Sunshine Kuhia Smith
Programs and Communications Director
Bio coming soon.
A lifelong participant in YMCA programs, I dreamt of being a lawyer and making a difference in our islands. However, after joining the Y as a staff and volunteer, it fostered my sense of purpose. I was able to work in many capacities, serving youth, adults, and our greater community. My journey led me to one of the greatest opportunities yet - the Atherton YMCA.
Since I joined the Atherton family, it had a great vibe and motivated students. It has been an honor to be a part of our growth. Together, we have increased our community outreach, engaged hundreds of students in leadership development, and traveled the islands and the world. And we’ve only just begun! Working with so many gifted and passionate young adults has led me to go back to school. I am a current student at Springfield College, pursuing my bachelor's degree in Human Services.
We constantly find opportunities to serve and learn, allowing Atherton YMCA to discover new avenues and partnerships for further impact. And I’m pleased to be a part of this ride. I can’t wait to see what comes next.
Getting through high school was a close call. With a less than 1.5 GPA, surviving a attempted overdose, and struggling with anxiety and depression, I made it. Looking for work after high school, I never suspected to find my passion, my strengths, and really, myself through what we do at the Y. Not to mention obtaining my Bachelor of Science in Sociology and pursuing my Masters in Public Administration. Opportunities to experience the world shaped my story.
Twelve years ago I participated in a service trip to the Philippines. It was my first international trip and it opened my eyes to a world of global service. Then, ten years ago I was a part of the US delegation participating in the YMCA of Europe's Roots for Reconciliation initiative in Armenia. The idea: to use YMCA programs as the vehicle for peace, reconciliation, and foundation of connection between the people of war torn states.
While we celebrate 150 years of service in Honolulu, we also wrap up Atherton YMCA's participation in the YMCA 175th anniversary in London. Seeing our students thrive at an international conference, catching up with friends from all walks of my own YMCA journey, and learning about the larger connection the YMCA has to other global organizations, especially the United Nations and Amnesty International, I am, for a lack of a better phrase, "fired up" to provide quality experiences like the ones afforded to me, and lead our YMCA into the coming years.
BRANCH BOARD OF MANAGERS
|Lesli Yogi (Chair)||Hawaii P-20, Communications & Engagement Specialist|
|Atina Pascua (Vice Chair)||UH Office of Civic & Community Engagement, Executive Director|
|Kiman Wong (Finance)||Charter Communications, Director of Wireless & Government Affairs|
|Lauren Dookchitra (Secretary) ||Locations Hawaii, Senior Project Development Manager|
|Ann Mahi ||Department of Education, Waianae-Nanakuli Complex Area Superintendent|
|Bryce Uyehara||Bryce E. Uyehara AIA Inc. Architecture, Principal Architect|
|Carl Ackerman||Punahou Schools, Social Sciences Faculty|
|Daniel Port||UH Shidler College of Business, Associate Professor of Information Technology Management|
|Kara Iwasaki||Kumabe HR, Vice President|
|Malia Peters||UH Foundation, Senior Executive Director of Scholarship Development|
|Mike Kawaharada||Englekirk Structural Engineers, Principal|
|Patrick Williamson||Ernest & Young LLP, Senior Manager Advisory Services, Financial Services|
|Stephanie Choi||Stephanie C. Inc., Owner|
|Ben Dookchitra||Eagle Point Hotel Partners LLC, Senior Vice President|
|Nainoa Heaston||Avalon Healthcare Center, Administrator|
|Katie Kaahanui||Chamber of Commerce, Education & Workforce Development Coordinator|
|Christina Andres||Atherton Y Student Board President 2019-2020|
|Jan Iga||Hawaii Dental Association, Director of Human Resources|
|Lanae Santos||Bank of Hawaii, Vice President & Residential Loan Partner|
|Rayen Watanabe||Aloha United Way, Marketing & Communications|
For a list of YMCA of Honolulu Board of Directors please click here.
STUDENT BOARD SY 2020 - 2021
Geneva Dela Cruz
Psychology & Biology
Global Environmental Science & Economics
Global Environmental Science
Public Relations Liaison
Biology & Philipine Language and Literature
Public Relations Liaison
Communications & Film
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