Shannel has a heart for children. As a mother and child care professional, she believes deeply in empowering young people with love, support, and real-life education. She is a cousin of Alex and Duke and grew up with the brothers in Waimea. Their tragic loss occurred during her early teenage years and profoundly impacted her – inspiring her to find a way to give back and honor their memory.
Shannel joined the Alex and Duke De Rego Foundation Board in 2011 and serves as the Secretary. She is a graduate of Honokaa High School and works as a nanny and property manager for a family at their private residence in Kohala.
Shannel is passionate about water safety and lifesaving training for youth. As someone who dedicates her life to caring for and mentoring young children, she believes in the power of education. Knowledge is power – it combats fear. Without fear, young people can respond, rather than react to a crisis. Teaching Hawaii’s keiki the ability to remain calm under pressure with practical skills has a lasting impact on their life and their community as a whole. Shannel is a creative soul who loves to craft and sew in her free time. One of her favorite art forms is making unique patchwork quilts for friends and family, including her young son Kobe. She is based in Honokaa, on the Big Island of Hawaii.