Hui Malama Learning Center Staff
Pualani Enos, J.D.
|Finance & HR
Pualani Enos, J.D., Executive Director
Executive Director Pualani Enos is an attorney with over a decade of experience in education and youth development as a teacher, administrator, researcher and policy advocate. She also has experience in developing and managing large-scale education and service programs for families and at-risk youth. She is responsible for oversight of all operations and programs. She is also the acting Program Director, responsible for the day-to-day management of all educational and support services.
Pualani is a member of the Maui Non-Profit Directors Association, the education and workforce development working group of the Maui County Energy Alliance, and Maui’s Partnership to Prevent Underage Drinking. She is on the Steering Committee of the Hawai’i Youth Matters Network and Vice-President of the Board of Hawaii Youth Services Network.
When Pualani was hired as Executive Director in 2006, acknowledging the changes to the world of non-profits and relevant funding streams meant that organizational capacity building was critical to Hui Malama’s future. She has devoted significant efforts to implement structure, consistency, accountability and quality assurances across the agency. Over the past three years, Ms. Enos has successfully led four tactical initiatives: 1) Recruitment of new Board members; 2) Engagement in high-impact strategic program prioritization and business planning; 3) Innovative fund development strategies; and 4) Development of programmatic partnerships in order to leverage resources.
With support and guidance from a Hui Malama Director Board Member who is veteran DOE teacher with 35 years of experience teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) subjects, worked with staff to develop innovative teaching initiatives that address emerging community needs and will uniquely position HMLC as a leader in providing missing education services to the youth and young adults of Maui Nui, such as careers in the emerging green economy.
Two years ago, with a revitalized board of directors, Pualani sought and successfully received funding to development Hui Malama’s first Five-Year Strategic Business Plan. The five-year plan, including a detailed budget, includes implementation of new processes and systems that strengthen the internal operations, management and personnel. This includes significant professional development and sharing research-based management tools such as the Balanced Scorecard, a design created Balanced Scorecard Collaborative of Harvard Business School. More effective and efficient management processes allows Hui Malama to implement effective pedagogy such as youth engagement and methodology that achieves “school connectedness” which research shows to be the most effective means of youth development of protective factors which has been difficult to do in the past given our small staff and limited resources.
Under the leadership of the Executive Director, the board and staff have expanded Hui Malama’s vision and mission through the process of developing a social impact model (available upon request) with the consulting services of Community Wealth Ventures (CWV,) a D.C. based firm, that specializes in strategic business planning for social enduring impact. Through conducting an in-depth organizational assessment, competitors’ analysis and community needs assessment involving over 250 Maui community members Hui Malama has identified critical unmet educational needs on Maui. Hui Malama now has a well-defined, informed mission and vision, as well as, defined organizational values to guide our concrete five-year plan.
At the same time, in response to the economic downturn that began over two years ago, over past three years, through working with Board and Staff, Pualani has decreased Hui Malama’s annual budget by 40%. Through focusing our effort on youth, primarily middle and high school students, Pualani has significantly expand programming so that our students receive three times more educational and co-curricular programming. Through providing students with holistic, encouraging learning experiences that are driven by defined values, youth who have experienced challenges in traditional school settings are empowered with the tools to improve their own quality of life, as well as, contribute to building a healthier community.
To support these resource intensive programs, Pualani has devoted time to learning about best-practices for collaboration and to developing partnerships with community organizations, corporations and volunteers to leverage expertise and resources to enhance Hui Malama’s academic offerings, community service learning projects and career development/work preparedness program activities.
Before coming to Hui Malama Learning Center in April 2006, Pualani was the Program Director for Hale ‘Ohana at the Neighborhood Place of Wailuku. Prior to this position, she worked as Research Faculty at University of Hawaii Manoa School of Social Work as the Evaluation Coordinator for the Ke Ala Lokahi project, a culturally-based intervention for Hawaiian batterers and survivors of intimate partner violence at Turning Point For Families in Hilo, Hawaii. She also teaches Women’s Studies as a lecturer for University of Hawaii Outreach College on Maui. Prior to moving to Hawaii, Pualani spent seven years working as a Clinical Professor at Northeastern University School of Law’s Domestic Violence Institute (DVI) where she directed several experimental learning programs in medical, legal and social service settings.
At Northern University located in Boston, she managed the Boston Medical Center Domestic Violence Project, a unique interdisciplinary project that trained law, public health, nursing and medical students to provide advocacy to victims of abuse treated in the Emergency Department. At Northeastern, Pualani also developed and taught an innovative Family Law Litigation course that educated both students and new attorneys volunteering to take pro bono family law cases for battered women. That course is a part of a larger effort (funded by the Open Society Institute of the George Soros Foundation) to engage the DVI in the process of supporting law graduates to represent low and moderate income residents by forming networks of community lawyers who are given continuing access to the education and technology resources of the law school. Pualani also directed the development of the Domestic Violence Institute Website (www.dvi.neu.edu) an ambitious technological project intended to assist community members in understanding and accessing legal relief and social services.
Pualani has led two interdisciplinary research projects, funded by the National Institute of Justice, to identify and improve the medical documentation of domestic violence for use in a variety of domestic violence litigation. Her research also includes an examination of the experiences of indigenous and immigrant battered mothers in family law proceedings through a participatory research project funded by the Asian and Pacific Islander Institute and the Family Violence Prevention Fund. She has presented her research and provided training in advocacy and community organizing both nationally and internationally.
