Keolamaikalani Dean, Esq.

Chief Executive Officer

Position: Keolamaikalani Dean (he/him/kāne) is the Chief Executive Officer of the King Lunalilo Trust & Home.

Background Experience & Education: After graduating from the Kamehameha Schools, Keola obtained his B.A. from Harvard University, M.S. in Accountancy from Bentley University, J.D. from Stanford Law School, and Master of Health Policy & Administration from Washington State University. He practiced public accounting and audit for five years and corporate and securities law for ten years. Most recently, he served for eight years as an executive in the Washington state Medicaid agency, focused on tribal and urban Indian physical and behavioral health care and long-term services and supports. Keola is licensed to practice law in Washington.

Fun Facts, Awards, & Other Unique Qualities: Keola is descended from two very different kahuna lines and enjoys singing and weaving haku lei.

Personal: Keola grew up in Nānākuli, where his mom and grandparents raised him. He is married with four grandchildren and two dogs.

Dr. Kealohaku`ualohaku`upoki`i Balaz, DNP, EMBA

Chief Policy and Compliance Officer

Dr. Poki’i Balaz is a double board-certified family nurse practitioner who aims to serve our kupuna, those with Alzheimer’s, other related dementias, caregivers, and underserved populations such as Native Hawaiians. Dr. Balaz received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from the University of Hawai’i at Hilo and Executive Master of Business Administration from Shidler College of Business with her focus on improving financial resources and advocacy for caregivers. Her focus includes Neurology, Brain Health, La’au Lapa’au, and Native Hawaiian Health. Her professional passion stems from her personal experience as a caregiver to her father who is in the end stages of Alzheimer’s disease, honoring his request to age in place. She is active in the community as a support group facilitator, ambassador, and state champion for the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter, induction chair for Sigma Theta Tau, supporter of Special Olympics, and co-facilitator of the Savvy Caregiver which aims to empower caregivers by providing the knowledge, skills, and outlook to have a successful journey. Dr. Balaz also teaches the Dealing with Dementia and REACH program from the Rosalyn Carter Institute. She is also Regional Trainer for the National Task Group, Dementia Friends, a Positive Approach to Care Champion and currently holds board appointments with the Alzheimer’s Association Aloha Chapter as Vice Chair, Hawai’i Pacific Gerontological Society, The Caregiver Foundation, and Best Buddies. In addition to advocating for various kupuna health initiatives, Dr. Balaz continues to collaborate and provide testimony on policy and advocacy issues. In her leisure, Dr. Balaz enjoys traveling, outdoor activities, or enjoying the view at one of our island beaches.

Ian L. Heilbron, BBA

Director of Finance

Position and Role: Mr. Heilbron is the Director of Finance. His main responsibilities are to maintain the daily operating functions of accounting and provide directors, the CEO, and board of trustees' financial guidance on the organization's operations. He is also tasked with maintaining the legal and regulatory compliance for all financial and reporting functions including audits as well as establishing department budgets, monitoring and analysis of those budgets and strategies to improve revenue and profitability. Mr. Heilbron also tracks, manages and administers the King William Charles Lunalilo Trust, including trustees' monthly commissions, resident subsidies, yearly tax forms and grant reports.

Background Experience and Education: Mr. Heilbron has been in non-profit accounting since 2009. He started his career in Seattle and was part of the rapid expansion of a corneal procurement organization, SightLife. After five years he moved back to Hawaiʻi and worked at Hale Kipa, Inc. for a year before landing at Lunalilo Home. Mr. Heilbron also works as an independent financial advisor to kūpuna and their families. He graduated from Saint Louis High School, and received his BS in Business Administration emphasizing Accounting from Seattle University.

Fun Facts, Awards, and Other Unique Qualities: Mr. Heilbron is versatile in many trades. He learned his handyman mentality growing up with his family who built or renovated homes while living in them. He recollects coming home from school and always having to wipe drywall dust off his desk. Attaining his real-estate license (inactive) at the age of 18, he appreciates architecture and hands-on projects. He is also Lunalilo Home’s resident problem-solver and IT technician.

Personal: Mr. Heilbron is a widower currently residing in Kailua where he grew up and loves visiting his grandmother on a weekly basis. He is a supporter of the Seattle Sounders and Manchester United football club.

Iwalani Kanoelehua Ah Quin

Director of Adult Day Care & Senior Activities

Position and Role: Ms. Ah Quin is the Director of Adult Day Care and Activities. and Residential Kūpuna Activities. Her role is to develop, coordinate, and implement a variety of senior program services that support the mission of the organization. She also coordinates all volunteers and on and off-site cultural programs and special events.

