Who We Are
The Kamehameha Schools Parents & Alumni Relations (PAR) Department is here to serve the parents and graduates of Kamehameha Schools. Our staff comes with years of experience and expertise in parent and alumni relations. Collectively, we bring to the department a commitment of diligence and dedication to Kamehameha and the legacy of Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop.
KEIKILANI UEHARA, Parents & Alumni Relations Manager
KALEI ADAMS, Parent Relations Coordinator (Grades K-6)
Kalei joined the PAR staff in 2015. Kalei is the Parent Coordinator for Kamehameha Kapālama Elementary School. A 1991 graduate of Kamehameha School, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband Solomon and their three sons. Kalei looks forward to working with KES families.
LAURIELEI WARACKA, Parent Relations Coordinator (Grades 7-12)
Laurielei “Laurie” Waracka joined the PAR staff in 2005 and is the Parent Coordinator for all of Kamehameha Middle and High School. A 1981 graduate of Kamehameha Schools and a 1985 graduate of Chaminade University, she is right at home at Kapālama.
Daughter Amber (KS ’08) teaches Social Studies at Kalaniana‘ole Elementary and Middle School in Papaiko on Hawai‘i Island; son Logan graduated from Damien Memorial School and works at the family’s electrical business; and youngest daughter Jordyn graduated from Sacred Hearts Academy and is working towards her Master’s in School Counseling at Chaminade University.
KAREN HAMADA, Web Development Specialist
Karen joined the Parents & Alumni Relations department in August 2008 as a Database/Website Assistant. She has over 20 years of experience as an interactive designer which include working at two local agencies (one in advertising and the other in communications) and is a part-time realtor.
Karen loves spending as much time as she can with her first love, her son Chase. She also enjoys doing crafts and photography, traveling, shopping and spending time with friends and family.
KANANI ROMENA, Administrative Coordinator
Kanani joined the PAR staff in August 2014, transferring into PAR from the Religious Services Department. She and her husband William reside in Nānākuli and have three children, Nikki (KS ’14), Dominic, and Justus (KS ’19). In her free time, she enjoys paddle boarding and hiking.
LUANA CHONG, Administrative Support
Luana joined the PAR office as a temp in April 2007, shortly after her retirement from KS’ Land Assets Division, Endowment Group.
Luana and her late husband Vaughn are 1960 KS alumni as are their three children. Five of her 12 grandchildren are KS graduates and two are current students. She is also the great-grandmother of three and enjoys spending time with family.
She appreciates working in the PAR office and making positive contributions as a member of the team. She is a class rep and active participant with her class of 1960.