Pualani graduated with a B.A. from Skidmore College in 1992 and a J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1995.
Patty Hoffman, Finance & Human Resources Director
Patty joined the Hui Malama ‘Ohana in January 2007. She is in charge of all Fiscal Operations and policies, Human Resources, grants management, facilities management and database management.
After graduating from Maui High School, she ventured on to the Midwest to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry, from the University of Kansas (hence a huge JAYHAWKS fan). Patty has been in management for a number of years to include General Manager of restaurants, live music clubs and more recently in grants management at the University of Kansas Medical Center and University of Kansas Medical Center Research Institute.
Currently, Patty works with Hui Malama Learning Center as the Finance and Human Resources Director and oversees facility and database management. Patty enjoys working with the staff, students and the Board and challenges all to strive for success. She also enjoys sailing, snorkeling, fishing and just hanging out with her husband Aron, dog Jack and her family and friends.
Shanelle Kaauamo, Programs Specialist
Shanelle greets families / students and maintains the facility and equipment to ensure an optimal learning environment for students. She assists with student registration and matriculation. She also supports Co-Curricular instructors in all program areas.
Shanelle has been a member of Hui Malama Learning Center since June 2010. She was born and raised on Maui and is a 2009 graduate of Maui High School, Go Sabers! Along with her loving boyfriend, Shanelle’s little family is complete with the addition of her pride and joy, daughter Airieana.
She loves to spend time with her family going to the beach, fishing and paddling. For now her work at Hui Malama keeps her busy but in the future she would like to do more traveling.
Haulani Enos, Academic Affairs Specialist
Haulani administers daily operations of the organization, implements and maintains organizational fund development and public relations activities, effectively manages scheduling and support to the Executive Director and organizational staff.
With over 20 years in combined Customer Service and Tourist Industry experience, Haulani has made her way to Hui Malama Learning Center. She has experience in other fields such as pest control, property management and bartending.
A true “Maui” girl, she is a single mom to her 16 year old daughter Anale’a (her sports baby): she’s had her plate full with extracurricular activities for the past 10 years (softball, soccer, track & field). She is proud to say that her daughter is at her old alma mater of Baldwin High School and is getting ready to graduate in 2012. Besides enjoying her job at HMLC, Haulani spends a lot of time with her “extended” family at the beach or at concerts or just hanging out at home. You may even find her in Viva Las Vegas!!!!
Tammy Tanaka, Academic Teacher
Tammy is the language arts and social studies teacher for the Middle school, High school and GED classes. While balancing both individual and group needs, Tammy strives to have each student leave class with a sense of accomplishment and an understanding of what they learned and how to apply her teachings to their lives. Tammy also assists with teaching life skills and etiquette during student meals.
Tammy was born and raised in Happy Valley, Wailuku and truly believes that, compared to all of the places in which she has lived, Maui really is NO KA ‘OI.
Tammy is a 1999 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and has a B.A. in Japanese and English literature from Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. For over seven years, Tammy worked in Japan teaching English in both the countryside of Shimane and the big city of Osaka. She also served as the Education Coordinator for ECC Best Career, the outsourcing division of ECC Foreign Language Institutes of Japan.
Tammy’s favorite food is buri (yellowtail) sashimi, and she enjoys spending her weekends fishing with her family, playing with her niece and watching her youngest brother bodyboard. Tammy is thankful for all of the people she has met throughout her life and agrees with the Japanese proverb, “Ichi-go, ichi-e.” (^_^)v
Aubrey Becker, Academic Teacher
Aubrey has happily been part of the Hui Malama family since January 2012. Her previous experience with Maui youth includes working as support staff for the Department of Defense’s Summer Youth Employment Program, where she got to meet and be influenced by some of Maui’s most dedicated community leaders and young workers.
Aubrey was born on the beautiful and unique island of Maui and raised in Makawao with two older siblings. A lifelong Trojan, she graduated from St. Anthony High School in 2006. There, with the help of some exceptional teachers, she developed a strong interest in lifelong learning that she constantly tries to instill in her own students. After high school, she went on to attend Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY, earning a BA in Liberal Arts in 2010. She spent her eye-opening year abroad studying Russian and trying to keep warm at Irkutsk State University in Siberia, then returned home to study Hawaiian geography and ecology at UH Maui campus. In 2011 she received her MA in Practice and Theory of Translation from Middlesex University in London.
When she isn’t writing up lesson plans, you can find Aubrey working as an agent for Alaska Airlines at the Kahului airport, or tending to her small but flourishing vegetable garden.
Mary Chun, Tutor
Mary works with the GED students and on special Hui projects. Mary is also involved in developing STEM projects that increase Hui Malama’s energy efficiency.
Mary Chun was born on the mainland. She attended a small college where she received her Bachelor of Elementary Education. Later she earned her Masters in Teaching. Mary has taught a variety of age levels from preschool through adult. When asked if she had a particular age group that she preferred she replied, “I don’t have a particular age that I prefer to teach. If someone wants to learn and I can help them accomplish that, I feel rewarded”. This is Mary’s second year on staff.
Mary is currently the GED instructor here at Hui Malama Learning Center.
Haulani Enos, Executive Assistant
See Hauilani’s bio above