Meet the Team


Susan Furuta

President & Chief Executive Officer

Dani Maldonado

Director of Operations

Jessica Daniels

Program Manager, Bilingual Access Line

Kristine Garabiles

Program Manager, Community Clearinghouse

Lori Hamada

Program Manager, Representative Payee Services

Cheyona Lopez

Program Manager, SNAP Outreach

Dorian Nakamichi

Communications & Development Manager

Sandy Lau

Accounting Manager

Cayla Kapanui-Sula

Employment Coordinator

Mae Gallardo

Program Coordinator

Jacqui Arielle Pabalan

Volunteer & Community Relations Coordinator

Meet the Team

Board of Directors

Summer Kaiawe, Chair and Secretary

Partner, Watanabe Ing LLP

Emmanuel Zibakalam, Vice Chair

Principal, Government Affairs and Public Private Partnerships, Pacific Business Advocates LLC

Taylor Kirihara, Treasurer

Senior Vice President and Senior Commercial Banking Manager, Central Pacific Bank

Daniel Hughes, Director

Senior Consultant, Allana Buick & Bers

Travis Kikuchi, Director

Senior Vice President and Director of Private Banking, Central Pacific Bank

Drew Nagai, Director

Agent, Noguchi & Associates

Shawn Nakamoto, Director

President & Owner, SUN Communications

Joseph Sam, Director

Associate Executive Director, University of Hawaii Professional Assembly

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Matt Orias, Director

First Vice President, Business Relationship Team Leader, American Savings Bank

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Casie Bui, Director

Director, Sales Operations & Marketing, Aloha Petroleum

Career at Helping Hands Hawai‘i

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Helping Hands Hawai‘i is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. Our agency selects and promotes qualified individuals from within or hires externally when vacancies arise. The agency makes every effort to place people in positions that make the best use of their abilities, contributes to career growth, and maximizes personal satisfaction

Helping Hands Hawai‘i is also firmly committed in taking affirmative action to employ and advance in employment qualified individuals with disabilities, veterans with disabilities, veterans, minorities, and women. We make every effort to maintain a pool of diverse, qualified candidates.