Na Hoaloha has new executive director

Candice Carter has been selected as Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors’ next executive director. The former Texas AARP associate state director recently moved back to Maui to help care for her parents.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors provides volunteers to help seniors remain in their homes and independent.

Carter was selected following an executive search process. She is a former member of the Maui County Council on Aging and served as the executive director of the Texas Society to Prevent Blindness.

Most recently, Carter served as AARP associate state director (Texas) and AARP state director-special projects (District of Columbia and West Virginia).

Carter has a bachelor of science in gerontology and has a passion for working to help seniors maintain their independence, according to a news release.

“As a local girl, I longed to return home to the islands where I belong,” said Carter. “I am excited and honored to be given this opportunity, and I feel privileged to be able to advocate for seniors as a nonprofit executive director.”

Carter will replace current Executive Director Gerri Shapiro, who retires at the end of December.

For more information about Na Hoaloha – Neighbors Helping Neighbors, call 249-2545 or visit