Resident a finalist for national award

Laurelee Blanchard, founder and president of Leilani Farm Sanctuary in Haiku, has been named a finalist to receive the prestigious Lady Godiva award, honoring women in local communities who make a difference every day, according to a news release.

Blanchard was nominated for providing care for rescued animals and humane education to the community through the all-volunteer nonprofit organization she founded six years ago. She is one of three finalists in the environment category.

Three Lady Godiva honorees will receive $10,000 each to support their work. The voting period ends May 15.

To vote, visit

Leilani Farm Sanctuary, located on 8 acres in Haiku, is home to more than 200 rescued animals, including donkeys, pigs, goats, ducks, cats, rabbits, chickens, tortoises, guinea pigs, geese and a deer. The sanctuary provides educational programs for special-needs visitors and at-risk youth.

Farm tours are available to the general public at 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. Saturdays. Reservations are required.

For more information, email or call 298-8544.