As the President and Treasurer of Nā Keiki O Emalia, Laura brings a wealth of experience in finance, business operations, and clinical systems to the organization and is passionate about using her expertise to help the children in the community. Laura’s motivation to get involved with Nā Keiki O Emalia stems from her personal experience of watching her grandchildren struggle after the sudden death of her husband, David, in 2021. Laura was moved to action by the limited resources available to her family and was grateful to discover an organization that shared her passion for helping Maui’s youth.
As a dedicated member of Nā Keiki O Emalia, Laura is committed to expanding the organization’s reach and impact on Maui’s youth. She has expressed a desire to develop an educational curriculum for schools that focuses on grief and the grieving process, as she believes this will better serve children who are struggling with loss.
Laura’s unwavering commitment to Nā Keiki O Emalia has been exemplified through her generous $100,000 matching gift, which resulted in an impressive $135,000 in donations. This significant contribution has provided vital funding for the organization’s programs and services and has also inspired others to contribute to the cause of supporting Maui’s children. In addition to her financial support, Laura recognizes the importance of sustainable funding and aims to expand the pool of donors and reestablish fundraisers to ensure the organization’s long-term success.