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On May 27, 2009, at the age of 28, Kristin Maekawa Claudi experienced a Sudden Cardiac Arrest at a local elementary School during a teachers’ meeting. None of the staff members in the meeting knew what was happening or how to help her. By the time paramedics arrived, there was nothing they could do for her. Kristin had passed away. Kristin is remembered for loving Italy and everything Italian. She loved her husband, her family, her students, and rainbows. She delighted in everything life had to offer. As a special needs teacher, Kristin enlightened her students with love, understanding, and passion. In return they adored her. She is greatly missed by everyone who knew her.

In loving memory of Kristin Maekawa Claudi

We love and miss you! 

November 7, 1980 - May 27, 2009 

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On Sept 23, 2019, Briana, a 39-year-old King Kaumuali`i Elementary School special education teacher, and other staff members were in a planning day meeting. As they sat down to lunch, Briana collapsed at the table and stopped responding. She was frozen, not breathing and not moving. Staff immediately called 911, the counselor grabbed the close by AED and the VP started chest compressions.  The AED shocked Briana twice before the local EMS arrived and she was transported to Wilcox hospital and then flown over to Oahu for further care where she made a full recovery.


Briana is alive today because her school was not only annually trained by Kauai Firefighters, but her school had multiple AEDs on campus and one was close by and ready for use.



Our Founders:

Sharon Maekawa & Pam Foster

Hawaii Heart Foundation is a 501(c)3 established in 2010 with the mission to improve the cardiac arrest survival rates. Our Kids Teaching Kids program started it all and has been developed into two school age programs: KIDS4CPR (K-6) and Common Sense CPR (7-12). In hopes of teaching lifesaving CPR and AED skills to keiki statewide. 



We believe that kids have superpowers! The Kids4CPR Superhero Program empowers our students with the knowledge to save lives and the ability to teach their family and friends to do the same. Learn more about students who are making a difference in their community!

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