the Songbook for you to finish for me.’ With affection for her friend, and a bit of courage, Barbara accepted the responsibility.”  (January 2019)


Kehau, Staci, Kahele, Kelly Anne, Amanda and Lei, with Kumu Auliʻi Mitchell at a private tour of his puppetry exhibition at the East West Center.  (January 2019)



LT People Operations Team get dressed up and decked out to celebrate the Holiday season. (December 2018)


Holiday cheer from LT teammates aboard a trolley for the 70th annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade. Fa la la la la, la la la la! (December 2018) 


Teammates from all kīpuka were represented at a wonderful three-day Kamalama curriculum training last week. Kamalama, literally meaning “the light,” is a values-based positive parenting curriculum that integrates Hawaiian values and beliefs. Mahalo to trainer Venus Rosete-Medeiros; attendees reported they loved the sessions!  (November 2018)


Kamaliʻi from the LT ʻŌlino Arts summer animation camp at the Hawaii International Film Festival Student Showcase. The HIFF event featured their animation shorts video, along with other student works at the Dole Cannery Cinema.  (November 2018)


LT teammates Kauʻi, Jolyn, Cuddles, LeeAnn and Amanda, with Aunty Dolores and MAʻO Organic Farms Executive Director Kukui Maunakea-Forth at the “MAʻO Māʻono: Cultivating a people and place of plenty” annual fundraiser at MAʻO Organic Farms in Waiʻanae.   (October 2018)


Nalei, Dawn, and LeeAnn huddle up with LT iHuddle’s Kevin Carroll and Lakers legend Kobe Bryant at The Aspen Institute Project Play Summit in Washington, D.C.  (October 2018)


The American Planning Association's Hawaiʻi Chapter (APA-HI) bestowed the Distinguished Service Award upon our very own Mike Shibata. He joined APA-HI in 2012 as the co-chair of the program committee. In 2014, he became the chapter treasurer and continues to serve in this role today. The award is given to a member who demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities. Congratulations, Mike! Hūlō! (October 2018)


2018 Service Awardees celebrate their many years of service to LT. Congratulations and mahalo for your deadication to the mission! From L to R: Mana Purdy, Kaʻaiʻai Paglinawan, Kuʻuipo Garrido, Shantel Santiago, Leni English, Gail Murakami, Ikaika Lindo. Not pictured: Kuuipo Julius, Carl Matsunaga, Ginger Fuata, Moon Kauakahi, Pokiʻi Magallanes, Sunnie Makua, Kawai Miller, Georgia Reinhardt    (October 2018)


Team LT (LeeAnn, Shelly, Kanoe, Stephen, Kauʻi, Tim Arce, Vernon, Kainani, Jolyn, Sonny) at the Institute for Human Services 40thAnniversary Celebration and launch of their Prescribing Hope campaign to address the needs for services of our most vulnerable homeless population.  Hilton Hawaiian Village Great Lawn.  (September 2018)


Shelly, Deena, David, Roimata, Marty, Edralyn, and Leialoha – all dressed to the nines! – attend “Pearl Gala Hukilau” in support of Ho’ōla Nā Pua. Four Seasons at Ko Olina.  (September 2018)


Amanda, Cyn, Jackson, Ashley, Carl and Bethany attend Dreamforce 2018 in San Francisco. "We were welcomed as 'Trail Blazers' and told to expect to walk 8 miles a day! We left with sore feet, having literally walked an average of 7.8 miles a day, and BIG DREAMS," said Cyn.   (September 2018)



The Youth Development Tactical Team kicked off their meeting on September 14 with a fun letter press activity. Sam modeled how he integrates his art as a tool for conceptualizing new ideas and knowledge in his work with youth, and provided teammates ways that he can support the Youth Development programs in Kīpuka. (September 2018) 


Strumming away on their custom made ukuleles, kamaliʻi and kumu Kuʻuipo Garrido perform “Liliʻu E”at Maunaʻala in celebration of The Queen's 180th Birthday. (September 2018) 


LT Trustees, teammates, kamaliʻi and ʻohana drape purple crown flower lei over the Queen Liliʻuokalani statue for Aliʻi Sunday. (August 2018) 


