Launch party for new book about animal sanctuary founder’s journey

There will be a book-launch party for “Finding Paradise: Leilani Farm Sanctuary of Maui” from 3 to 5:30 p.m. July 23 at an oceanfront estate in east Haiku with music, pupu, selected readings and book signings.

The book chronicles Laurelee Blanchard’s journey from corporate America to nonprofit animal rescue.

Books will be available for purchase for $20. All proceeds go directly to Leilani Farm Sanctuary of Maui.

Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Reservations are required as space is limited.

Email to RSVP and receive the address and driving directions.

The book takes readers on a tour of Blanchard’s life running a sanctuary for rescued farm animals such as goats, pigs, cattle and chickens in Hawaii.

It quickly rewinds the clock and walks readers down her meandering path to starting the sanctuary, beginning with her childhood, the early experiences that shaped her, a successful career in commercial real estate, the joys and challenges of marriage, and her eventual decision to abandon her pursuit of money to start one of the most well-respected animal sanctuaries in the United States.

Leilani Farm Sanctuary is located on an 8-acre farm in Haiku.

It is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization created to provide shelter and care for rescued animals, humane education to the community and serve as a model of compassionate living.