Meet the experienced and friendly doctors who make Hōkūʻula Eyecare the leading provider of vision care products and services in Kamuela.
Lori Ann K Kim, OD
Dr. Lori Kim is the backbone of Hōkū‘ula Eyecare! After receiving her first eye exam as a child, she was inspired to become an optometrist. She was fortunate enough to receive scholarships from the Ke Ali’i Pauahi Foundation that put her through school.
As a way of giving back, through the Pauahi Foundation, she has established an endowed scholarship for college-bound Hawaiian women that will continue in perpetuity. Along with the Manuel family from her hometown of Kohala, she’s created the Ho’omau Scholarship for graduating Kohala High School seniors who may not be at the top of their class but have the potential to achieve greatness. Locally in Waimea, Dr. Kim has had the privilege to provide tuition assistance to young girls at Parker School.
When purchasing Hōkū‘ula Eyecare, she was excited to help her community and continue catching up with each patient during their annual eye health exam. Dr. Kim is specifically interested in ocular disease because even though it’s challenging, it’s extremely rewarding when she’s able to diagnose and treat her patients. She loves helping people feel and see better.
Ashley R P Maekawa, OD, FAAO
When Dr. Maekawa joined our team in 2017, we couldn’t foresee the amazing impact her personality could have within our practice.
While she never chose to pursue optometry until her later years in college, she was always amazed by her fundus photos as a kid. While being a student at Marshall B. Ketchum University, Dr. Maekawa not only spent time as a member of the Department of Community Health sharpening her skills spending many hours conducting children’s vision screening, but she also volunteered to perform screenings for Special Olympic athletes and at an orphanage in Guatemala.
When she’s not helping you see your best, you can find her at the beach with her husband, son, and daughter, or Patisserie Nanako, enjoying their coconut cream cake and other daily baked treats!
Aiko L Seffinger, OD
Dr. Aiko Seffinger joined our team in 2020 and has already made such an impact! She became an optometrist to help people live happy and healthy lives in a career that allows her to practice what she preaches! She loves continuously learning about the eyes, brain, and body, to improve her patient’s quality of life. She’s specifically interested in preventative care, ocular nutrition, dry eye, contact lenses, TBI protocol, and sports vision.
When she’s not in our clinic, Dr. Seffinger can be found in the water wearing her polarized prescription Maui Jim sunglasses or shopping at her local favorite shops, Tea Blossom Flowers and Zaia Boutique. Dr. Seffinger’s other passions include fundraising for Project Vision Hawai’i, a non-profit organization committed to increasing access to health and human services for the people of Hawai‘i.