LT teammates attended Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii “Walk in the Country” fundraiser at Lanikuhonua. (August 2018)


LT teammates score a strike at the Bowling with the Bows fundraiser to support UH athletics, Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Women's Basketball. (July 2018)


Summer and David, LT teammates, visit Washington DC for the Coalition for Juvenile Justice Annual Conference. "One of the conference days is set aside for state teams to meet with their congressional members to discuss juvenile justice issues/challenges," said David.  The others in the photo are Senator Mazie Hirono and members of the State of Hawaii's Juvenile Justice State Advisory Council. Summer and David were invited to be part of the group based on LT’s work and advocacy in the juvenile justice arena. (July 2018)

LT teammates visit ʻŌlino Performing Arts Camp and take a moment to smile for the camera with breakdancer and dance teacher, Ana "Rockafella" Garcia. (July 2018)


The Creative Media Camp group breaks for a group shot. See them Roar! (June 2018)

Joy and Jeannette helped the Food Basket with a food drive for our families affected by the lava flow.  "We were happy to help and the results were truly amazing. Our LT van was filled with bags of rice, and assorted groceries including non perishables, fresh fruits, vegetables and dog food.  Imua Puna!  (June 2018)


LT kamaliʻi along with other participating opio, gather to snap a photo before the first volleyball practice of the summer. Mahalo to Barney Choy and Na Keiki Mau Loa staff for helping to make our sports league dreams into a reality. (June 2018)

Pau hana at the Hukilau. LT friends celebrate with Kuʻu as she transitions to her next chapter. Aloha ‘oe, Kuʻu – we’re gonna miss you. (May 2018)

Nalei, Dawn, Mahina and LeeAnn, with PJ and Tony Wagner (author & expert in residence at Harvard University’s Innovation Lab) ... on “Golden Pond.” (May 2018)

Bob, Dawn, Nalei and LeeAnn with Renee Fleming, one of the stars of Carousel at Imperial Theater New York City. (May 2018)

Congratulations to Mana Purdy and ʻohana on the arrival of their new baby girl, Loea, born April 30 at 4:53am. She weighed in at 6 lbs and 6.4 ounces and measured 18.5 inches. Mama Chelsea and baby Loea are healthy and happy -- as is big brother Laʻiku!  (April 2018)

As part of National Volunteer Month, LT staff helped to make ti leaf lei for Memorial Day ceremonies. (April 2018)

Kīpuka Liliʻuonamoku and Kona staff enjoyed some sun -- and lots of hard work -- on their Keahuolū land tour. The city slickers were tired and sore for days! (April 2018)

LT staff at Code, Culture, No Cutlery, a fundraiser to benefit Purple Maiʻa. It was a beautiful day in Waimanalo. (April 2018)

T'was a blue day at Liliʻuonamoku! Teammates donned their blue on Wear Blue Day in support of child abuse prevention efforts and Child Abuse Prevention Hawaii. (April 2018)

Liliʻuonamoku staff were honored to welcome the talented Dez Soliven and family. Dez is a former kamaliʻi of LT and has humbly volunteered to give back, and share his wonderful hiphop talents with our Haleʻaha kamaliʻi as part of their exploratory arts program beginning this month. (April 2018)

Kīpuka Kauaʻi got in the spirit and celebrated their SUPER social workers on World Social Work day. (March 2018)

SMILE! Loke and Moani pause for a photo op, donning their complimentary black & white outfits -- with matching accessories! (March 2018) 

Liliʻuonamoku execs and Kīpuka Hilo staff take a break from their update session for a photo op in front of Hilo's new portrait of the Queen. (February 2018)

LT trustees and various staff spent an afternoon at the annual benefit lūʻau for Lunalilo Home, honoring King Lunalilo and his mission to serve our kūpuna. The air was filled with much aloha as they walaʻau while sharing delicious meaʻai. (February 2018)

Drop and give me 10!! Loke and Susie took a break from their busy day to get in their wellness push-ups. (February 2018)

Nalei, Jackson, Raymond, Cyn and Dawn, enjoying the sights in Vegas while attending the IT conference. (January 2018)

