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Where Moms Empower Moms!

Moms In Hawaii is a warm, welcoming ‘ohana or family; a community that is active and caring and we are happy you are here!

This community shares information and conversation on our website, momsinhawaii.com, as well as on our social media platforms (Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.)

Our moms also love getting together IRL (In Real Life) at community and sponsor events, as well as informally whenever possible for things such as a hike, a cup of coffee, or a day at a favorite keiki-friendly beach or park.

We are also very excited about our mom bloggers and all the new content that is coming from moms with something to say on a variety of topics! We hope you enjoy the different topics, perspectives, wisdom and humor you’ll encounter in these blogs! And, if you are a mom blogger who would like to be featured on our website, or if you aspire to be one, click here to let us know.

Enjoy this site, our social media platforms and being part of this community in whatever ways work best for you. Please feel comfortable letting us know what you like and what you’d like more or less of, as well any new ideas you have.

E komo mai!

Executive Team

A lot goes on at Moms In Hawaii on a day-to-day basis and there are two people who make sure that we are serving this community at the highest level every day.

Nicole Okamura

Chief Executive Mom

As the mother of two boys, Nicole loves being a baseball mom. Although her life is often structured around practices and games, her professional passion is fulfilled by event planning, social media engagement and getting to know other moms! As the Chief Executive Mom of Moms in Hawaii, Nicole loves creating events and campaigns that support and connect moms throughout the islands.

With her background in client services and event planning, she enjoys working with sponsors and partners to build events, strong brand identity with moms, and engaging promotional campaigns. Her interest lies in creating bonding opportunities for the mom community by providing a safe environment for moms to empower one another. In addition, Nicole’s background includes budgeting, media buying, production coordination, and organizational communication. Nicole is happy to connect her passions and expertise to what she calls, her “perfect job” at Moms In Hawaii.

Q&A:

What do you and your family enjoy doing together?

Our family loves movies! We have an extensive collection of DVDs at home but we also love watching movies in the theater.

What is your go-to meal for the family?

I actually have a handful of go-to meals. However, the one meal that everyone enjoys most is my sukiyaki. I can get that on the table in 15 minutes!

What does being a mom mean to you?

Being a mom means providing a safe and loving environment for my children so they can grow, discover and develop into the best people they can be. There is nothing more fulfilling than to watch your children recognize their own self-worth.

What do you like most about working with and in support of moms?

I love connecting moms with one another. I also enjoy introducing these dynamic women to companies and organizations that believe in the power of moms. It is empowering for me to engage our moms in providing their thoughts and opinions to people who value what they have to say.

In Addition

Kitty Lagareta

Strategic Planning Tutu

In addition, Moms In Hawaii has a “tutu” who helps us with business, marketing and life advice on a regular basis:

Kitty Lagareta is the mom of two grown sons, mom-in-law to the two amazing women who are married to her sons, and “Tutu” to four grandsons ranging in age from teenager to toddlers. She is also the Chief Executive Officer of Hawaii’s top full-service public relations and marketing firm, Communications Pacific and Strategic Planning Tutu for Moms In Hawaii.

Kitty’s passion is community service. She was a founding board member and the first executive director of Hawaii’s Ronald McDonald House while still in her 20’s. She currently serves on a number of volunteer boards including: American Red Cross-Hawaii Chapter, the Education Institute of Hawaii, Assets School, the Homeless Veterans Task Force, March of Dimes-Hawaii Chapter, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Diamond Head Theater. She was the first Pacific Business News “Businesswoman of the Year” in 1999.

She brings experience in business, communications, marketing and life, to Moms In Hawaii, as well as a true passion for supporting other women in their personal and professional lives, particularly moms. Kitty works closely with our staff leaders, Mom Squad advisory board and founding partners to plan strategies that keep our community of moms growing and engaged.

Q&A:

What do you and your family enjoy doing together?

When my sons were young it was going to the beach and their sports activities. These days, when we get together we generally have four generations playing board games, cards, cooking great family recipes and just making each other laugh.

What is your go-to meal for the family?

I am known for my turkey tacos and whenever I am with my adult sons, I am required to make my tacos.

What does being a mom mean to you?

Being a mom means raising kids who are capable of living well in the world without you. “Living well” means different things to different people, but to me it means helping your children develop the skills and confidence to create a life for themselves that brings them fulfillment and joy.

What do you like most about working with and in support of moms?

