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Office of Aging - Staff

Executive of Aging

C. Kimo Alameda, PhD.

A graduate of St. Joseph High School who obtained a baccalaureate in psychology from Hawaii Pacific University and then a master’s degree from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 1992. After several years in Hawaii’s Department of Education, Dr. Alameda went back to school and received a doctorate in cultural, educational, and psychological studies from the University of Nebraska.  In 2000, Dr. Alameda worked for the State’s Department of Health Children’s Division as a behavioral consultant. In 2005 he worked for the Adult Mental Health Division as the Director for the Office of Multicultural Services, and in 2010 he took on a larger role with the Department of Health as the Department’s Administrator of the Office of Health Equity. Dr. Alameda also teaches courses at the University of Hawaii-Hilo, is a popular statewide speaker on mainstream issues, and the host for Na Leo’s tv show called “Rise Above Hawaii with Dr. Kimo”. Dr. Alameda coaches a number of youth sports and with his wife Star are the  proud parents of seven children.

Access Division

The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)

Information, Assistance, Referral, and Options Counseling

If you have questions about information and resources in the community, the Access Division is here to help you. Each person’s journey related to aging will be different, so we encourage you to contact us with your questions.

What should you expect when contacting the ADRC? An ADRC staff will conduct a brief intake to collect your contact information and a brief description of your questions, concerns, or needs. Your intake will be forwarded to one of our Aging and Disability Services Specialists who will contact you to discuss your request and provide you with as many applicable options and resources.







Back row (L to R): Wesley Tanigawa, Jolean Yamada, Alice Bratton; Seated: Nic Los Banos

The Aging and Disability Services Specialist team is led by Aging and Disability Services Manager, Nic Los Banos. Nic is a graduate of Waiakea High School and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration and a Master of Arts in Organizational Change. He has been with the Hawaii County Office of Aging since 2009.

Jolean Yamada, our Aging and Disability Services Specialist II, has been with the Hawaii County Office of Aging since 2012. She holds a bachelors degree in sociology and carries a plethora of knowledge in the health and human services field from her experience with the Department of Human Services MedQuest Division and the Adult Protective Services Division.

Wesley Tanigawa is one of our Aging and Disability Services Specialist I team members. Wesley holds a bachelors degree in business management and a wealth of experience from his history working with The Arc of Hilo and Legal Aid Society of Hawaii. He is originally from Kauai, but has been here on Hawaii Island since 2003.

Alice Bratton, is our Aging and Disability Services Specialist I at the West Hawaii Civic Center, and is the newest member to our Access Division team. She holds a bachelors degree in social work and has substantial experience in the field of social services. Prior to joining the ADRC team, she served as a parent support for nine years with Hawaii Families as Allies. She is originally from Indiana but has lived in Japan for 20 years and has been a resident of Holualoa for 20 years.

And…Lets welcome our new half-time employees , who comes to the ADRC from the Hawaii County Paratransit Department, and Leilani Nielsen who comes with tons of experience as a teacher and community advocate. 

Case Managment and Home-based Providers


Jolene Yamada has been temporarily assigned to this position.


Administration Services Division

Human Resources, Fiscal, and Disability Placards

The Administrative section of the Hawai‘i County Office of Aging is primarily responsible for the issuance of Disability Placards, providing information and assistance to the public and the general administrative and fiscal duties of the department.


Christina Raine (middle) is an Administrative Services Assistant I, who oversees our accounting and human resource processes and supervises the administrative staff.  Christina has a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and over 20 years of experience in administrative and fiscal matters.  She recently became a Certified Information & Referral Specialist for Aging/Disability to better serve our community members needing assistance. oversees Administrative Services. 

