Kupuna advocate Zilpah Kaimiola named MEO Employee of the Month

March 22, 2022

Zilpah Kaimiola, Planning & Coordinating Council Senior Coordinator, was named Maui Economic Opportunity Employee of the Month for January for her caring nature that helps kupuna traverse life changes.

“The work she does requires listening skills, patience, understanding, respect and sometimes being the referee,” said Nani Watanabe, who nominated Zilpah for the recognition. “This group she manages has gone through life changes, personality changes, hearing loss, and is experiencing culture shock because today, times are changing.”

Zilpah leads a team that supports senior clubs in Maui County with recruitment, membership, activities and advocacy. She helps organize major kupuna events, including the Senior Fair and the Kupuna Celebration.

Zilpah’s association with MEO actually began as a client in 1989, and then she joined the agency as a driver. She became a driver supervisor in August 2013 and was promoted to Planning & Coordinating Council Senior Coordinator in March 2016.

Nani calls Zilpah a “real self-built GPS” for MEO with her history spanning her years in the Transportation Department.

For being named Employee of the Month, Zilpah earned a $150 check and an extra vacation day. Nani received $50 as the nominator.

Zilpah was honored at MEO’s monthly staff meeting, held via Zoom, on Feb. 25.

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Zilpah Kaimiola, Planning & Coordinating Council Senior Coordinator, was named Maui Economic Opportunity Employee of the Month for January.

 

Zilpah Kaimiola (second from right), MEO January Employee of the Month, appears with (from left) Chief Human Resources Officer Cliff Caesar, COO Gay Sibonga and CEO Debbie Cabebe.

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