With her background in client services and event planning, she enjoys working with sponsors and partners to build events, strong brand identity with moms, and engaging promotional campaigns. Her interest lies in creating opportunities for the moms to empower and support each other by providing a comfortable and respectful environment to do so. In addition, Nicole’s background includes budgeting, media buying, production coordination, and organizational communication. Nicole is happy to connect her passions and expertise to what she calls, her “perfect job” at Moms In Hawaii.

I became a mom for the first time when I was 19 years old and I was fortunate to have women in my family who are role models, and wonderful friends of all ages, who helped me learn to navigate my life journey in those early days of motherhood and beyond. I have always been grateful for and enriched by the support of other women as a mom.

Advisory Board

Moms in Hawaii is run by moms for moms.

We have an advisory board made of up of some of our most engaged moms who are affectionately called “The Mom Squad” and they meet at least quarterly. They also provide counsel and direction on everything we do almost daily. Please meet the Moms In Hawaii advisory board members:

Chastity (Chas) Tadani

Chastity is a mother of 7, and step-mother of 1.  Recently married to someone as crazy as she is, the “ying” to her “yang”, her true “Knight In Shining Armor”, Chas and her husband, Tiny, enjoys sports, spending time with all of their kids, cooking, eating, and traveling.

Full Bio

Mom Squad member since 2011

Chastity is a mother of 7, and step-mother of 1.  Recently married to someone as crazy as she is, the “ying” to her “yang”, her true “Knight In Shining Armor”, Chas and her husband, Tiny, enjoys sports, spending time with all of their kids, cooking, eating, and traveling.  She works at one of the largest banks in the state as a Risk Management Officer, and is a licensed Zumba instructor.

Q. What is the best mom tip you’ve ever received?

A. Never take any tips from other people, especially other moms. Hahaha!! Every baby, every child, every mother, every growing pain, every family is different. Do what YOU feel is right. Screw everyone else!

A fun fact about yourself or your family:

I don’t think I’m fun at all, but I must be pretty entertaining to many people. I often get asked these questions, which I think are pretty funny, so I’ll just help everyone out by answering them.

Q. Are all 7 of your kids YOURS?

A. No, I found a few on the road, so I took them home. YES, they are mine.

Q. Did you give birth to all of them?

A. As far as I know, yes. Yes, I was pregnant 7 different times and yes, I delivered all of them, after like 2 – 3 pushes. No, seriously.

Q. Did you WANT that many kids?

A. No, actually. They just kept magically appearing. Yes. I wanted at least 6, so #7 was just a bonus!

Candace (Candie) Hattori

Candie was born and raised on O’ahu, and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She is a flight attendant however, and loves the having ability to travel all over – if only she had the time!

Full Bio

Mom Squad member since 2011

Candie was born and raised on O’ahu, and couldn’t imagine living anywhere else. She is a flight attendant however, and loves the having ability to travel all over – if only she had the time! Candie is married to her just-after-high-school sweetheart, and together they have three daughters. The family shares their home with two cats, one of whom thinks he is a dog, so that makes life pretty interesting. Candie loves to read, write, and talk about all kinds of things, but if you ever want to talk about the Twilight series of books and movies, Candie will be especially enthusiastic!

The best parenting tip I ever received was from my mom. She told me to remember that “This too, shall pass.’ The crying stages of infancy…the potty training problems…the testy homework issues…all of these problems will pass in time. Hang in there, and keep doing you best!”

A fun fact about myself:

I once camped out in line on a sidewalk for 6 days with a group of friends, so that we could be first in line at San Diego Comic Con to see our favorite author and actors from the Twilight movies, and it was so much fun that I’d do it again in a heartbeat.

Cindy Spreg

Cindy is a mom of three and has been a wise-cracking, action-oriented member of Moms In Hawaii since the beginning.

Full Bio

Mom Squad member since 2011

Cindy and her husband are from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, but their kids were all born in Hawaii. She’s here to stay! During her 10-year stint as a stay-at-home mom, Cindy immersed herself in the Oahu mommy-circuit where her world was full of local play groups, outings and infant/toddler/preschool classes.

Cindy runs on fumes, coffee and heavy metal. \m/(>.<)\m/

What do you and your family enjoy doing together?

For my family it’s often more about spending time together doing the same thing rather than it being about the activity itself. This is something that’s constantly evolving, led by whatever the kids are into.

