Hale Kipa was pleased to celebrate many staff milestone anniversaries at our Annual Meeting last month. Beata Saito and Annie Tuiolemotu were two of our honorees.
Beata joined Hale Kipa 15 years ago, working in accounting and human resources. Born and raised in Krakow, Poland, Beata previously lived in Brooklyn before moving to Hawaii after her first visit.
She is an active member of the community, volunteering her time over the past two decades with Shriners Hospitals for Children, which she describes as one of her most cherished experiences. She is also inspired by the staff at Hale Kipa.
“Each day I am reminded of the remarkable work my colleagues do,” she said. “It has been a humbling experience to work with and be surrounded by such an amazing people. This includes not only our staff but also the Board of Directors and all those who dedicate themselves to the youth we serve and to the organization at large.”
Beata studied computer science, and her love of working with numbers led her to a career in accounting. Her husband introduced her to the ocean, and she enjoys paddle boarding and outdoor activities in her spare time. She is also an avid reader and music lover.
Annie has been with Hale Kipa for 10 years, currently serving as assistant program coordinator and case manager for the Emergency Shelter program. She has served as a relief counselor and full-time youth counselor with Passages and Emergency Shelter.
“I feel I can relate to a lot of the youth I serve and enjoy advocating for them,” she said. “Seeing and helping youth tackle obstacles, helping them stay encouraged and determined, even if it’s returning to step one over and over.”
She said she enjoys working with youth alongside the supportive staff and leadership at Hale Kipa, as well as seeing youth conquer challenges and live out their potential.
Annie was born in South Carolina and raised in American Samoa. She holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in criminal justice administration from Chaminade University. She graduated from Leone High School in American Samoa.
She loves spending time with her chihuahua fox terrier, Moana, who is always happy to see her.