Guest Profile

Lani Almanza


Lani was born and raised on the Windward side of Oahu in Hawai’i. She has experience

as a wife, mother, and grandmother, as well as a teacher, trainer, and facilitator in

education, business, and non-profit environments. Throughout her professional career,

Lani has been committed to creating healthier lives and communities.

Lani holds a Master’s degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii, Manoa,

and worked with the American Cancer Society for 15 years in various leadership roles

related to health communication and community engagement. After retiring from ACS,

she founded her own wellness business, Alaka’i Associates, which focuses on guiding

others towards more activated lives in health and wellness.

In addition to her work with Alaka’i Associates, Lani is a contributing editor for the online

magazine, Givers Guides, which supports the nonprofit organization Gimme A Break, for

which she also volunteers as COO. Lani has been sharing her expertise and insights on

her Alaka’i blog since 2015. She also facilitates wellness retreats and provides wellness

workshops to community groups. And most recently, published her first book, Under a

Full Moon and a Guiding Star.