A Campaign For A Better Hawaii

For more than five decades, Parents And Children Together (PACT) has worked with Hawaii’s children, individuals and families to create safe and promising futures. From our humble beginnings as a single program in Kalihi, PACT has grown into a multi-faceted social services agency, offering essential services that support early childhood education, behavioral health, abuse prevention, domestic violence intervention and community building.


With a legacy of serving areas of concentrated poverty statewide, PACT has built its reputation as a trusted resource with an unmatched ability to address the needs of our most challenged communities. As families in Hawaii continue to face a cascade of hardships, building strong communities has never been more critical.

A Place We Can Finally Call Home

When a decision was made by Liliuokalani Trust to reposition its assets, PACT was honored to be selected to steward Queen Liliuokalani’s land for future generations. Members of the Trust set a plan in motion to lease and eventually transfer ownership of the estate to PACT over the next five years. The estate was named Kalaulanilawapuni, representing the historic land and shared belief serving all people of Hawaii.


To commemorate PACT’s permanent home, the estate name, Kalaulanilawapuni, was carefully selected by Kahu David Kaupu representing the royal’s leaf that entwines the vision and mission of PACT and Queen Liliuokalani to serve all people with compassion in the spirit of abundance and plenty.


Visual representation was inspired by renowned local designer, Sig Zane, creating an exclusive artwork that embodies the meaning of Kalaulanilawapuni and PACT’s commitment to Hawaii.



Board of Directors


John Whalen, Chair
Wai‘ale‘ale Arroyo, Vice Chair
Nicole Rino, Secretary
Craig Warren, Treasurer
Mihoko Ito, Past Chair
Cappy Fasi
Elaine Fujiwara
Lisa Furuta
Reid Hokama
Josie Howard
Ku’ulani Keohokalole
Patricia Kim
Shelee Kimura
Wade Kodama
Pomai Moniz
Dana-Ann Takushi
Kelly Ueoka
Shaun Ushijima

Executive Team


Ryan Kusumoto, President & CEO
Melissa Cretsinger, Chief Administration Officer
Norma Spierings, Chief Development Officer
Trisha Kajimura, VP of Strategy and External Affairs
Sarah Manning, VP of Fiscal Services/Controller
Ben Naki, EVP of Early Education Programs
Tina Porras-Jones, EVP of Community Building Programs
Janelle Dunkirk, Sr. Program Director, Family Visitation Centers & Voluntary Case Management
Eddie Esperante, Sr. Program Director, Family Peace Center Oahu & Shelter Services
Edward “Ted” Hayden, Sr. Program Director, Maui County Programs & Intensive Support Services


We are reaching out to those who care passionately about Hawaii, inviting you to join us on this rare, once-in-a-lifetime philanthropic opportunity to establish a permanent home for PACT. Contributions to the capital campaign will make a difference in what PACT can do for the state of Hawaii, now and into the future.