LT staff along with our friends from Singularity University, pose for a quick photo -- bringing the inspiring Exponential Leadership conference to an exciting end. (December 2017)

Mahalo to our friends at Singularity University for spending the time with us at the Exponential Leadership Conference. What an inspiring way to bring in the new year! (From left to right: Brian Ferguson, Kunal Sood, Barry Brown, David Roberts). (December 2017)

2013 interns, Kainalu Pitoy and Kawena Paez, joined by communications associate (and former intern) Keiki Carlos, were all in attendance at the Exponential Leadership Conference. (December 2017)

Mālama ʻĀina is held once a month on the Queen's ʻāina at Keahuolū. We mālama the Historic Preserve, removing invasive plants, and clear vegetation and mud from the ponds at Halepaʻo. Our ʻōpio group and their parents, community groups like Men of Paʻa from Puna and Salvation Army's Ke Kama Pono group, and both Namahana and Kona Kīpuka staff have been regular participants. All are welcome to kōkua, have lunch and swim after the hard work is done. (December 2017)

A couple pictures of the "King Tide" impact on our Halepaʻo shoreline at Keahuolū. King tides are super high tides that occur during certain times of the year, but are becoming an almost regular occurrence as a result of global warming/climate change. (2017)


Nalei and Keiki pose with archivists Adam Jansen and Ron Williams Jr. on a recent tour of our Hawaii State Archives, which houses among many (many!) more records and photographs, the Liliʻuokalani Trust collection -- and a little piece of the moon! (December 2017)

Merry Christmas! 

With love, from the Strategy Team (with our families and the UH Rainbow Dancers at the UH-BYU Football game!  (November 2017)

Mālama ʻĀina finished the year with an ʻohana-planned pāʻina at Kuala’s Secret Island. Families enjoyed a fun-filled day of sun and swimming at the private beach park, along with kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and a lunch buffet. It was a great way to celebrate friendships made and wrap up Mālama ‘Āina for 2017!       (November 2017)

The Family Strengthening group Imua Na Hawaiʻi from Kīpuka Haleʻaha celebrated their closing paʻina on November 14, 2017. Lead worker, Kuʻuipo Garrido, graduated six families into the ukulele making ʻohana. This program is a kākoʻo effort with Haleʻiwa Cultural Learning Center who volunteer ukulele makig talent and manaʻo. (November 2017)

Trick or treat! Kīpuka Kauaʻi and Liliʻuonamoku show off their creative costumes in celebration of Halloween. (October 2017)

“We don’t talk about it because it makes people uncomfortable,” said Erin Merryn, who shared about her personal transformation as a survivor of child sexual abuse and her advocacy work to pass Erin’s Law to protect children of sexual abuse. At YWCA Laniakea. (October 2017)

LT staff at Liliʻuonamoku joined friends from Chaminade University (new President Lynn Babington; Esben Borsting, director of the office of Native Hawaiian Partnerships; and Diane Peters-Nguyen, vice president for institutional advancement AND daughter of  LT’s own Colonel David M. Peters) for a photo op following our meet and greet. (October 2017)

LT iHuddle committee rocking their One Drop of Love t-shirts! Mahalo nui Fanshen, for the super rad gift! (September 2017)

Nalei, Maka, Kuʻuipo, Nicole and LT kamaliʻi performed at Liliʻu: Tribute to a Queen – an evening concert at Iolani Palace celebrating the life and musical legacy of Queen Lili’uokalani on the 100th anniversary of her passing. (September 2017)

The LT Evaluation Kakoʻo won first place for their poster submission at the Hawaii Pacific Evaluation Association conference this past week. (September 2017)

Kīpuka Molokaʻi using their break time to stretch during the Pua Liliʻu training to enhance their wellbeing. (September 2017)

Happy National Payroll Week to our favorite payroll teammates, Jun-Romeo Farinas and Amy Hung! (September 2017)

Sweet biscuits, we'll miss you! Mahalo to Liliʻuonamoku admin, Brittany Myszak, for all your hard work and for bringing your positive energy and warmth to the office everyday. (September 2017)

