We would like to introduce Kauai to Kumu’s Cupboard, Kauai’s new nonprofit store where teachers can shop for free. Kumu’s Cupboard is filled with school supplies, office supplies, materials for art and science projects, and student incentives.
Many educators spend their own money to enhance the education of their students whether to buy basic school supplies or materials for a special project. Kumu’s Cupboard, located in Kukui Grove Center, opened January 28, 2017, to support public, private and charter school K-12 teachers, counselors, and educational assistants.
Our store is located at Kukui Grove Center, across from Deli & Bread and next to Macy’s, in Lihue.
Regular hours are Tuesdays 4-7pm, Fridays 4-7pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm. You may shop once per month. Please bring your school ID and your own bags.
Board of Directors
Sharon Lasker, Founder and Co-President
Sharon Lasker is the Director of Marketing and Community Relations for Regency at Puakea. Sharon obtained a BA in Elementary Education from Clemson University. She started her career as a public school teacher, then gravitated towards preschool and childcare management. Additionally, she worked for the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis as a Program Director over kindergarten and school age programs. Sharon is the President of the Kauai Committee on the Status of Women, and active in both the Kauai Chamber of Commerce and the Kauai Filipino Chamber of Commerce. Sharon’s greatest passion, since arriving on Kauai in 2010, has been as a Guilda, the volunteer arm for Kauai Child and Family Service. She’s headed up their Backpack Brigade project, which provides backpacks and required school supplies each year to Kauai’s children most in need, for several years. Sharon’s passions have always centered around children and families. She enjoys living in Kalaheo with her husband Chuck and their little Shih Tzu, Petey.
Elyse Litvack, Founder and Co-President
I have lived on Kauai since September of 2012, but have had a strong affinity for Kauai since our first visit in 1986. We spent our summers on Kauai beginning in 2002. I was an elementary school teacher in Seattle, Washington for 30 years, teaching primarily 2nd grade, 5t grade, and the last four years, a science pullout program. I also taught a pre-service science class at University of Washington, Bothell in the winter of 2011. On Kauai I am glad to work with students through the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge’s “Albatross Lifecycle” program. I am also on the board of The Mokihana Club, Women in Theater, and Kauai Jewish Community. I am a member of AAUW (American Association of University Women). I am delighted to be involved with the founding of Kumu’s Cupboard.
Stacie Chiba-Miguel, Secretary
Born and raised on Kauai, Stacie Chiba-Miguel relocated home after spending 15 years in Colorado and New York City to settle down and raise a family. She is a Real Estate Manager with CBRE and involved in community organizations focused on education and anti-bullying initiatives. After graduating from college, Stacie spent ten years in New York City working in marketing, public relations and human resources. She is a graduate of Colorado Mesa University (formerly Mesa State College) with a BA in Communications and Public Relations. Stacie lives in Kalaheo with her husband, Robert, daughter Emalia and fur baby (dog) Kai Nalu.
Sherry Gonsalves, Director
Sherry Gonsalves is currently the principal of Kilauea School where she strives to inspire both children and adults to build upon their strengths in order to attain their greatest potential. She has been an elementary school administrator in the State of HI over the past 12 years following a 9 year career of teaching students with special needs in both HI and TN. Sherry received her B. S. in Special Education from Bethel College in McKenzie, TN, her M. Ed. in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, TN and an Ed. S. in Administration Supervision from Tennessee State University in Nashville, TN. In addition, Mrs. Gonsalves is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Kauai, Kauai District Board Rep. for HEMSAA (Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association) and member of Delta Kappa Gamma Xi. Originally from TN, Sherry has made her home on Kauai for the past 15 years where she resides with her husband.
Robyn Keawe, Director
Robyn Keawe is a recently retired educator who worked for 45 years in the Department of Education. She has taught at middle and high school levels and been a counselor working with elementary to high school students since 1979. Her last fourteen years were spent as a counselor at Kapaa High School. Robyn has both her counselor certification and a Masters Degree in Social Work. Robyn lives in Wailua Homesteads with her husband, Kimo.
Barbara Natland, Director
I spent an enjoyable career as an educator for the State of California and the State of Hawaii. I taught all subjects in grades K-8. My last assignment was that of a Science Core teacher at one of first 50 NASA Explorer Schools – Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School. Since my retirement from the Hawaii Department of Education, I currently serve on the Board for Hawaii State Teachers’ Association-Retired as well as KEASA (Kauai Education for Astronomy and Science Education). I also hold an appointment by NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a community educator in the field of astronomy education. I enjoy volunteering at my local church, Kauai Christian Fellowship. But my life would not be complete without the joy of my loving husband, wonderful children and lively grandsons.
Merna (Kam) Jim
Merna (Kam) Jim is currently a fifth grade special education teacher at Kapaa Elementary School. She has been teaching at Kapaa Elementary School since 1989. Prior to entering the education profession, Merna was a Registered Occupational Therapist working with infants, toddlers and pre-school aged children in an early child development program in the Salt Lake City, Utah. Also, as an Occupational therapist, Merna has had experience working with special needs students on Oahu, both in the alternate school setting (Olomana School) and in the public school setting (Windward School District).
Merna appreciates the support she has had through the years from her family, friends, and colleagues.