What is your go-to meal for the family?

Spaghetti dinner. It’s the one meal that everyone likes to eat, nobody ever complains about, and everyone is capable of preparing on their own even though we enjoy preparing it together as a family.

What does being a mom mean to you?

My favorite parenting adage is “There are two gifts we should give our children: one is roots and the other is wings.” To me, being a mom means laying a good foundation for my kids and nurturing them to have confidence to go out into the world. It’s a journey and a balancing act.

 

Selene Horita

Selene has been an elementary school teacher for over 10 years. She enjoys playing soccer, running, and baking, and of course spending time with her two boys and her husband.

Full Bio

Mom Squad member since: 2011

She enjoys playing soccer, running, and baking, and of course spending time with her two boys and her husband.

Best mom tip you’ve ever received:

Take lots of pictures because time passes so quickly!

Fun fact about yourself:

Selene has completed 5 marathons and a number of other “crazy” races like the warrior dash and the Spartan challenge.

Larisa Majors

Larisa is a book lover and work from home mom to two boys (13 and 5). Larisa spends her days juggling her duties working for the local non-profit Family Hui Hawaii, blogging, reading, and her new involvement in practicing yoga.

Full Bio

Mom Squad member since: 2016 (was first a Mom Squad member in 2010)

Larisa is a book lover and work from home mom to two boys (13 and 5). Larisa spends her days juggling her duties working for the local non-profit Family Hui Hawaii, blogging, reading, and her new involvement in practicing yoga. Larisa enjoys meeting new people, outdoor activities, all things books, and movies starring Keanu Reeves. Larisa and her husband can often be found relaxing at the beach with the kids, hiking with their sons, and taking goofy selfies along the way to document their adventures. Larisa joined Moms In Hawaii to connect with other fun, adventurous Hawaii moms.

What is the best mom tip you’ve ever received?

One day, it will ALL be funny.

A fun fact about yourself or your ‘ohana

Our family eats picnic dinners at least once a week… sometimes at the beach or a park, but sometimes it’s on our living room floor. It is our version of the family sit down dinner together. It’s a chance to relax and listen to each other in a not so stuffy environment. All food tastes better picnic style.

Kimi Morton

Kimi is a mom of 2 and has worked with Moms In Hawaii since 2011. As a life and fitness coach, blogger, writer, and teacher, her personal mission is to inspire and empower others to live their happiest, healthiest lives.

Full Bio

Mom Squad member since: 2011

Kimi is a mom of 2 and has worked with Moms In Hawaii since 2011. As a life and fitness coach, blogger, writer, and teacher, her personal mission is to inspire and empower others to live their happiest, healthiest lives. A Trainer and Manager at Egan’s Fit Body Bootcamp, Inspired Fitness and Nutrition Teacher and Productivity Coach at Happiness U, and Purium Health Products Business owner, Kimi works with clients everyday to help them discover and achieve their personal goals. Rather than compartmentalizing the physical well-being in the pursuit of health and happiness, Kimi’s wellness philosophy is to address physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health and balance. Through this integrated approach, Kimi works with people to create happy, balanced bodies and lives.

What is the best mom tip you’ve ever received?

Taking care of yourself first is not selfish, it is the best thing you can do for your family. Put your oxygen mask on first so you have the strength, energy, and presence to care for those around you.

A fun fact about yourself or your ‘ohana

Me and my kids have a little game we play called “alone in an elevator”. Any time we find ourselves in an elevator alone, we dance and sing like crazy. We freeze right before the door opens and new people enter the elevator and put super serious faces on. The new people in the elevator with us have no idea we were just rockin’ out and we smirk and giggle at our little family secret. I’m sure lots of elevator surveillance cameras have captured our antics.

Nohea Mulleitner

Nohea is a bonus Mom to two girls. They enjoy spending time together fishing, doing crafts and playing with their dog `Anela.

Full Bio

Mom Squad member since 2011

Nohea is a bonus Mom to two girls. They enjoy spending time together fishing, doing crafts and playing with their dog `Anela. Nohea is a graduate of Hawai`inuiakea (the school of Hawaiian knowledge) at the University of Hawai`i. She has a BA in Hawaiian language and has used her degree in various teaching capacities. She has experience teaching students from pre-school to parents. Now she enjoys flying the Hawaiian skies as a flight attendant.

