Devin Nakasone was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a childhood leukemia survivor. He was diagnosed at the age of 11, and through his almost four years of chemotherapy, he not only underwent major physical challenges, but also mental and emotional challenges as well. Being the only child of loving parents, his survival became his parents’ only focus. Being so intent on keeping him alive physically, they did not realize that he was also suffering emotionally. During this time, his best friend, the one he cried with, sang to, told his innermost feelings to, was a rubber duck. 27 years later he founded Prayers on Wings to help children in crisis so that they would not have to go through what he had to.
In his last month of chemotherapy, Devin became addicted to crystal methamphetamine. For the next 10 years he battled this addiction, finally recovering in 1999. He uses both his experiences of drugs and cancer to tackle challenges facing many teens and young adults. He hopes to inspire others by sharing what he has learned, and as he states “you cannot inspire others without surviving some kind of crisis and sharing it.”
For more info on Devin visit www.prayersonwings.org
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Co-founder, Prayers on Wings, a 501c3 non-profit organization. Prayers on Wings’ mission is to build bridges of communication and inspire others through crisis. Developed the Rubber Ducky Workshops for seriously ill children andtheir families to help improve communication. Worked with the March of Dimes, Childhood Cancer Connection and Kardiac Kids groups, Shriners Hospital, Little Angels, Hawaii Children’s Cancer Foundation, and American Cancer Society. Prayers on Wings is a service provider for HUGS Hawaii. Prayers on Wings is a coalition member of the Hawaii Children’s Trust Fund, who promote the strenghtening of families and prevention of child abuse, and a member of the Bereavement Network of Hawaii
2013 Recipient of the Three Outstanding Young Persons Award by the Hawaii Jaycees and the Ten Outstanding Young Americans by the United States Jaycees
2014 Honoree on Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women and Children's Wall of Hope
Over 20 years’ experience as a frontman/emcee for Hawaii’s most popular variety/dance/show bands. Co-founder of the Prayers on Wings Jam Band, a group of over 120 musicians who donate their time and talent to perform for worthwhile charities as well as individuals in need
Served as a mock interviewer for the Hawaii National Guard Youth Challenge Academy, assisting “at-risk” youth to prepare for job interviews in the future
Served as a judge for the popular TV talent show "Hawaii Stars"
Host of TV series "InsPOWration, Stories of Inspiration"
2018 Kinaʻole Award Recipient
Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, Sharlene Aoki left home at the age of 17, wanting to be independent, and have the freedom to pursue her dreams. Dreams turned to disillusion as reality set in, and she even went through a period of being homeless. At this low point, Sharlene was led to seek out coaching and this started her interest in personal development.
After dealing with a serious illness in 1997, she became interested in natural and holistic health and wellness. Her passion for personal development and health and wellness led her to expand her education in life coaching. In 2009, she enrolled in the International Coach Academy’s Certified Professional Coach program and is certified to coach using Marcia Weider’s proven 10-step Dream Coach process. Skills she honed in the music business and learned through her life experiences, such as creative problem solving and the ability to bring order out of chaos, are especially beneficial to clients who are in transition, are having challenges in manifesting their dreams, or that lack purpose in their lives. In 2011, she met Devin Nakasone, and after discussing their similar vision and goals, they started Prayers on Wings and in 2012 started 1 Step in a Dream, LLC. Since 2014 Devin and Sharlene have led direct marketing teams, with products particularly focused on health and wellness.
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Co-founder of Prayers on Wings, founder of the Prayers on Wings Jam Band
Over 30 years in the music industry, both as an executive in marketing and public relations, and as a performer. She worked with the legendary Makaha Sons, as their concert coordinator and tour manager, coordinating Hawaiian music concerts around the world, most notably their annual "Take a Walk in the Country" concerts
Co-producer of award-winning DVD, "Makaha Sons - Live at the Hawaii Theatre"
Bachelor's Degree in Metaphysics from the American Institute of Holistic Theology
Second degree Usui Reiki practitioner
Certified Marcia Weider Dream Coach
Producer of TV series "InsPOWration, Stories of Inspiration"
Certified Group Fitness Instructor