Lanay’tte “Ku’uipo” Paia is the Program Coordinator of the Hoʻokele Program and has been blessed to serve in her community of Papakolea since November of 2016. Kuʻuipo worked as an outreach specialist under Governor Ige’s administration and has years of experience with some of Hawaii’s top social service organizations. She worked in the social services field for over 18 years, most recently leaving her employment with Salvation Army Family Services as the Program Coordinator. Her passion and motivation is to continue helping those in our community and striving to make a bigger impact in helping Hawaii’s homeless.
Kuʻuipo was born and raised in Papakolea and is part of the Silva, Paia and Kaluna families. She graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1997 and attended University of Hawai’i Mānoa. About 10 years ago, she and her hubby James moved to Aiea with their 3 children but can still be found in Papakolea, every single day. LOL! Papakolea will always be their home!!!!