  • Kalen Koga (left) A graduate of Waiakea High School, who received a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications from UNLV. He started in the County working as a Council Aide for J Yoshimoto and Aaron Chung . Kelen then starting working for the Office of Aging as of January 2016, and Luana Ancheta-Kauwe (right) has been working for HCOA over 15 years as an Information & Assistance Clerks for East Hawaii
  • Bernie Canda has also been working for HCOA over 10 years with aloha. She is the Information & Assistance Clerk that resides at the West Hawaii Office of Aging


Information Management

William “Horace” Farr

William “Horace” Farr, Information System Analyst IV is starting his 27th year at Hawaii County Office of Aging.  As System Administrator for the Office of Aging, he is responsible for the Harmony Information System’s (HarmonyIS) Social Assistance Management System (SAMS) database on the State system.  He maintains and monitors SAMS organizational, security, HIPAA, and programmatic structure to ensure Federal and State funding and service delivery compliance.  Horace also provides system and data support for office staff and contracted service providers. Born and raised in Hilo, he and his wife Anna, a Registered Nurse who works for Hawaii Pacific Oncology Center, Hilo Medical Center, are life-long residents of Hilo.

Planning & Program Development Division

Clayton Honma

Clayton comes to the Hawaii County Office of Aging (HCOA) with eight years of experience as the Director of Parks and Recreation (P&R) overseeing all aspects of P&R including parks maintenance, elderly activities, culture and education, the municipal golf course, pana’ewa recreational complex, and all of recreation. His leadership, extensive experience in public relations, and strategic planning expertise has been well received by the Office of Aging and the aging-network. A proud graduate from Honokaa High School, Clayton got his bachelors degree in sociology from the University of Hawaii at Hilo. He currently resides in Keaau with wife Cynthia, and two daughters Bethany and Maela.  Clayton enjoys coaching basketball, fishing, traveling, spending quality time with family and friends, and following his daughters in their athletic endeavors.

Debbie Wills

Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Debbie has made Hawaiʻi her home for over 40 years.  Since graduating from Colorado Rocky Mountain High School near Aspen, she lived on Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Hilo, and Kona.  Debbie studied Elementary Education and Anthropology at UH Manoa and UH Hilo, and received her Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in Hilo.  Debbie has worked for the County of Hawaiʻi for 18 years.  After working as CSW and the West Hawaiʻi Program Director for Coordinated Services for Elderly for 8 years, she has been a Planner with Office of Aging since 2007.  Debbie oversees contracts for Hawaii County’s Nutrition Program, senior volunteerism, and senior transportation. Her son, Keola O Makani, was raised on the Big Island and graduated from Konawaena.   Debbie is thrilled that Keola has recently moved back home from Lake Tahoe with his wife and two children, Haukea Anela (4 yrs) and Kalāpāwai (2 yrs).  Her hobbies now include babysitting and napping.  Before becoming a Tutu, Debbie enjoyed going to the beach and golfing.

M. Keola Kenoi-Okajima

M. Keola Kenoi-Okajima started with HCOA in 2013 as one of the Planners.  She oversee’s contracts for senior employment training, legal services, health aging initiatives, transportation services, counseling services for kupuna and their families, and has a special interest in grandparents raising grandchildren. A local girl who grew up on the Big Island, and graduate of Waiakea High School and the University of Hawaii at Hilo of which she received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Prior to her work with HCOA, Keola worked for the State Department of Health as a care coordinator responsible for case management of children and adolescents eligible for mental health services. Keola enjoys working with kupuna and their families and will be the first to say ‘I love my job.”

HCOA Trainee Program

HCOA is proud to be a site for training seniors through the county Senior Training and Employment Program (STEP). If you or someone you know is unemployed, low-income, or 55 yrs and over, have them call STEP at 961-8750. STEP helps seniors receive training which allows them to return to the workforce, while providing them with part-time work.

Pat Yamamoto

Mary McLaughlin

HCOA Volunteer Program

HCOA welcomes general volunteers and volunteers through the Retired Volunteer Employment Program (RSVP) to work with our staff in helping kupuna and people with disabilities navigate their way to services and supports. It’s a great way to gain experience in the helping profession as well as work alongside experts in the field of aging and disability. If you or someone you know wants to volunteer a couple hours a week, please have them call the office at 961-8600. Below are our fabulous volunteers. We thank them for their love and aloha for the people we serve.


Alice Andagan

Nu’u McKeague

Carol DeLima

Laraine Kawasaki

Stephanie Shirota


Brittnie Walker