Chelsie Evans

Chelsie Evans

Executive Director

Chelsie spends most of her time as a chauffeur, really bad chef, and pain in the side to her 3 children. When not doing those things Chelsie has served in the nonprofit world for over 15 years including her role as the Director of Youth Services here at Maui Hui Malama in 2005

Born and raised on the island of Maui with generational roots deep in Molokai, Chelsie has a love for our ‘aina, it’s people, and the ‘ano of this place. She believes she was born to serve Hawaii’s most vulnerable and takes her kuleana to our people with extreme regard.

Mahalo nui to all of those who have taught and grown Chelsie to the space she takes today. She hopes she can deliver even a portion of what those that came before her have delivered.

“One of my favorite quotes, that I often share with kids, is by Robert Louis Stevenson. Quiet minds cannot be perplexed or frightened but go on in fortune or misfortune at their own private pace, like a clock during a thunderstorm.’ That’s Chelsie. She never gives up. Where others would probably put their heads down, run (or walk) away, and hide or cry, Chelsie stands firm and true to herself and her word, in both her personal and professional lives.

She is full of integrity and grit, yet very kind, thoughtful, and empathetic–a great role model for our youth. She invests in us (her employees) by looking for career development opportunities and promoting self-care. And though she works long, hard hours and wears many hats, she is always positive and focused. Chelsie is an outstanding boss who leads by example and inspires us to be our best selves.”

— Tammy Tanaka

“Chelsie is always so positive and calm even when things get crazy.

— Robyn Delima

Tammy Tanaka

Tammy Tanaka

Program Manager

From studying streamlife in Honomanu, to caring for kalo in Waihe’e, and competing poetry contests on O’ahu, Tammy is continuously coordinating unforgettable experiences for Maui Hui Malama’s youth. No matter what she is challenged with, Tammy’s goals are simple—to meet each youth where they are, to encourage and support them to try new things, and to make sure they understand that they belong to the Hui Malama ‘ohana.

So how is Tammy qualified for her job?

She would tell you that her most important credential is that she was born and raised in Happy Valley to a farmer dad and state worker mom who believed in the youth of their community and provided opportunities and support to those who had neither.

Tammy is extremely grateful to be a part of Maui Hui Malama and for the opportunity to continue the kind of give-back work she grew up watching her parents do.

In her free time, Tammy enjoys going on “biki” ventures with her son, Luke Hibiki Kealaula. She also loves hearing him laugh and watching him play and grow up with his “Hui Lama” friends.

“Tammy can fill a room with contagious laughter in a second. To be able to bring such positive energy while delivering such highly skilled services as a Program Director is much valued here at Maui Hui Malama.

She has impacted the lives of many youth. This has caused a ripple effect of strong skills and cohesiveness throughout our community. If I ever had the chance to present Tammy to the world, I would give her a big pretty trophy with ‘Crazy, Awesome, Community Contributor.’”

— Chelsie Evans, Executive Director

“Tammy is so creative and manages to make learning fun.”

— Robyn Delima

Robyn Delima

Robyn Delima

Operations Manager

Robyn was born and raised on the island of Maui and has worked in the banking and non-profit sectors for more than 25 years. She is married and has two children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, reading and watching Hallmark movies.

What she enjoys most about working at Maui Hui Malama is being able to help clients overcome challenges that they never thought they could overcome and seeing the smile on their faces when they are able to accomplish something they once believed was not possible.

“Robyn is the glue of Maui Hui Malama. She tolerates the team’s outlandish ideas and keeps our world in order.

Far too many times throughout the day one of us will say, ‘Robyn, have you seen the…’ This organization runs at an optimal organizational level because of Robyn’s skills and talents.

And the award of “Keeping the world with their heads on straight goes to… Robyn Delima!’”

— Chelsie Evans, Executive Director

“I started calling Robyn “Mama Robyn” as a half-joke years ago because she is the kind of mom you’d see on those old TV shows where they always pick up their kids on time, taxi them to all their practices and appointments, shop, cook, do laundry, and look perfectly put-together throughout all the chaos.  In reality, she is that, and more.

She is a diligent and reliable worker, a supportive team member and friend, and has much compassion for the kids that we serve. She and her husband both come from humble backgrounds, yet they are a great example of how to care for each other and your family while still caring for others.”

— Tammy Tanaka

AJ Buchter

AJ Buchter

Math Tutor

“AJ walks around with a history and a wealth of knowledge that anyone would be lucky to learn about. I feel like people should pay A LOT of money just to have a half hour conversation with AJ.

He delivers math skills to students who hate math like he’s skipping in the park. I’d like to give AJ the award of  ‘Knows Way More Then You.’”

— Chelsie Evans, Executive Director

“Officially, AJ is our math tutor, but unofficially, he’s our “Hui Malama Treasure.” He once showed me his birth certificate. He was born in Germany and lived there during World War II…and has stories to go with it. Another one of my favorite AJ stories is of the time he made his way through a sea of African-American people to ask Muhammad Ali to sign a portrait he had drawn of him.

It’s a story of human connection and courage I’d like all of our youth to hear. Oh, and on another note, though he may seem very calm and reserved, don’t be fooled—AJ has a wild side and has seen most of the greatest rock stars live in concert.  Yeah, that’s AJ—a kind gentleman with a little bit of rock in him.”

— Tammy Tanaka

“The keiki that come here enjoy learning math with Kumu AJ, he teaches it in a way that’s easy to understand.”

— Robyn Delima

Arley Coelho

Arley Coelho

Tutor

Born and raised on the island of Maui, Arley has a deep love for her home. On the weekends, she can be found lying in the sand in Kihei or watching the sunset in Kula. Her perfect day would consist of surfing as the sun rises, spending time with her friends, and barbecuing with her family.

Above all, Arley is a fulltime student in college. While she attends school in Utah, Arley is pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree. She hopes to touch the lives of many in all that she does and has a strong desire to help anyone she can. 

Jadelyn Carillo

Jadelyn Carillo

Tutor

With a strong passion for math, Jadelyn has started her journey towards a math degree and aspires to become a math teacher at Kamehameha Schools Maui. She continues to deepen her passion for math while attending the University of Hawaii Maui College and plans to continue her math journey at a 4-year university.

When she’s not doing math, Jadelyn enjoys going to the beach with her friends, eating lunch with her family, or playing video games. Ultimately, Jadelyn’s goal is to help students find their passion for math in any way she can. She’s learned that it’s not about the subject but about the teacher, and she aspires to inspire many students to love math.