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WHEN WE SHINE can serve to advance community through Arts Integration and Education.

Here are some of the ways:

  •  Arts Education & Leadership Development
  •  Creative Placemaking
  •  Cultural Events, Projects
  •  Community Building Community Building and Cultural Events
  •  Songwriting Residencies for Schools
  •  Partnerships, Alliances & Networking
  •  Micro Grants and Professional Services

The WHEN WE SHINE Core Team:
David Kauahikaua, Rae Takemoto and Melinda Caroll

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About When We Shine

WHEN WE SHINE is a 501(c)(3) corporation. Our tax exempt status is pending. We are appreciative of any donations, although at the moment cannot provide a tax exempt qualifying receipt for any amount over $250.

Our board and core team is comprised of David Kauahikaua, Rae Takemoto and Melinda Caroll.

Melinda Caroll

When We Shine Director & President

Melinda is a professional Singer/Song-writer, Performer, National Song-leader and Song-Writer for Girl Scouts of the USA since 1997, 5-Rhythms Dance teacher and fearless collaborator with children. She has written, recorded and produced 33 albums, plus numerous singles and 15 songbooks of children’s music. She has performed in numerous concerts and facilitated world-wide workshops since 1989 on behalf of Girl Scouts of the USA and the Global Women’s Movement, The World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Melinda brings creativity, inspiration, imagination and passion to the art of singing, performance, original song-writing and story-telling and loves sharing her passion with children and adults world-wide. Melinda has served as Youth Education Coordinator with Malamalama Maui, a placed based grant project from ArtPlace America since 2017. A Hawai’i resident and life-long Hawaiian Cultural student, Melinda believes that The ARTS are a catalyst for positive social and environmental change. She is the founder and creative force behind When We Shine.

Click here for more about her music, click Melinda Caroll Music  or Go to iTunes

Rae Takemoto

When We Shine Secretary/Treasurer & Director

Rae is a creator, a champion of Arts Integration Education and a successful community builder! She served 2 years as the Local Program Director for Turnaround Arts HI, a program led by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. Prior to Turnaround Arts, Rae developed and implemented the role of Arts Integration Curriculum Coordinator/Coach and vision leader at Pomaika`i Elementary School, Hawai`i’s first public school to adopt a whole school arts integrated curriculum. Ms. Takemoto is a certified K-6 classroom teacher with 30 year’s experience.  She is the recipient of Hawai`i’s “Global Teacher of the Year” award and was named one of Hawai`i’s Top Educators. For the past nineteen years, she has worked extensively with teachers, administrators, teaching artists, students, and parents in developing arts integrated curriculum, sustaining whole school AI models, and researching the effects of the arts on student learning and teacher effectiveness. As a recognized national leader in this area, Rae understands the essential role that The Arts can play in our education systems, as well as in our daily lives.


David Kauahikaua

When We Shine Vice-President & Director

David is a Hawaiian award-winning  producer, arranger, engineer, and keyboard player who has been active in the Hawai’i’s recording industry since 1980. His musical and technical abilities along with his producer /arranger skills have earned him the reputation of being one of the most sought-after studio musicians in the islands, producing over 170 albums and thousands of songs for local and international singers and entertainers. He’s been musical director for beloved well-known Hawaiian star performers, including Don Ho, Loyal Garner, Frank De Lima and many others.

David was honored in 2017 with a prestigious Nā Hōkū Hanohano award for Engineering, for his original composition “Kailua Rain” and was a final ballot nominee for “Instrumental of the Year” in 2018.  He was awarded Outstanding Arranger, in the 1981s First Hawaiian Music competition for his orchestral arrangement of Loyal Garner's “I Donʻt Want to Go Away.”