Support Team

Deb Marois


Deb MaroisDeb Marois began work as the Ho’oikaika Coordinator in September 2021.

As founder of Converge Consulting, Research & Training, she specializes in facilitating collaborative action to create healthier and more equitable communities.

Deb began her career as residential social worker in England before shifting to community and organizational development. She’s worked on a range of issues such as poverty alleviation, maternal and child health, mental health innovation, education reform, and violence prevention. Deb offers expertise in cross-sector community change initiatives; civic engagement; group facilitation; strategic planning; grant writing; participatory action research and evaluation. Her recent projects in Hawai’i include:

Raised in rural upstate NY, Deb lived in Northern California for 25 years before relocating to Maui.  A lifelong learner, she holds a Master of Science degree in Community Development from the University of California, Davis and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the State University of New York at Plattsburgh. Deb is a member of Hawai’i Community Benefits Consultants and volunteer with Mindful Hawai’i and Open Floor International. In her free time, she enjoys snorkeling and free form dance meditation.

Please contact Deb with any questions or reach out to say hello, talk story and share your ideas.

Phone: 808-765-7254


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    Heidi Allencastre

    Heidi Allencastre and her 2 daughtersAs the Ho’oikaika Navigator, Heidi Allencastre connects families with community resources, facilitates communication among agency partners, and provides family strengthening and child abuse prevention education and outreach. She is also currently a student at University of Hawaii Maui College.

    Heidi knows first-hand how challenging parenting can be and what a powerful difference community support makes. When her daughters were both under age five, Heidi worked with Maui Family Support Services to strengthen her parenting. Later, she served as a Parent Educator Intern with Ka Pu’uwai O Na Keiki program and as a facilitator in their Youth Services program.

    Through her various community activities, Heidi shares her mana’o and voice to support the needs of our ‘ohana and the programs that serve them. As a parent, a direct services provider and a Maui native, Heidi feels a kuleana to advocate for changes that result in healthy keiki so that youth can succeed and reach their full potential. She completed the Hawai’i Parent Leadership Training Institute program in 2022.

    Contact Heidi with any questions or reach out to say hello or talk story.

    Phone: 808-666-0147


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      Support is extremely necessary for families to succeed and move past difficult circumstances.

      ~ Heidi Allencastre

      Leinaala Kealoha


      Leinaala Kealoha was born and raised on Maui and is currently in her 3rd semester at the University of Hawai’i, Maui Campus pursuing a degree in Hawaiian Studies. Leinaala brings with her 20 years of experience within the hospitality industry.

      Leinaala is part of the Mu’o a’e scholarship program at the University of Hawai’i and currently serving as an intern with the non-profit Ho’oikaika Partnership. She hopes to learn more about each individual partner.