Outstanding Community Leader
Keith Kuboyama is the Executive Vice President of Program and Clinical Services for Family Programs Hawaii. In addition to his leadership at Family Programs, he is recognized for his passion and commitment to helping children overcome trauma and build resilience through strong relationships with their caregivers



Outstanding Government Leader
Lillian “Leo” Asuncion is the Mental Health Supervisor of the Maui Family Guidance Center, part of the Department of Health’s Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division. Leo has been an advocate and leader for getting children the mental health services they need in the rural areas of Maui County. She also conducts domestic violence therapy groups, mentors students through the Hawaiian Scholarship Foundation and is raising three of her ten grandchildren.



Outstanding Adult Consumer Advocate
Justin Phillips is the Outreach Coordinator for the Institute for Human Services. He works in the trenches of street outreach and is known for his special ability to build rapport and connect with people in the most dire situations of homelessness and mental illness. Justin is a bright light in the midst of our homeless crisis.



Outstanding Youth Consumer Advocate
Sanoelani Lanias is a 4.0 GPA senior at Kamehameha Schools Maui who, in dealing with her own mental health, has emerged as a fierce mental health advocate for her fellow students. Sanoe’s senior project is a presentation entitled “Creating Supportive Environments for Students with Mental Health Disorders,” and she is using it to educate the school community and breakdown discrimination and stigma related to mental illness.



Outstanding Family Advocate
Ed and Fredda Sullam are founders and board members of NAMI-Hawaii. They have left no stone unturned in seeking help for their son, who lives with schizophrenia. Over the years they have been instrumental in advocacy for access to treatment and providing support to family members. The Sullams continue to fight for the mentally ill and their families.


Training Director Job Announcement

Mental Health America of Hawaii, the state’s leading mental health advocacy and education organization is seeking a Training Director to be the agency’s lead in developing, adapting and delivering trainings related to the agency’s mission.  This position is full-time and exempt.   Responsibilities include: Develop, adapt, and deliver mental health training covering a broad range […]

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Meet Our New Executive Director Trisha Kajimura

Aloha! It’s an honor to introduce myself as MHAH’s new Executive Director and join in the mission of this organization dedicated to mental wellness for all. I have observed the challenges faced by individuals with mental illness along with their families and loved ones as they struggle to find help and achieve recovery. I have […]

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Mahalo Marya

As Executive Director of Mental Health America of Hawaii for the last 10 years, Marya Grambs has overseen the development of exciting new programs and fostered growth and stability for the organization. Marya’s commitment to education and advocacy surrounding mental wellness and stigma reduction has improved our community for countless individuals and families struggling with […]

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