Background Experience and Education:Ms. Ah Quin is a graduate of University Laboratory School in Mānoa and has worked at Lunalilo Home since 1993 in increasingly responsible roles from data entry, office clerk, program coordinator when the Adult Day Care Center was first opened, to Interim Director in 2017 and then Director soon after.

Fun Facts, Awards, and Other Unique Qualities: Ms. Ah Quin is Lunalilo Home’s longest standing employee with 27+ years caring for kupuna. She enjoys working with the kūpuna and says she learns new things from them every day.

Personal : Ms. Ah Quin's mother grew up on Maunalua Bay before Hawaiʻi Kai was developed and she grew up in Kamilo Iki Valley. She believes in Lunalilo's mission and values and entrusted her father's care to the Home for several years before his passing. She currently lives in Kailua and considers Lunalilo her second home.

Daryl-Jean Hau‘oli Keawe-Aiko

Director of Purchasing and Inventory

Position and Role: Ms. Keawe-Aiko is Office, Human Resources & Development Manager for The King Lunalilo Trust and Home, an Aliʻi organization founded by King William Charles Lunalilo. Her role is to provide administrative and human resources support as well as manages the cultivation, growth and stewardship of our constituent base. In addition to continuing Lunalilo Home's traditional annual benefit lū‘au, golf tournament, and Thanksgiving Imu events/fundraisers, she is tasked with creating new development strategies for impactful donor financial support.

Background, Experience and Education: Ms. Keawe-Aiko has always been in an administrative role and enjoys challenging herself, self-learning and excelling in various ways using her problem-solving skills and project management ability to improve efficiency. She found her calling in human resources a decade ago and most recently in health care in caring for kūpuna.

Fun Facts, Awards, and Unique Qualities: Ms. Keawe-Aiko's first love is hula and she has been dancing since the age of six years old...from her Aunty Bunny's garage, to Genoa Keawe‘s Hula Studio under Kumu Hula Huʻi Park, and punahele (favorite) of Kumu Hula Leimomi Ho. In 1976, she studied under Kumu Hula Ed Collier and, in 1979, she was asked to join the competition line of Kumu Hula Leilani Sharpe Mendez at the Merrie Monarch Festivals in Hilo. In 2000, she joined Hālau I Ka Wekiu under nā Kumu Hula Karl Veto Baker & Lanakila Casupang. Although she retired from competition in 2009, Ms. Keawe-Aiko continues to breathe, “Hula is the art of Hawaiian dance, expressing everything we hear, see, smell, taste, touch and feel.” In 2012, she served as Executive Director and, in 2018, as Vice President for her grandmother's organization, The Genoa Keawe Foundation. She is a haumana (student) of Feather Master Paulette “Aunty Puʻu” Kahalepuna and continues to share this beautiful Hawaiian cultural art.

Personal: Ms. Keawe-Aiko's heart and soul is her two children, with her first moʻopuna (grandchild) on the way.

Kama Hopkins

Trust Services Manager

Position and Role: Kama is the Trust Services Manager for The King Lunalilo Trust and Home. His role is to oversee matters concerning the operations of the Trust which include administrative and business operational support for the CEO as well as research and project coordination.

Background Experience and Education: Kama is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and attended Brigham Young University - Hawaii and the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. He served as an Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Aide from 2007 to 2022. He has also served as a Hawaiian Homes Commissioner, a member on the governing boards of Hālau Lōkahi and Kanu O Ka ‘Āina Public Charter Schools and a member of the Hawaiʻi State Board of Habitat for Humanity. Through his public service and experience on various boards, Kama has gained expertise in building good relationships with individuals and organizations within the Native Hawaiian community and other communities throughout Hawaiʻi. Kama currently serves as a member of the Hawaiʻi State Public Charter School Commission, the Mānoa Neighborhood Board, the Board of Directors of Mālama Mānoa and the Board of Directors of Mamaka ‘Aialo.

Fun Facts, Awards, and Unique Qualities: Kama is a member of the Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning Hawaiian music group, Holunape. He is also a member of the musical group, NUE-Nā ʻUkulele ʻEkolu. Kama started out his professional career as a Hawaiian language immersion pre-school teacher and then taught in the elementary, secondary, college and adult education levels. He still enjoys that profession by teaching ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi, ʻUkulele and Bass classes.

