Our Leadership

Patrick Saka

Patrick Saka
Chief Executive & Collaboration Officer

Patrick Saka is the founder and Chief Executive & Collaboration Officer of Hau’oli Piha.  After a varied 35+ year career in public accounting; newspaper publishing; visitor industry website/print magazine publishing; acute, long-term, and mental healthcare fields.

He has also been very involved with community service, most in leadership roles at Maui County Council, Boy Scouts of America, Kiwanis Club of Maui Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Maui, Hospice Maui, Ka Lima O Maui, J. Walter Cameron Center, Maui United Way, Maui Chamber of Commerce, Statewide Health Coordinating Council, Maui Bronco (Youth Baseball) League, and Maui Country Club.

He is also very active, enjoying music, food and wine, hiking, swimming, golf, tennis, pickleball, and his newest passion, Spec Tennis.

Moving into the “last trimester” of his life, he is endeavoring to follow his passions.  In this nonprofit venture, he and his team have identified areas in the Maui County healthcare continuum that are underserved or not served at all.

Michele Navarro Ishiki

Michele Navarro Ishiki, LCSW, CSAC
Clinical Director of Mental Health Services

Michele Navarro Ishiki, LCSW, CSAC, is the Clinical Director of Mental Health Services. She is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in private practice. Michele has a demonstrated history of working with diverse populations. Born and raised in Pa‘ia, Maui, she is skilled in non-profit and for-profit organizations providing clinical oversight of residential drug treatment facilities and their continuum. She has vast experience in Social Services, Group/Individual Therapy, Event Planning, and Public Speaking. Michele is deeply connected to her community and passionate about working with our underserved populations. She has been in the addictions and mental health field for over 20 years.

In addition to her LCSW, Michele has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, she is a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor (CSAC) in the State of Hawai‘i, and an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (ICADC).

There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.

Patrick Saka • Chief Executive & Collaboration Officer

Board of Directors

Patrick

Saka

Pat has had a varied 35+ year career in public accounting, newspaper publishing, visitor industry website/print magazine publishing, acute, long-term, and mental healthcare fields.

Michele

Navarro Ishiki

Michele is an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in private practice.

Joanne

Iritani

Joanne is an experienced registered nurse with administrative and clinical experience in an academic medical center and community hospital settings including acute care, surgical services, long-term care, and ambulatory care.

Dolly

Tatofi

Dolly has been blessed to work with Keiki (children) to Kūpuna (elder) in various capacities throughout her life as a Social Worker.

Therapists

Jocelyn Cordero, LMFT

Sara Watkins, LCSW

Counselors

Philip Acang, CSAC

Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.

Our Collaborators

Brandy S.K. Akimo, LMHC

Brandy was raised in Koolaupoko, Kailua, Oahu by her grandparents, Peter Akimo and Leinaala Bruhn Akimo. She was born to Kapena Kaanehe and Cindy Akimo Wilson.

Brandy was raised with the timeless traditional values of aloha, compassion, being of service, and hard work (taking care of responsibilities). Educated in the public school system until high school, she graduated in 1995 from Kamehameha Schools. Obtaining her undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in Family Resources, Brandy went on to obtain a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from Chaminade University in 2001, recently obtaining her professional Mental Health Counselor license. Brandy has 20 years of experience in child, adolescent, and adult mental health. She has a particular interest in the resilient qualities of families, particularly Native Hawaiian families to address the protective factors that strengthen them. Brandy is the 2016 recipient of Ohana Health Plan’s CCS Outstanding Case Manager.

Calvin Hara
Senior Citizen Advocate and Former Licensed Nursing Home and Assisted Living Administrator

Calvin Hara has been an Alzheimer’s Association – Hawaii Chapter Community Educator volunteer for over six years. He is the Chairperson of the Advocacy Committee and volunteers for various community organizations. He has thirty years of long-term care management experience.

After graduating from Kalani High School, Calvin attended the University of California-Davis, majoring in applied behavioral sciences.

For more than 30 years, he provided for the needs of kupuna, from free-standing skilled nursing facilities to multi-level retirement communities with independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing on a campus setting in the Sacramento, CA, and Hawaii areas. He was a licensed nursing home administrator in California and Hawaii and a licensed assisted-living administrator in California.

In addition, he is certified as an aging services professional (CASP) through the University of North Texas Coalition for Leadership in Aging Services.

Kaulike Pescaia & ‘Ohana
Na Hoku Hanohano Award Nominated Hawaiian Music Artist

Kaulike Pescaia is a seasoned musician in the Hawaiian music industry and is lightly decorated, having released his debut solo album, “Kuʻu Huakaʻi” and won multiple awards in his young career.

Most recently, Kaulike was nominated four times in the 2020 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards for his debut album, “Kuʻu Huakaʻi.” His nominations included “Most Promising Artist of the Year,” “Hawaiian Language Performance,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” and “Hawaiian Album of the Year.”

