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About Us

Hawaii Fi-Do Service Dogs builds greater independence and quality of life for those in Hawaii with disabilities by training and teaming them with service dogs. To tap the healing potential of the human–dog relationship to improve the physical, mental and emotional well being of Hawai‘i residents. We are a grassroots 501(c)3 non-profit corporation and the only Certified Training Center on the island of Oahu, Hawaii. 

In 2008 we were Internationally Accredited under Assistance Dogs International, Inc. and our volunteer community has built Hawaii Fi-Do from the ground up. We have no formal training facilities; instead, our dogs-in-training live in the homes of our loyal and committed band of puppy raisers. By training in public settings, our puppies learn to ignore distractions—preparation for focusing on their future handler.

Volunteer Opportunities

While we train our dogs, we work with our community to raise public awareness about service dog teams. And, we offer compassionate and educational programming in schools, eldercare facilities, on-base, and with US Veterans wherever they live in the islands. Our funding comes mainly from generous individuals, businesses, and local human services grants such as Aloha United Way, and Friends of Hawaii Charities. 

Community Outreach Programs

Susan Luehrs, Founder

Hawaii Fi-Do was founded in 2000 by Susan Luehrs, who was trained at the Assistance Dog Institute in Santa Rosa, California.

Susan had great success using dogs to aid her in her previous profession as a special-education teacher at Kahuku High School. She noticed that when dogs were around, kids who were reserved opened up and became much more engaged. It was Susan’s love for dogs and desire to help people with disabilities that lead to her founding Hawaii Fi-Do. As lead trainer, Susan works daily with all our puppy raisers.

Kiley Esprecion, Program Director

Kiley joined us in 2023. Born and raised on Oahu, she returns home from Nevada where she worked for Heaven Can Wait Animals Society-Pups on Parole. At Heaven Can Wait Animal Society she was the Canine Program Coordinator-Dog Trainer/Behaviorist and spent almost a decade fulfilling its mission and rehabilitating canines and humans.

She received her BS in Criminal Justice and MBA from Chaminade University.  Kiley enjoys the outdoors and loves spending time with her three senior rescues, Miloli’i, Elfie and Thumper. With Kiley’s compassionate heart, dedication, and expertise, she looks forward to focusing on our mission and vision.

Board of Directors


Dara Fukuhara- Marketing/Public relations


Susan Leuhrs - ADI Certified Dog Trainer (Founder)

Vice Chair

Susan Tamashiro- Retired Educator


Charles Cardinal- Retired U.S. Army




John Seely- Veteran Service Dog Team

Jodie Miller- ADI Certified Dog Trainer


Jennifer Raams - Physical Therapist

Jim Kennedy- Retired Hawaii Fi-Do Executive Director

Vickie Kennedy- Disability Advocate / Guide Dog User

Katelyn Taua`a- Military Veteran


Sandi Meehan- Retired IL Specialist


Karen Bernstein- Attorney

Advisory Board

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