December 2, 2015



Walt Disney reminds us, “The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing.” Difference Makers of Hawaii is privileged to share the story of Mel Say and Casey Pokakaa, and how they have combined their hobbies, life values, and unexpected life challenges, into a unique way to invite people in, raise awareness, and show some love.


Mel and Casey are soon to be married, reside on the west side of Oahu, where they recently purchased their first home with their two dogs Kila and Onix. Mel is a first grade teacher at Waianae Elementary, Casey is a PV installer, and both currently own their own business through World Financial Group. On their free time you can find them at the beach, surfing, and around friends and family. Casey established HI’ LIVIN’, which stands for Hawaii Living, Truck Club back in 2011. He shared having the idea of bringing people together who share the same appreciation for lifted trucks, and who value a positive lifestyle that everyone can enjoy.


“We only started with 7 trucks and now we have well over 20 trucks who identify with HI’ LIVIN.”

By 2012, Mel and Casey saw the potential for HI LIVIN’ to give back to the community in its own unique way. This is when they decided to start “HI LIVIN’ Breast Cancer Awareness Cruise” in the month of October.


“We wanted to create a cruise with a meaningful purpose. We invited others in the community to help design and create stickers and shirts to sell. All profits are donated to Susan G. Komen Foundation.”

Susan G. Komen, whose motto is, “Everything You Do Makes a Difference,” is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts such as research, community health, global outreach, public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease.


Mel and Casey have always been the type of people who give from their hearts & expect nothing in return.


“This cruise hits close to home because we have family members that have conquered breast cancer, others who are still fighting & beloved ones who have passed. Seeing and hearing what people have to go through for breast cancer inspires us to want to give back, and we want them to know that we’re doing this to show our support. ”


They went on to share that the best thing they experience during these cruises are seeing people enjoying themselves, seeing others show support for Breast Cancer Awareness, and also hearing people say, “I can’t wait for next year.”

When asked, if money and all other factors weren’t of a concern, what would be their dream for the community? They described having a venue where they could host a Benefit Event where HI LIVIN’ Trucks would be displayed, and where there would be live entertainment and food vendors for people to enjoy, all in efforts to continue to raise awareness and fundraise money for all those effected with the disease.


Let Mel and Casey’s story motivate you to find your cause. Continue to follow their journey or join in on next year’s cruise by following:
@mrs_hi_livin       &     @hi_livin on Instgram.

Check out Susan G. Komen Foundation to find out everything you need to know about Breast Cancer and how you can get involved.


Mel & Casey’s Favorite Quote

“You don’t have to be perfect to help others, all you have to do is care enough to make a difference.”   

 -Melanie Moushigian Koulouris


As always, BE INSPIRED!

#differencemakersofhawaii #differencemakers #dmh #community #compassion #itsbettertogivethantoreceive #hawaiigivesback #payitforward


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