When Kaulike was just two years old, growing up in the area of Kamaʻole, Kīhei, Maui, he was singing along to melodies of Hawaiian songs. His parents recognized his extraordinary talent and encouraged this passion for music throughout his childhood.

Through the years, Kaulike has fine-tuned his craft, following along with the inspiration of Hawaiian music’s greats that have come before him and the guidance and support of some of Hawaiʻi’s finest musicians.

Today, Kaulike performs in Hawaiʻi and abroad with many of Hawaiian music’s talented artists, including as a guitarist for lei maker, hula practitioner, and fellow Hawaiian music artist, Kuana Torres-Kahele.

Faith Gianan
General Manager of Roselani Place

Faith Gianan is the General Manager of Roselani Place. She also served as the Memory Care Coordinator for 8 years.  Faith received her degree from the University of Southern California, Leonard David School of Gerontology.

With 18 years of experience in the senior living industry, Faith continues to reflect on her professional and personal experience to bring humility, compassion, and empathy to serve our kūpuna and staff in her highest and best capacity.

Dolly Tatofi
MSW, LCSW

Dolly has come to find that she is divinely guided by her kūpuna in each moment. Born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, she has come to learn and experience what connection is all about due to her rich and diverse upbringing on the islands.

Dolly has been blessed to work with keiki (children) to kūpuna (elder) in various capacities throughout her life as a Social Worker. She has earned a B.A. in Ethnic Studies and also a Masterʻs in Social Work degree. She has worked in the Mental Health field for over 10+ years and continues to serve this population currently in an MCO setting. Although understanding who you are is a life journey, she has come to realize that at this moment that her kuleana (responsibility) is to connect and support people by restoring relationships through Aloha. She believes that daily living and being Aloha will create, maintain and enhance the relationships we have in any space and at any time not only with others but also with ourselves; if we can know who we are deep inside we will see this reflected outside of us and then will we know what Lōkahi (unity/balance/harmony) truly means and feels like.

Dr. Sean O’Hara
Psy.D, NCAC I, SAP

Dr. O’Hara is a Board Licensed Psychologist living in San Diego, California, with over 30 years of experience with psychiatric, mental health, dual-diagnosis, and crisis intervention health problems.

“Dr. Sean,” as he is often called, has two convenient office locations in San Diego County, Rancho Bernardo, California, and La Jolla, California. He also frequently travels throughout the United States to work with clients, corporations, and athletes residing in other states. Dr. O’Hara works with all populations and does diversified work with corporations, collegiate and professional sports teams, the entertainment industries, and rock concert tours.

Dr. Terry Shintani, MD

Formally designated a “Living Treasure” in 2006, Dr. Terry Shintani is one of the youngest individuals to receive this designation. He is a unique physician-nutritionist-community health advocate and medical school professor. He has served the underserved and Native Hawaiian communities throughout his career with hundreds of programs and activities.

One of Dr. Shintani’s programs won the highest national award from the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services. He has been featured in News Week, CBS This Morning, CNN News, Dateline NBC, and as of 1995, he appears in the Encyclopedia Britannica. As a lawyer, he authored landmark legislation that legalized Native Hawaiian Healing practices so that they may be practiced and preserved. Currently, he serves as the Associate Chair of Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Hawaii School of Medicine and holds the following positions:

– Chair of the International Holistic Therapy Association,

– President of the Board of the Hawaii Center for Attitudinal Healing,

– Chair of the Advisory Board of the Gandhi International Institute for Peace,

– Prior of the Knights (Hospitaller) of the Orthodox Order of St. John Russian Grand Priory, Priory of Hawaii,

– Clergy of the Elder’s Council of Traditional Hawaiian Healers.

Paul Tonnessen

Paul has been involved in working with and for non-profits since the 80s and his passion has and always will be reaching out to those in need. After moving to Maui in 2001, Paul was asked to join the Board of the Friends of the Children’s Justice Center.

Having been subjected to violence and abuse as a child, Paul was more than happy to say ‘yes.’  Little did Paul know at that time that he would be joining one of the best Boards on Maui, and one that would change his life.

Paul previously sat on the Board of Directors for Maui Nonprofit Directors Association, Maui Family Support Services, Maui Hui Malama, Hawaii Alliance of Nonprofits (HANO), Maui Pride, and the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund. Paul currently is a core member of Ho’oikaika Partnership and sits on the Boards of Maui Equality Coalition, Hawaii Gift Planning Committee and as an advisor to Family Court through their Ku Like group which focuses on the healing aspect of our youth caught up in the juvenile justice system with behavioral challenges due to the trauma they have been exposed to.

Prevention is a major part of Paul’s and the Friends’ mission and Paul’s constant focus on intervention give Paul and the Friends the opportunity to holistically, compassionately, and empathetically address these behaviors so that they are less likely to become substance abusers or caught up in the judiciary systems as adults.

Together we make all the difference

Malama i Na Kahu Malama

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