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Staff & Specialists

Meet the KOKA Team

Momi Akana:
Executive Director
Momi Akana is the founder and Executive Director Read More.

Melodie Vega:
Early Childhood Education Director


Gina I:
Kūlia Program Po'o
Gina I is the Po`o (Director) of our Kūlia I Ka Nu`u Program,
Read More.

Jenna Umiamaka:
Healthy Marriages Director
Jenna Umiamaka is a native Hawaiian and mother of one son. Read More.

Kimey Kalua:
Healthy Marriages Manager


Desiree Adams:
Ho'oulu Kalaulu Manager


Nalani Mattox Primacio:
Ho'ohiki Pilina Manager


Lani Kalekini:
HELP Childcare Director
Lani Kaleikini is the project director for the Hawaii Early Learning Partnerships Read More.

Johnette Funtanilla:
HIPPY Program Manager


Cleda April Kalama:
Technology Project Coordinator
Cleda April Kalama is the Technology Project Coordinator for Keiki O Ka Aina's Read More.

Walli Kia: Child Care Coordinator
Walli has served as Child Care Coordinator for KOKA for many years. Read More.

Kaniela Sharp: Controller
Bringing with him more than 20 years in financial management, Kaniela became our Controller in August of 2011.

Memory Ku: Mentoring Children of Promise Coordinator
Memory Ku has been the Program Director of the Mentoring Children of Promise at Keiki O Ka ‘Ᾱina since 2005. Read More.

Camille Rocket: Research and Evaluation Director


Kathy Bentley: Parent Educator
Kathy Bentley is a nationally recognized Parent Educator and the owner of Kathy's Parenting Solutions. Read More.

Donna Gaison: PAT/Healthy Marriages Trainer
Donnalei Gaison is a mother of four. She feels they are her claim to success, she gave most of her time and money to their education for many years. Read More.

Earl “Bo” Guillermo: Outdoor Classroom
Earl “Bo” Guillermo is KOKA’s Safety & Facility Director, Coordinator for Kalei Outdoor Classroom and a Healthy Marriage Facilitator.