Meet Our Staff

Dr. Adrienne Dillard, Ph.D., M.S.W., L.S.W.
Executive Director

I am the youngest daughter of Charles and Helen Dillard born in Chicago Heights, Illinois, a licensed social worker in the State of Hawaii with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Social Work from Hawaii Pacific University and a doctorate in Social Welfare from University of Hawaii Mānoa. I am experienced in community development; community based participatory research, and youth programming because of my service to the community of Papakolea, Kewalo and Kalawahine since 1993. I was asked by Puni who befriended me while working at HMSA “to do her a favor for a minute -T” and help with the newly formed non-profit Kula no na Po’e Hawaii to review organizational start-up documentation. I consider it all joy and a blessing to have received my training for working in the community from Grandma Maria Suganuma, Kupuna Leimomi Nahinu, Kupuna Winona Freitas, Kupuna Rufina Molaka-Lee, Kupuna Brenda Kekauoha and Uncle Bob Freitas. Each imparted their gifts that helped me understand the call upon my life to assist the planning and implementation of education and health programs, and community development activities for residents of Papakolea. I have been blessed to work in such a beautiful place and to help realize the vision of these remarkable kūpuna for Papakolea. My area of research interest is the impact of dementia on caregivers in the Native Hawaiian Community.

B. Puni Kekauoha
Associate Director

Puni Kekauoha has served Papakolea since 1992. Ms. Kekauoha works closely with community organizations and the Department of Native Hawaiian Health. She is most comfortable working with organizations and local service agencies to address the health disparities in the Native Hawaiian community. As a visionary leader Puni helped to form Kula No Na Po’e Hawaii serving on the board from 1992-2002. In 1999, she along with key members of the community founded the Papakolea Community Development Corporation serving as its Executive Director for 12 years. She has extensive experience in collaborating effectively with university departments to provide services to residents of Papakolea, as well as providing care to kupuna. She is a proponent of community health care networks and the strength and resiliency of a strong community.

Kaapuni Kama
Program Coordinator, Kukalahale Learning Project
Certified Community Health Worker

Aloha, my name is Kaapuni Kama. Born and raised in Papakolea, I am very grateful to the kupuna and makua that paved the way to make our work today possible. Here at Kula, my role as Program Coordinator of the Kukalahale Learning Project includes supporting the students and families of Lincoln and Pauoa Elementary, Stevenson Middle, and Roosevelt High Schools. In the afternoons, I enjoy serving our keiki in the Lamaku After-School Program as "Aunty Kaa". I also plan and coordinate the Annual Breakfast with Santa event for community families.

I'm a blessed mother of 3 and loved wife to Jeremiah Kama and Kamaka Kaaihue-Kekoa (best friend marriage). Having an amazing support system of family, close friends, and fellow #kulakrew allow me to serve the families of Papakolea, Kewalo, and Kalawahine to the best of my abilities. Mahalo to all who've contributed to my journey and to those I haven't met yet...see you soon!

Mahealani Austin, M.S.W., B.S.W.
Program Coordinator, Papakolea Kupuna Community Care Network

Aloha ‘oukou! My name is Mahealani Mahiai Austin and I was born and raised in Palolo Valley. I come from the Mahiai ‘ohana that resided near the entrance of Punchbowl Cemetery in the 1960s. I’m a graudate of Kamehameha Schools Class of 2001 and from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Class of 2018 with a Master’s in Social Work. I’m blessed to serve as the Program Coordinator for Papakōlea’s Kūpuna Community Care Network.

I’ve been married for over five years to my sweet and supportive husband, Peter Austin, and I have two sons, Kayden and Obed. Kayden graduated from Roosevelt High School and Obed currently attends Kamehameha Preschool. We reside in Makiki and attend New Hope Town at Roosevelt where I serve as the Children’s Ministry Director. It has been amazing to serve the community through our church. I love Jesus, I love to serve, I love pigs, hiking, Hilo lychee, Hawaiian culture and research, and spending time with my ‘ohana. I am truly blessed and thankful for this exciting opportunity to do what I love and to serve this beautiful community! Mahalo piha!

Hanakia Tui
Community Liasion, Papakolea Kupuna Community Care Network
Certified Community Health Worker

Aloha Kakou! I am Hannah Hanakia (Kaneakua) Tui. Born and raised in Papakolea by my loving parents, and step parent. I learned to love Keakua, my ohana, my culture, and my kupuna from the greatest example in my life, my mother, Hannah Kia Kaneakua-Basso. My husband, Michael Tui was also raised here in Papakolea, and we have been both very blessed to also be able to raise our children, and our grandchildren in our beautiful community. I am grateful to have the opportunity to serve my Kupuna, their ohana, and our Hawaiian community. The sharing of our Hawaiian culture, values, and aloha is my passion.

