Princeville Chaperones TEAM

We take great pride in the members of our team. They are carefully selected and come trained with years of experience to be the best. It is very important that they not only have the necessary knowledge, skill and experience to the get the job done, but that they also care about the quality of the work they do, and the clients they serve.

Princeville Chaperones has staff skilled and certified across a wide range of environments with extensive experience in childcare and outdoor educational adventures .

Contact: or (808) 651-3452

Paul Clark is the president of Save Our Seas Hawaii, and is the Director of the Princeville Chaperones Kid’s Club at the St. Regis Princeville since it reopened in 2009 and also coordinates all the private childcare, babysitting and unique guest adventures! Paul is the CEO of Earth Surge and Princeville Chaperones, a K-12 marine science teacher and USCG Captain for the last 10 years, a PADI Divemaster, and has worked as a scientific diver with the University of Hawai’i and State Department of Land and Natural Resources establishing Marine Protected Areas with the University of Hawai’i on the Big Island. Paul specializes in infant care, coral reef adventures and education for guests of all ages!

Paul is the owner of Princeville Chaperones Kids Club and Babysitting Services and operates The Young Voyagers Club at the St. Regis Princeville for children of all ages.  He has 3 amazing children: Orion, Maya, and Isis.



Jenna Hinton has been a professional child care and education provider for 17 years including 10 years on Kaua’i for residents and visitors alike. All the while she supports the unique inspiration and potential in each child. Jenna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with emphasis in music and education from the University of New Mexico in 2000. She has appreciated traveling and living on Hawaii and in other beautiful and culturally interesting places in this world, so she enjoys welcoming and communing with visitors in their experience of these special islands. She continually strives to honor Hawaiiana through her study of Hawaiian culture and language.  She has performed music and dance with Hula Halau Ke ‘Ala o ka Laua’e since 2006, and enjoys teaching ukulele and hula. She loves caring for and playing in Hawaii’s beautiful natural environment and is an excellent Kauai hiking guide. Jenna’s experience and certifications include Life Guard Training, Patch Teacher and Program Director, Naui Scuba Diver, CPR/First Aid, Certificate in Hawaiian Studies and the Marine Option Program of Kauai Community College. E komo mai! Come play and learn with us!

Valerie Simmons I have enjoyed being a resident of Kauai for 8 years, a professional Massage Therapist for 26 years, a nanny for local residence, a mother of three and a “young grandmother”. Now retired as a M.T. my career as such, has allowed me to enrich my abilities to be present, patient and nurturing with children.

My personality is positive, playful and explorative. I believe in offering children a safe and supportive environment. Whether it is by ocean or land, by stories or art.  I bring the beautiful island of Kauai into as many experiences as possible.

Arlenna Gherardini Helping children experience the joy of learning about themselves and the world around them is my life’s passion. Seeing their little faces light up through their discoveries and accomplishments are the biggest compliments I can receive as their teacher.

For 17 years I taught infants through 12 years old in classrooms and after-school programs. I also worked on cruise ships as Social Hostess and was the Activities Director at a luxurious resort in Cabo San Lucas implementing and directing both adult and children’s activities. As a Tour Guide I traveled with 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from San Diego to all the historical sights on the east coast from Virginia to New York. I have achieved my Masters in ECE, I am CPR/1st Aid certified, and I am PATCH approved as teacher/director.

Our Chaperone Program offers an exciting variety of fun-filled adventures age-appropriate for your child. It is my pleasure to enhance their experience in Kauai and create a memory that will last a lifetime.

Sylvia at Sand Art
Sylvia at Sand Art Time




Melissa Anderson:  I have worked with children for 20 years.  I have a Bachelors in Liberal Studies with a minor in Human Development. My undergrad work focused on Early Childhood Education. I have had many roles in Early Childhood programs through the years. I have been a teacher, aide, nanny and substitute.  I have lived here on Kauai for 15 years.  I enjoy working with children and sharing in the wonder they see in the world.  Kauai is such a beautiful place and I love sharing the natural world that Kauai provides!

