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Yuki Lei Tanaka-Pabo


Yuki Lei Tanaka-Pabo grew up in Wailuku, Maui.

Her mother was born in Nānākuli, Oʻahu; her father from Wailuku, Maui. She graduated from H.P. Baldwin High School on Maui and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she received her Bachelorʻs and Masterʻs degree in Social Work with a concentration in Mental Health and Children and Families, serving as BSWO President while at the university.

Before working for our Queen, Yuki Lei was a therapist at Hale Kipa working with high-risk youth; a Mental Health therapist at Child and Family Services; a group facilitator at Parents and Children Together (P.A.C.T.) working with children who witnessed domestic violence within their homes; and a crisis therapist with Care Hawaiʻi.

Yuki Leiʻs current passion among many includes being a volunteer at Special Olympics Hawaiʻi as well as an active member of Talking About Curing Autism (T.A.C.A.) Hawaiʻi. She works diligently with our native Hawaiian children with special needs, helping them to empower and pave for themselves a path for their future utilizing their strengths and talents.

One thing Yuki Lei is thankful for is every breath of life (Hā) Ke Akua allows her to take because “He makana ke ola na Ke Akua – Life is a gift from Ke Akua.”

The most significant value she tries to uphold in her life is “akahai” – the grace to be kind to all and “Mai hāʻawi pio – never give up.”

Yuki Lei lives by the saying, “You may not be able to control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.” – Maya Angelou.