#MyNavian: Local woman calls long-time friend her navigator and guardian

Providing comfort and guidance through the difficult times

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Navian Hawaii, formerly known as Hospice Hawaii, is honoring the Navians in our community. Formed from the words “Navigator”‘ and “Guardian,” they help guide us through times of uncertainty. HI Now host Jobeth Devera is with Lisa Kalani to find out why she calls Michelle Phillips, her long-time friend, her Navian.

“Michelle is a hard worker and a strong leader in the local community. She’s highly respected in her personal career as a police sergeant and has been a loyal friend to me throughout the years,” Kalani begins. “We can go months or even a year without seeing or talking to each other, but when we do, it’s as though no time has passed, and we pick up exactly where we left off.”

Michelle was there for Kalani during a difficult time in her life by providing comfort and a listening ear. Even though they hadn’t talked in months, she never hesitated to offer help.

“Michelle is deserving of the ‘Navian’ title not just for being a guardian in mine and my children’s lives, but for everyone in the community she serves and protects every day,” Kalani says. “If everyone was lucky enough to have a Navian in their lives, perhaps this would solve a lot of social problems we have, especially here in Hawaii, such as homelessness and crime.”

One of Kalani’s favorite memories with Phillips took place during their early days of friendship when they took a trip to California and drove from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.

“This was before the use of GPS and cellphones,” Kalani adds. “To this day, I still don’t know how we made it there! Michelle of course drove the entire time, as I was just too scared to drive. So I guess you could say that from the very beginning she’s always been my navigator.”

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