#LTiHuddle guest speaker, Marley Dias, took a break from the conference to explore the Queen's palace. (September 2017)


Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Our #LTiHuddle guest speaker, Julia Ormond, spoke on Hawaii News Now - Sunrise, last week. Julia shared the haunting issues of human trafficking and enslavement in the U.S., and more specifically Hawaiʻi. Mahalo, Julia for spreading the word on a crucial issue, and for joining us at #LTiHuddle. (September 2017)

A big congratulations to Kalena Eaton & ʻohana on their handsome baby boy, Kealiikuokalani "Kealii" Malachi Kekona. (July 2017)

The County of Hawaiʻi organized a two-day community event, with the intent of removing all the trash and clearing overgrown brush at Old Airport Park in Kona.

Being a good neighbor, Trust staff from Kīpuka Namahana and Liliʻuonamoku lent a helping hand to clean up the park, located next to our Keahuolū lands. (July 2017)

50 participants representing a cross section of disciplines and organizations gathered to discuss Native Hawaiian (NH) wellbeing at the Kūkulu Kumuhana Conference: Creating Radical and New Knowledge to Improve Native Hawaiian Wellbeing, hosted by LT’s R&E and Systems Change teams.

To create a sense of history and place, film maker Meleanna Meyer was invited to the conference and shared her ‘Āina Aloha, 6’ x 20’ two-sided traveling mural. One side of the mural depicts the pain associated with cultural historical trauma and the path to healing, while the other side of the depicts the Kumulipo and the hope for the future. Mahalo to Meleanna Meyer for sharing her talent and beautiful mural with all participants. (July 2017)

Summer intern, Kealakukui Mahoney, shared all that she learned after completing her 10-week journey with the Trust, and also read a beautiful poem that she wrote for the Queen.

Aloha, Kealakukui, and mahalo nui for your great work and many contributions this summer. We will miss you dearly, and wish you the very best in your future endeavors. (July 2017)


Congratulations to Kawehi Pontin & ʻohana on their new beautiful baby girl, Hayzel-Ray. (July 2017)

We were thrilled to partner with the Positive Coaching Alliance of Hawaiʻi to learn more about the proper way of reinforcing a positive attitude while working closely with kamaliʻi. Mahalo to PCA Hawaiʻi for all their help in getting the LT staff and UH student athletes and mentors well prepared for our Uhauhumu Pōhaku Sports Day event. (June 2017)

Kauaʻi opio had a blast during their summer retreat at the Waimea Plantation Cottages. Opio had the privilege of hosting aunty Jacquelyn Pualani Johnson, who performed her one-woman play about the Queen's life and her relationship with her hanai children. Opio also participated in activities from the recent collective impact training and also enjoyed a soothing painting session. (June 2017)


Dance on! Maui kamaliʻi and staff at a ballet/modern dance class - a piece of the LT performing arts pathway and pilot summer progam at kīpuka Maui. (June 2017)

LT teammates joined our trustees at the Lei Kaʻapuni Honua benefit dinner honoring the homecoming of the Hōkūleʻa, at the Hawaiʻi Convention Center. (June 2017)

The fabulous women of LT, at the 40th Annual YWCA Leader Luncheon at Sheraton Waikiki. (June 2017)

Mahalo nunui to an anonymous donor who made a Cubs game at Wrigley Field a dream come true for LT teammates attending the Social Innovation Conference in Chicago. Go Cubs Go! (June 2017)

Some of team LT with CNN commentator Van Jones at the Social Innovation Conference.  A couple of Van’s gems: "What happened to right and wrong vs right and left?" and "In our country, common pain should lead to common purpose, common projects, common sense!"  (June 2017)


The motley and happy crew, at Wrigley Field. (June 2017)

"This is the big one," Summer said about her picture here with Seattle Seahawks' Michel Bennett. OK, OK. We get it. (June 2017)

Nalei, Dawn, Kanoe, Elizabeth Salmonowicz, community engagement manager for Joffrey Ballet, LeeAnn, and Kauʻi display their dancing skills while touring the Joffrey Ballet headquarters and dance studios in Chicago. (June 2017)


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