Guest Profile

Lani Almanza

Born in Hawai’i and raised on the Windward side of Oahu, Hawaii, Lani’s experience includes the roles of wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as teacher, trainer, and facilitator in educational, business, and non-profit environments. Lani’s professional career has been committed to helping create healthier lives and communities. 

After completing her Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, Lani worked with the American Cancer Society for fifteen years in a variety of leadership roles that included health communication and community engagement. After retiring from ACS, she began her own wellness business, Alakaʻi Associates, whose mission is to be a guide to lead others to more activated lives in health and wellness. 

She also currently holds a volunteer role as COO of a new nonprofit, Gimme A Break, whose mission is to care for caregivers, and is the Contributing Editor to their online magazine, Givers Guides, that supports the organization. 

Lani also facilitates wellness retreats and provides wellness workshops to community groups.


Her newest accomplishment has been the completion of her first book, coming out this summer, titled, Under a Full Moon and a Guiding Star, a memoir and guidebook sharing her journey of self care and spirituality.