Personal: Kama resides in Mānoa with his wife. Together, they have five children and three grandchildren. He enjoys traveling and spending time with his family. When he has time, he enjoys watching procedural police shows on TV and action movies. Kama tries to live each day by one of his favorite sayings…“Always with Aloha.”


Meryl Weiss

Director of Nursing

Position and Role: Meryl is the Director of Nursing for King Lunalilo Trust and Home. Her role is to oversee our nursing and clinical team and make sure the kūpuna are receiving the best care.

Background Experience and Education: Meryl has her Masters Degree in Gerontological Nursing from Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing . She has been working with kūpuna her entire career. She has worked with patients in long-term care, assisted living, hospice, home and acute care. Through out her many years of experience Meryl can truly say her greatest love is the kūpuna.

Fun Facts, Awards, and Unique Qualities: Meryl enjoys visiting the beach and her friends. You can also find her reading in her past time. She loves her Portuguese water dog named Jasmine.

Personal: Meryl loves her family, which consists of her husband, two sons and one granddaughter. She is from New York, and was born in Queens. She loves the culture and atmosphere of Hawaii, and now considers this her home.

Richard Pilar

Facility Manager

Position and Role: Mr. Pilar is the Facilities Manager for the King Lunalilo Trust and Home, overseeing the Maintenance and Housekeeping Departments. His role is to maintain and upkeep Lunalilo Home, its properties, vehicles, appliances and equipment to ensure they meet health and safety standards.

Background Experience and Education: Mr. Pilar is a graduate of St Andrew Academy High School and has worked at Lunalilo Home since 2001 in increasingly responsible roles from maintenance and grounds. His favorite thing to do is making sure the Facility is maintained so that the residents and staff can enjoy it.

Fun Facts, Awards, and Other Unique Qualities: Mr. Pilar loves working with kūpuna so much he owns his own care home in Waipahu. Some of the challenges is of owning a care home is keeping the clients safe and happy.

Personal: Mr. Pilar has a wonderful family that consists of his wife, two sons, and three dogs and he likes to spend his free time cooking in the kitchen and watching sports.

Tammy Mahealani Smith

Dietary Manager

Position and Role: Mrs. Smith is the Dietary Manager for The King Lunalilo Trust and Home and also oversees our expanding Meal Delivery Program. With our unique legacy in delivering culturally competent care to Hawaiian kūpuna and the broader Hawaiʻi senior community, Mrs. Smith’s role is to provide kūpuna with ʻāina based “Mea ʻAi Hawaiʻi,” on a daily basis, not only here at Lunalilo Home but also to kūpuna within the community.

Background Experience and Education: Mrs. Smith graduated from Kapiʻolani Community College’s famed Culinary Arts Program with a degree in Food Service. She is the second-generation owner of Hale Kealoha – ʻAi Pono which she has owned and operated since 1989. Currently her business is operated by her son who is the third generation owner/operator. Mrs. Smith also runs ‘Ai Pono School Lunches, currently serving 300 meals to Charter Schools. Her business experience has provided mea ‘ai for our Lāhui for the past 30 years.

Fun Facts, Awards, and Unique Qualities: Mrs. Smith is very active in her community of Koʻolaupoko. She is the President of Mailikukahi Aina Momona Academy, a traditional Hawaiian ʻāina based enrichment summer program serving keiki of Koʻolaupoko. She also volunteers in her community teaching ‘Ai Pono cooking classes.

Personal: Mrs. Smith is married to Mr. Danny Smith, our Facilities Manager. Together they have 11 keiki and 14 moʻopuna. Her goal is to make sure that Hale Kealoha – ʻAi Pono will always be a kuleana that her family will carry on for generations to come.

Emma Poulson Adolpho

Admissions Manager

Position and Role: Emma is the Admissions Manager for the King Lunalilo Trust and Home, which entails overseeing the admissions and marketing. Her role is to help new families and kūpuna transition to life here at Lunalilo Home. She also reaches out to and involves the community with our Lunalilo Home.

Background Experience and Education: Mrs. Adolpho is a graduate of Weber State University which a degree in marketing. She has worked in admission for over a year and been a part of several marketing campaigns and promotions. She has also had roles in customer service for over six years.

Fun Facts, Awards, and Other Unique Qualities: Emma loves the outdoors. She is from Utah and loves hiking and the beach. She graduated with her degree in honors. She speaks 3 languages: Spanish, Papiamento and English. She loves being with and around people, that’s what makes her happiest.

Personal: Emma has a loving family that lives in Utah. She enjoys activities outdoors, movies and good food. In her free time she likes to paint and thrift shop.