 Aloha kekahi i kekahi, (love one another) When we love one another we show love, caring, and concern for one another.  May we all have Aloha for all. Me Kealoha Nui.

Faith Kalamau
Community Health Worker, Papakolea Kupuna Community Care Network

Born, raised and currently living in Kewalo homestead has taught me many cultural values. Hawaiian values from my grandparents, parents and my neighbors. Knowing my community and building a relationship with them is very important to me. It Is nice when you’re walking or driving in Papakolea and everyone knows your name. This is a way of knowing you made a connection.
At Kula no na Po`e Hawaii, I am a Community Health Worker with the Papakolea KCCN Program and also organize Papakolea’s Annual Trunk or Treat. I'm a proud grandmother and in 2017, I was Pa’u Princess for the island of O’ahu in the Aloha Festival Parade. I feel blessed and grateful and look forward to another great year ahead.

Kamaka Kaaihue-Kekoa
Community Health Worker, Papakolea Kupuna Community Care Network

Aloha, my name is Kamaka Kaaihue-Kekoa. I was born and raised in Kewalo and am now a homestead lessee for my family home. I'm from the Kekoa 'ohana on Anianiku Street and I'm the oldest son of Erwin and Evangeline "Tiny" Kaaihue.

I became a Community Health Worker (CHW) in 2017 and assist Papakolea families and kupuna to access health and social services through the Papakolea KCCN Program. In 2018, I also became a Guest Service Agent for Hawaiian Airlines. I like the fast-paced life of customer service and my work at Hawaiian Airlines and Kula no na Po`e Hawaii keep me on my toes!

WilmaGay Ka'opuiki-Heen
Community Health Worker, Papakolea Kupuna Community Care Network

My name is WilmaGay Ka'opuiki-Heen and I was born and raised in Papakolea. My parents are Rachel and Edward Ka'opuiki. I've been married to my husband Pono Heen for over 15 years and together we have 10 children and 20 grand-children. During the day, I work at St.Francis Hospice as a Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) tending to patients in their homes. I became a Certified Health Worker(CHW) in 2017 and serve Papakolea kupuna through home visits in the evenings.

In my free time, I love to spend time with my 'ohana who is most important to me.

Iolani Ulii
Program Lead, Lamaku Afterschool Program
Certified Community Health Worker

Welina mai me ke aloha iā ‘oukou!
It has been a few years since I’ve become a part of the Kula No Nā Po’e Hawai’i (KNNPH) ‘ohana! I lead the Lamakū After School Program that provides tutoring, homework assistance, and cultural or educational-based activities for keiki in grades K-5. I am grateful for the challenges that strengthen our program to ensure that our youth are served in the most meaningful way.

My mission is to serve community to the best of my abilities by reinforcing and instilling within our youth a cultural foundation grounded in Hawaiian values and morals. Teaching and learning through our native culture can empower our youth to shape their own identity and to better meet personal expectations and standards. Ultimately, the goal is for the building of a firm foundation for our youth, families, and community.

I am a 4th generation homesteader of Papakōlea, from the ‘Ohana Kamau’u of Ka’ululā’au Street. I’m also a mother to an amazingly spirited daughter, and a wife to my outgoing, beyond creative husband that I am blessed to have in my life. I am truly humbled to be working alongside a wonderful KNNPH ‘ohana and look forward to the years ahead. Mahalo!

Kawai Kaneakua-Rauschenburg
Youth Program Aide, Lamaku Afterschool Program

ʻAno ʻai me ke aloha!

It has been an honor to be given this opportunity to work for Kula No Nā Poʻe Hawaiʻi. I have been working for KNNPH under our Lamakū After School Program. This program was created to support the youth of Papakōlea. I cannot wait to see them all flourish into brilliant and beautiful keiki. I am blessed with the opportunity to serve our community by doing what I love most, teaching and helping others.

I am 20 years old and a proud member of the ʻOhana Kāneakua on Tantalus Dr. I graduated from Ke Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue in 2018 with honors. Since then, I have been pursuing my dream of becoming an Elementary Education Teacher at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa. To help our children understand the importance of our cultures language, customs, stories, and knowledge is what I hope to achieve in the future. Pushing the importance of aloha (love) and ʻāina (land) will help me to achieve this. Aside from working and going to school, I love adventuring. I really enjoy going to the beach, hiking, eating at new places, painting, and  playing with my puppy.

I am blessed with his opportunity and look forward to what the future holds for us here in Papakōlea! Mahalo.

Lanay'tte "Ku'uipo" Paia
Administrative Assistant

Lanay’tte “Ku’uipo” Paia is a part-time administrative assistant with Kula No Na Po’e Hawai’i and has been blessed to serve in her community of Papakolea since November of 2016.  Ku’uipo worked as an outreach specialist under Governor Ige’s administration and has years of experience with some of Hawaii’s top social service organizations. She worked in the social services field for over 18 years, most recently leaving her employment with Salvation Army Family Services as the Program Coordinator. Her passion and motivation is to continue helping those in our community and striving to make a bigger impact in helping Hawaii’s homeless.

