We would like to introduce Kauai to Kumu’s Cupboard, Kauai’s 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 near the old Kmart, opened January 28, 2017, to support public, private and charter school K-12 teachers, counselors, and educational assistants.
Calendar and Hours
- Tuesdays 3:30pm-7:00pm
- Fridays 3:30pm-7:00pm
- Saturdays 10:00am-3:00pm
- Sundays 1:00pm-4:00pm.
You may shop once per month. Please bring your school ID and your own bags.
Kumu’s Cupboard will be closed from: May 25th- July 15th.
We will resume regular hours on Tuesday, July 16th.
Additional Back to School Hours:
Monday July 22nd: 10:00am- 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 24th: 10:00am- 2:00pm
Monday, July 29th: 10:00am – 2:00pm
Wednesday, July 31st: 3:30pm – 7:00pm
Teacher Institute Day:
Thursday, February 13th: 12:30pm – 4:00pm
2019-2020 Store Closures:
Labor Day: August 30 - September 1st
Fall Break: October 4th – October 11th
Thanksgiving: November 29th – December 1st
Winter Break: December 20th - January 3rd
Spring Break: March 13th – March 20th
Easter Weekend: April 10th– April 12th
Our store is located at the old Payless Shoes location in the Kmart shopping center, in Lihue.
Board of Directors
Elyse Litvack, Founder and 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.
Sharon Lasker, Founder and Vice President
Sharon Lasker 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 Chair of the Kauai Committee on the Status of Women, and on the Board of Directors of the Kauai 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.
Merna (Kam) Jim, Secretary
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.
Stacie Chiba-Miguel, Director
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. Stacie currently manages The Shops at Kukui`ula as a Senior Property Manager with Alexander & Baldwin and is involved with various community organizations focused on education, family services and anti-bullying initiatives, including Kumu’s Cupboard, Child and Family Services Guildas Committee and Mauka to Makai Bully Free Kauai. 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 resides in Kalaheo with her husband Robert, their two kids (Emalia and Caden) and fur baby (dog), Kai.
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 since 2003 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 Director for HEMSAA (Hawaii Elementary and Middle School Administrators Association), member of Delta Kappa Gamma Xi and serves on the advisory board of Aloha Angels. Originally from Tennessee, Sherry has made her home on Kauai since 2001 where she resides with her husband.
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.
Alicia Perlas Miyashiro, Director
I’ve been teaching on Kauai for 27 years. I’m currently a district resource teacher at Kauai Complex Area. I support Elementary Schools in the area of Inclusive Practices. I’m born and raised here on Kauai in Puhi. I attended Pacific University in Oregon where I taught one year in Beaverton, Oregon. I have my Masters Degree in Curriculum from Gonzaga University. I have a son who is a freshman at Kauai High School. I enjoy doing crafts and spending time with my 7 year old dog Miso. I’m active in my church and enjoy helping others. I also teach Driver’s Education at Kauai High School.
Caroline Ozaki, Director
Caroline was born and raised on Kauai; attended Colorado State College, Kansas State Teachers College and graduated from the University of Hawaii with a BA in Business, Accounting. During her entire career, she engaged in public accounting, started a private practice in 1984 and recently retired by giving her company to her employees. Her experience in teaching includes being a lecturer and an instructor at Kauai Community College for ten years.
She is currently the Treasurer of Lihue Hongwanji Mission and Gather Federal Credit Union. Her past involvement as a volunteer include the American Cancer Society, Wilcox Hospital Board, Kauai Hospice, KCC Accounting Advisory and the Zonta Club of Kauai.