Michelle Okimoto

Michelle is an elementary teacher by trade, but a mom at heart. Currently a stay-at-home mom, she enjoys being home to homeschool her young children but looks forward to returning to the classroom someday.

Full Bio

Mom Squad members since 2012

Michelle is an elementary teacher by trade, but a mom at heart. Currently a stay-at-home mom, she enjoys being home to homeschool her children but looks forward to returning to the classroom someday. She grew up in the Midwest and moved to Oahu after marrying her college sweetheart, whose family is from the leeward side. They have two sweet kiddos who keep them busy exploring this beautiful island. Their family takes pleasure in being deeply involved in the local community. Michelle has held various positions in local service organizations, in most recent years as membership vice-president and then president of the MOMS Club of Oahu-Leeward, an international non-profit support group for SAHMs.  Currently, she heads up an online homeschool group in her town on Oahu. She is happy to be a Mom Squad member and sees MIH as an amazing community resource, doing wonderful things for families in Hawaii.

The best mom tip I’ve ever been given is:

Children need love and leadership. Be a leader.

A fun fact about us:

We lived in Germany before moving to Hawaii and starting our family.

Sherilyn Oliver

Sherilyn is a busy mom to two very active little ones, ages 7 and 8. Her life is consumed with her kids and their activities, which include soccer, more soccer, Music Makers (like a Christian chorus group), gymnastics, being a parent volunteer at their school, and more soccer.

Full Bio

Mom Squad member since 2011

Sherilyn is a busy mom to two very active little ones, ages 7 and 8. Her life is consumed with her kids and their activities, which include soccer, more soccer, Music Makers (like a Christian chorus group), gymnastics, being a parent volunteer at their school, and more soccer. Did I mention soccer? Sherilyn has a background in human resources, sales and marketing, and education. She previously had the opportunity of a lifetime to teach English overseas in Bangkok, Thailand for three years. Sherilyn so appreciates Moms in Hawaii and all that they do to support and encourage other moms through online conversations, meet-ups, contests, etc. She feels so honored to be a part of the Mom Squad leadership team and to be that “voice” that represents other moms.

What is the best mom tip you received:

As far as the best mom tip I received, it would have to be to not worry so much about being that “picture perfect” mom. You will have bad days, days that you feel like you want to throw in the towel, days that you feel like nothing is going well, days that you think that no one else has problems, days that you think that the world is caving in, etc. Believe it or not, even though a person may seem to have it “all together” maybe there’s a part that isn’t perfect, you just don’t see it. In other words, don’t compare yourself to others. You are you’re own person and you are unique–so is your child. Take each day as it comes and learn from your mistakes and go forward.

A Fun Fact about yourself or your family:

Well, I would have to say that my kids are hams. They love doing selfies and their own music videos. Once they even got dad to join in with them–it was so hilarious.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a Mom Squad member, please email your inquiry to Nicole Okamura, Chief Executive Mom at nicole@momsinhawaii.com

Sponsors & Partners

In the beginning, we didn’t want to fund what we do by selling advertising on our site. We had an idea that there are companies out there who believe moms are important and influential in every aspect of life and being involved in something that is for moms, about moms, and in support of moms would appeal to these companies. We approached a selected few companies to see if we were right and the result was that some amazing businesses stepped up as our Founding Sponsors. These companies provide the dollars and support that allow Moms In Hawaii to be here for our moms community. Please meet our Founding Sponsors:

McDonald’s ® Restaurants of Hawaii a proud sponsor of the MomsInHawaii.com community. McDonald’s of Hawaii supports many annual family-friendly events and organizations in Hawaii, including Children & Youth Day, Hawaii Robotics Competition, Visitor Industry Charity Walk, and the State Library Summer Reading Program. McDonald’s of Hawaii has 74 restaurants and more than 4,600 employees in the state.

McDonald’s prides itself on offering career opportunities to employees; most managers stay with the company for more than 18 years. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Hawaii is McDonald’s Restaurants of Hawaii’s charity of choice. McDonald’s conducts year-round fundraising for RMHC Hawaii through its stores, housing coin collection canisters and hosting various in-store promotions. You can receive updates on McDonald’s local news, products, promotions and events via Twitter (@McDonaldsHawaii) and McDonald’s of Hawaii 74 Facebook pages.

Other Partners

Media Partner

Community Partners

Promotional Partners

Are you a business interested in joining our family of sponsors, please contact us and we will get back to you right away!