Ku’uipo was born and raised in Papakolea and is part of the Silva, Paia and Kaluna families. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1997 and attended University of Hawai’i Manoa. About 10 years ago, she and her hubby James moved to Aiea with their 3 children but can still be found in Papakolea, every single day. LOL! Papakolea will always be their home!!!!

Kelli Anne Murakami, M.S.W., B.S.W.
Program Admin, Papakolea Fire Academy
Certified Community Health Worker

My name is Kelli Anne Murakami, and I prefer to be called Kelli. I was born and raised in Liliha, now I’m currently living in Maunawili. I am a proud graduate of McKinley High School and received my Master's degree in Social Work at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I've been with Kula No Na Po’e Hawaii since January 2016 as a Bachelors and Masters of Social Work practicum student and now as a part-time program aide for the Papakolea Fire Academy.

When I'm not working at Kula, I also work at Hale Kipa and Sunglass Hut.

Chantal Keliihoomalu, M.S.W., B.S.W.
Community Social Worker

I am a graduate of University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Masters of Social Work (MSW). I completed two years of practicum work under Adrienne Dillard at Papakōlea working with both kūpuna and youth programs. I currently work with KNNPH as a Community Social Worker. I am committed to using my life experiences and social work knowledge to assist community on all levels and aspire to be able to affect changes at the systemic level. I am dedicated, resourceful, courageous, competent, and trustworthy…I am very independent and extremely honored to be working in and supporting the Papakōlea Community!

I am originally from a small liberal college town in Humboldt County, Ca…basically raised with “hippy” ethics and the Redwood Forest was my playground. My father moved to Hawai’i when I was twelve, I attended Pearl City High School for one year and have been here permanently since I graduated. I have enjoyed over twenty years of marriage to the love of my life, Samuel Keliihoomalu.

Meghan Kenney, M.S.W., L.S.W.
Research Assistant / Community Social Worker

Aloha, my name is Meghan Kenney and I have been employed at Kula since August 2019. I am originally from Arizona, but my 'ohana is from Maui so I came to Hawai'i to earn my Master of Social Work from UH Manoa. I began at Kula as a practicum student in 2017 and enjoyed it so much I haven't left since! 🙂 I am currently working as a community Social Worker and as a Research Assistant for the Homestead Health Survey project. I also work with our Junior Leaders after-school program. I am grateful to have been welcomed into Papakolea and feel blessed to work in this community!

Tatiana Kekauoha
Coordinator, Papakolea Pandemic Response Team

Aloha, my name is Tatiana Kekauoha. I was born and raised in Kaneohe, but have a lot of childhood memories in Papakolea from my Papa Hale and Tutu Brenda Kekauoha. In 2010, I worked for Kula in the Homestead Yard Service Program. I returned in May 2020 to serve Papakolea during this time of COVID-19. I coordinate and assist the multiple food and meal distributions for community families and keep the wheels moving.

The newest role and joy of my life is being a mother to my son, Atreus. I look forward to continuing the Kula tradition of raising the next generation in a spirit of community, love, and service. Mahalo nui loa!

Jeremiah Kama
Associate Coordinator, Papakolea Pandemic Response Team

Aloha kakou, my name is Jeremiah Kama and everyone calls me "Miah". I was born and raised on Maui in Paukukalo and Waiohuli Hawaiian Homesteads. I moved to Oahu in 2009 and now call Papakolea home. I'm married to Kaapuni Kama and we have 3 children. Before COVID-19, I was Kula's #1 volunteer nicknamed "Muscles" but now I'm grateful for the chance to serve Papakolea through the Pandemic Response Team. My job includes supporting all community food distributions and service projects. My wife said my work motto is: "Tents, Tables, Trucks, and Traffic!" Aloha!

Cappy Solatorio
Member, Papakolea Pandemic Response Team

Aloha mai kakou, I am Cappy Anuenue Shea-Solatorio of Kewalo Hawaiian Homestead. I was born and raised in this community where I attended Lincoln, Stevenson, Roosevelt and the University of Hawaii. I made my career as a store manager at several retail stores both on Oahu as well as the Big Island. My husband, "Brada Sam" and I have been married for over 30 years and have been blessed with 4 children. It was very important for me as the children were growing up to be home during their early childhood years. I opened up Anuenue’s Day care in 1989. This allowed me to care for my own children and still be able to make an income caring for others.  I worked at Kula No Na Po’e Hawaii for over 12 years before joining Lincoln Elementary School as a P.E. teacher in early 2020. When COVID-19 hit, I answered the call to join the Papakolea Pandemic Response Team as a community volunteer. This work is very befitting for me not being able to serve and care for my love ones but also for the love ones in our community. Mahalo Nui Loa.