Leilani Auna Biography

Leilani Auna M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Counselor/Coordinator Special Needs Services

Personal:  I was born in the Philippines and raised in Kealakekua-Kona, Hawaii.  I am the mother of 8 children, ages ranging from 18 years old to 30 years old.
I have two grandchildren.  
I am married to Vanley K. Auna for the past 31 years.
I love Karate, to go on walks on the beach, appreciate beautiful sunsets, enjoy spending time with family, and read a good book.

Academic Training

  • BSW, Minor, Child Development Accredited School of Social Work Brigham Young University-Hawaii, 1985
  • MS W, Accredited School of Social Work University of Hawaii- Manoa 1987


  • Hawaii State Mental Hospital   1985-86
  • Kaneohe Marina Corp Air Station Family Service Center 1986-87


  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker, State of Hawaii
  • TEAACH certified ( Treatment & Education of Autistic & Related Communication Handicapped Children)
  • MEMOS (Parenting Certification)

Professional Affiliations

  • (NASW) National Association Social Work
  • (AHEAD) Association on Higher Education And Disability
  • (A.M.I) American Mother Incorporated

Areas of Special Interest/Current Professional Activities

  • Post -Secondary Education for people with a disability/special needs
  • Intercultural relationships
  • Mindfulness
  • Motherhood/Career
  • Sexual Abuse/ Domestic Violence
  • Same Gender Attraction
  • Individual/ Family therapy
  • Parent/Child interaction
  • Play Therapy
  • Academic/Career Issues

Primary Theoretical Orientation

  • Person centered with an integrative approach
  • Brain-Based Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
  • Strengths Model
  • Person in Environment