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.
PACT has embarked on a $10 million capital campaign to secure and renovate Kalaulanilawapuni as its permanent home in Kapalama, creating a central staging point to accelerate its critical work and deepen its statewide impact in perpetuity. The estate will combine multiple programs that offer supportive opportunities to struggling residents, children and families, while promoting collaboration with clients and partner agencies to chart a path towards healthy futures and greater community well being.
The financial stability that comes with ownership of place will enable PACT to pass its values and knowledge from one generation of staff and clients to the next, while saving operating costs in the long run, allowing more resources to be dedicated to critical services in the community.
Board of Directors
John Whalen, Chair
Wai’ale’ale Sarsona, Vice Chair
Nicole Rino, Secretary
Craig Warren, Treasurer
Mihoko Ito, Past Chair
Ryan Kusumoto, President & CEO
Norma Spierings, Chief Development Officer
Margaret Takahashi, Chief Administration Officer
Melissa Cretsinger, VP of Administration
Trisha Kajimura, VP of Strategy and External Affairs
Ben Naki, EVP of Early Education Programs
Tina Porres-Jones, EVP of Community Building Programs
Marie Vorsino, EVP of Intervention Programs
Lara Won, VP of Fiscal Services/Controller
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.