Elizabeth Matz is a mature grandmother that works out well as our “baby specialist”. Elizabeth raised 2 children on the island and has lived on Kauai since 1974. She worked in food and beverage at the famous “Coco Palms Resort” for 17 years , then because of Hurricane Iniki  (Hotel was destroyed ) she changed her career to the Department of Education.   For the next 18 years she worked as a substitute teacher and Educational Assistant with Special Ed and gifted and talented students. Now at the St. Regis she cares for and relates to all ages, especially toddlers and babies. She recently became a great grandmother & people like her genuine concern and care!  

 Jimena McGill: I grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, where I got my degree in Graphic Design. I moved to the USA in 1999, and found work as designer. After a couple years I traveled, and moved to Mexico and got my open water scuba diving certification, and worked there as an underwater videographer.
I felt called to work with children, and moving back to DC I had the opportunity to teach Spanish, Drama and Dance at a school that is a blend of Montessori and Waldorf approaches, located in Bethesda, MD. I worked, learned and grew there for 5 years; this peaceful school had a tremendous influence on me.
For 3 summers I also worked teaching art, tennis, swimming, beading, tie-dye, and mural painting and design at Fillmore Arts Camp in Washington DC, for children between ages 5 to 12.

Jimena Diving
Jimena Diving

Before I left DC, I took a training of early childhood education. I had been feeling drawn to Kauai since visiting my good friend and fellow teacher who had moved here. I wanted to live closer to the ocean, and when I met my future husband while visiting Kauai once, it felt like the time had come for me to make Kauai my home. I moved to Kauai, got married, settled in Kilauea, and had the opportunity to work in different schools around the island. I worked at Natural Bridges, and later on I worked at Aloha school in Hanalei, where I finished my training and got a CDA credential. After that, I worked at My Growing Place preschool in Kilauea. During those years my husband and I also ran the Madre Tierra Summer Arts Camp program for two summers, and one spring break arts camp for elementary school children. Currently, I am working at the St. Regis, doing family activities and childcare. I also teach music and movement classes at Hanalei School, and my husband and I run the Hanalei School Drama Club, and produced their musical drama production titled, “the Princess of the Sea” this year.
I believe children can enjoy learning anything if the environment and the teacher find creative ways to present a subject! I believe that moving and interacting with the process of learning makes it an exiting experience that is difficult to forget!  I love music, I love dancing, I love singing and I love the ocean, and I love working with children!
I wish to have a better planet, and educating our children to care of and respect the earth is my mission and goal these days!


Peg exploring with keiki
Peg exploring with keiki
















Patty Irons grew up in Santa Barbara, CA and spent as much time as possible at

the beach or in the water. She came to Hawaii in 1966, started surfing, fell in love with the ocean, the Hawaiian culture, and lifestyle.  Patty spent four years in college as an art major, but the islands called her back and she moved to Oahu’s North Shore in 1970 to surf and to be an artist.  She moved to the Garden Island in 1980, got married  and raised her 2 children at the beach.  Her son,  A.J. (27), works both as a personal chef and at Baracuda inHanalei.  Her Daughter, Janna Rose (26),  lives in Cardiff ,CA and works as Associate  Editor of Surfer Magazine. Patty spent 18 years working at the A+ after-school  program at Hanalei Elementary School, and 1 year at Kilauea Elementary. She has worked as a lifeguard/swim coach with the Junior Lifeguard Program in Hanalei for past 20 years .  For the past 23 years Patty has gone to Oahu for 1 week every summer to volunteer as Arts and Crafts director/lifeguard and Camp Anuenue, a camp for children with cancer.  Patty loves working with kids and make the day fun and entertaining with an incredible arts and crafts program!


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  1. I’m a stay at home mom and my children have never been to a day care. I set up daycare arrangements 2 months in advance and read all sorts of reviews and all the profiles on the workers. I spoke with Paul on the phone and he sounded very friendly. I received a text confirmation about a week before with the name of who was taking care of the kids ( 3 and 4 years old). We arrived early to fill out papers and get the kids acclimated. Valerie greeted us with a warm smile and got the kids set up with play dough while we filled out papers. I felt good when I left the kids there. The kids stayed for 6 hours and when we walked in the door they were so excited to tell us about there day. They went down to the beach where they played in a safe little cove. They explored and were taught about sea life. They found a coconut on the beach and brought it back to the club and painted it. My children had so much fun that they asked to return. When we come back to the island I would love to have Princeville Chaperones watch my little ones. Thanks for keeping my children safe and happy!!!!

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