Na Hoaloha welcomes new executive director


Na Hoaloha welcomed new Executive Director Kea Hokoana-Gormley at an open house on May 1. Community agency leaders, volunteers and community business partners joined in the special Lei Day event.

Hokoana-Gormley is known throughout the community as a co-founder of Talking Stories, a 501 (c)(3) local theater group, and as the playwright for “Koi, Like the Fish” and “The Legend of Kaululaau.” She is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapalama. After graduating from the University of Hawaii Maui campus, she received her bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian studies from the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

“I wanted to work with a nonprofit whose mission I believe in,” Hokoana-Gormley said.

Na Hoaloha is a community-driven volunteer organization that provides services by volunteers in service to others. Its mission is to provide compassionate care to seniors and persons with disabilities to help them remain independent and to enhance their quality of life.

The organization has served Maui County for more than 24 years by delivering essential services such as escorted transportation, friendly visitors, telephone reassurance and fall prevention.

Under the guidance and leadership of Hokoana-Gormley, Na Hoaloha plans to build on new and innovative strategies for developing a community model for providing high-quality services delivered by volunteers through training, support and engagement.

As the executive director for Na Hoaloha, Hokoana-Gormley will focus on building organizational capacity that is grounded in the mission and core values of social responsibility and heartfelt compassion.

For more information, visit www.nahoaloha.org.