Board of Directors
Matt Yamashita, President, was born and raised on Molokai. Five generations of his family call Molokai home. Matt earned a BFA in Film Production from Chapman University in 2000. He has been operating his own video production company, Quazifilms, out of Molokai since 2001. Matt's films have been broadcast nationally and have won awards at national and international film festivals. The subject matter of his films center on environmentalism, culture, and sustainability. Matt is a very active community member and has served on numerous non-profit boards including two full terms at the Molokai Community Health Center. As a father and husband, Matt cares deeply about the wellbeing of all Molokai families.
Ehulani Hope Kane, Vice President, is a Hawaiian woman. She is a mother, grandmother, artist, educator and community activist. For the past 40-plus years, she has devoted her time to being in service to her family, to her art and to the spirit of possibility. Some of the ways Ehulani has engaged with her community on Moloka`i are as community mediator, as educator (theater arts instructor at Moloka`i Community College, as well as offering short term theater workshops for targeted groups on island), as job coach (Ka Honua Momona), as hospice bereavement volunteer (Hospice of Moloka`i), as volunteer for the Moloka`i Climate Change initiative, and as a board member for Molokai Mediation Center, Sustainable Moloka`i, and The Halawa Land Trust. She currently holds a position at Na Pu`uwai Native Hawaiian Rural Health Center as assistant to the executive director, in addition to supporting and advocating for staff. Ehulani is honored to be able to lend presence and offer her heart to the board of MCAPP.
Kelley Dudoit, Secretary, is the Coordinator for the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College on Molokai. She attended Chaminade University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business Management and was named the program's Outstanding Graduate in 2004. She continued her education at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she earned a Master of Education in Education Technology in 2014. She has close to 10 years of working experience at the University of Hawaii. She was born and raised on island of Molokai and is a proud Molokai High School alumni. Kelley serves as the Secretary and Scholarship Chairperson for the Friends of Molokai High and Middle Schools Foundation.
Lailani Apodaca, Treasurer, is currently a life coach with Seek Life First Coaching, where she partners with clients seeking growth and change as they pursue new possibilities for their lives. She specializes in providing support during life transitions (such as relationship changes, health issues, and career moves) by providing tools, perspective and process towards finding clarity and taking positive action. Lailani has served as a therapist at Molokai with Child and Family Service in the areas of sexual assault, child abuse and neglect, and domestic violence; and with the Department of Health Adult Mental Health Division. She is currently an active member of the Molokai chapter of Ho`oikaika Partnership, whose mission is to keep families whole, supported and safe, and is a proponent of expanding opportunities for mentorship.
Paula Toki Araullo Tanemura Morelli, Board Member
From 2013-2017 Paula was the founding executive director of MCAPP.
Paula is a third-generation descendant of Filipino and Japanese immigrants, raised on the Hawaiian Islands of Moloka`i and `Oahu. In August 2016, she retired from University of Hawai`i, Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, as chair of the PhD Program, and Behavioral Mental Health specialization. Her practice and research focus on preventing trauma and improving community-based programs through strengths enhancing evaluation approaches (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEubejt8oUg).