To serve and support the keiki of Hawaiʻi by providing diapers, wipes, and other basic essentials to organizations that assist low-income families with young children.
We believe no child should suffer from diaper need. All children deserve access to clean, dry diapers. Access to diapers improves the physical, mental, and economic well-being of babies, families, and communities.
- Hawaiʻi Diaper Bank (HDB) was founded by Jessica Histo during Diaper Need Awareness Week (DNAW) in 2016
- Over the course of DNAW, HDB collected and distributed more than 4,00 diapers to low-income families with young children
- In 2017, HDB held its second diaper drive during DNAW, collecting and distributing more than 5,000 diapers (as well as wipes)
- In 2018, HDB incorporated as a nonprofit and welcomed its inaugural Board of Directors
- HDB is a community project under the fiscal sponsorship of Hawai’i Children’s Action Network
- HDB is 100% volunteer run by Jessica Histo (President) and Hannah London (Program & Operations Director)
Board Of Directors
A Bay Area native, Mari-Ela moved to Hawai‘i in 2007 and has since been grateful to call the islands home. After meeting her husband Kyle on O’ahu, both moved to the Big Island of Hawai‘i to start a family; they reside in Waimea (Kamuela) where their son Elijah and daughter Kalehua are born and raised. Mari-Ela is passionate about keiki-focused community service; she has served as a substitute teacher/tutor for at-risk youth, a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawai‘i in Honolulu, a volunteer for “McHappy Day,” McDonald’s fundraiser benefiting Hawaii’s severely ill keiki, as well as a coach for North Hawai‘i AYSO U5 (ages 4-5) soccer. Mari-Ela is a graduate of San Francisco State University and has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. Her professional career consists of 20 years in communications, with the first decade in journalism working for news stations in California, Wisconsin, and here in Hawai‘i – KHNL/Hawaii News Now. In the second decade of her career, Mari-Ela moved into public relations, marketing, and community engagement in the non-profit sector, currently serving as the Communications Officer at W. M. Keck Observatory. She is excited and humbled by the opportunity to bring her communications experience to support the Hawai‘i Diaper Bank’s engagement and outreach efforts in helping keiki in need.
Jessica is a registered nurse on the Big Island. She earned a B.S. in Nursing from Hawai`i Pacific University. A published author in childbirth education and former co-chair of the Association for Women’s Health, Obstetrics and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), Hawai’i section, Big Island chapter, Jessica currently serves as a nurse in the Maternity Ward at Kona Community Hospital and teaches prenatal classes and Intermediate Fetal Monitoring. Jessica founded the Hawai’i Diaper Bank as the Big Island Diaper Drive in 2016 and currently serves as the President and Board Secretary. She resides in Kamuela with her husband Ka’imi and their son Dylan.
Hannah was born and raised outside of Chicago, Illinois and received a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University. After graduating, Hannah was accepted into Teach for America and moved to Los Angeles, California, where she worked as a Head Start teacher while earning her Masters in Early Childhood Education from Loyola Marymount University. She went on to attain a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law and, after law school, served as the Program Director for a prominent diaper bank in Los Angeles. She and her husband Jeremy moved to Kailua-Kona in February of 2018. Upon arriving on the Big Island, Hannah helped establish HDB’s nonprofit status under the fiscal sponsorship of Hawaii Children’s Action Network and formalized HDB’s operations. Hannah serves as the Program and Operations Director and Board Chair for HDB. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and is expecting her first child at the end of the year.
Sesha is the owner of crib. Children’s Consignment & Gift Boutique (“crib.”). Born and raised in Hilo, she started crib. in 2013. The store is half consignment and half gift store, featuring local businesses and artisans. She enjoys connecting with creative women statewide to curate the “new” side of the shop and especially loves meeting all the new babies and mamas that come through. A couple years after opening crib., she and her husband, Ernesto, had a child of their own, Kane. Sesha have been supporting HDB since its founding and in 2018, crib. began serving as a drop-off location for HDB so that community members can conveniently donate diapers and wipes.
Dona Elizabeth Naholowa'a Murph
Elizabeth is the Hawai‘i Island Community Director for Catholic Charities Hawai‘i (CCH). She promotes the mission of CCH by identifying and linking resources to address gap needs and emerging issues and serves as the local agency liaison for collaboration with local leaders, businesses and community organizations. She works directly with the Hawai‘i Island Leadership Council whose 18 members provide leadership, donor development and funding for the agency. Elizabeth has served in the nonprofit arena for 25 years, working for the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation, Consuelo Foundation and Hawai‘i Island Chamber of Commerce. Elizabeth launched the New Hope Hilo Bible Bookstore in 1992 and worked as a part time teacher for Keaau School and Christian Liberty School until 1997. Elizabeth is an Air Force brat who was born in Honolulu, graduated from Dimond High School in Anchorage, Alaska and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science and Information Systems Science from East Tennessee State University. She and Timothy have been married for 43 years. They have eight grown children (including spouses) and three grandchildren. Her hobbies are traveling, sewing, writing and floral arranging.
Born and raised in the Waiākea Ahupuaʻa (land division) of Hilo, Hawaiʻi, Geoli Ng is a Native Hawaiian with a passion for making a positive impact on communities and enriching the lives of those in need. Geoli attended Concordia University, Saint Paul where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, in Early Childhood Education with a minor in Family Life Studies. She has 19+ years of experience working with Nonprofits in the field of Early Childhood Education and Community Enrichment. Geoli is the Director of the Kōkua Initiative at Waiākea Hawaiian Volcanic Water where her mission is to empower the people of Hawaiʻi through a 3 piko approach that encourages educational opportunities, ʻāina-based conservation and sustainability, and support for the most vulnerable in our community. She is a proud member of Keiki Heroes, Rotary Club of Hilo Bay, Hawaii Island Chamber of Commerce, Hilo Crescent City Lions, Hilo Gardening Initiative Food Distribution Program.
Cecilia resides in Holualoa on the Island of Hawai‘i with her children, Tanoa, Kekona and Kaena. She was raised in Kailua-Kona and received a B.A. in Social Science with concentration in Political Science from the University of Hawai‘i West O’ahu. Cecilia has served in a variety of roles, working to improve the well-being of the families and children of West Hawai‘i through local non-profit organizations. A long-time advocate of the Hawai‘i Diaper Bank, Cecilia is excited to bring her experience to the table to improve the lives and well-being of Hawai’i’s keiki.
Ambassadors (HDB’s Aunties & Uncles) are a group of dedicated men and women, committed to wiping out diaper need on the Big Island. Aunties and Uncles help establish identify and direction for HDB, as well as marshal necessary resources and support. For more information about becoming an Auntie or Uncle, please contact email@example.com
Jeanna Dela Cruz