Our Desire is to Provide You with a Uniquely Personal Experience
Donna Jaecker & Sterling Church – Owners
Sisters and co-owners of Ka Hale Olinda Wedding, Meeting & Retreat Center, Donna Jaecker and Sterling Church are affectionately referred to as “The Girls.” Born on Molokai, they spent most of their childhoods on Maui, attending Kaunoa Elementary and Baldwin High schools. The pursuit of higher education took them to the eastern U.S. where Donna studied virology and Sterling received her nursing degree.
The Girls come from a long line of farmers and their ties to the land run deep. They cherish their memories of exploring the pastures and gulches, milking cows, raising Christmas trees, planting windbreaks and attending the local rodeos and polo matches.
Donna now lives in California and Sterling in Colorado, but their love of the Islands, especially upcountry Maui, the culture, foods and music of this special place have frequently drawn them back to Olinda. They now enjoy sharing their childhood home with their spouses and children.
Donna and Sterling share a common goal, to retain and preserve the beautiful, restful ambience of the home and property they now call Ka Hale Olinda (“the beautiful house”). Their desire is to keep the land in agriculture and to share this place with local and off-island visitors. Toward this end, in 2006 they opened their home to be used as a warm and intimate up-scale meeting and retreat center.
Dan and Emily Church – Event Manager
Dan and Emily Church recently moved to Maui from Colorado to help manage the property for the family. Emily’s background is in Education and Dan works as a social worker. They have been excited to reconnect with the family’s island roots and can often be found enjoying a sunset in the pasture.