Laurelee Blanchard, the founder of Leilani Farm Sanctuary, will take readers on a journey from corporate America to nonprofit animal rescue in her new book Finding Paradise: Leilani Farm Sanctuary of Maui.
The book, which will be released this summer, chronicles Blanchard’s life running a sanctuary for rescued farm animals in Haiku. In the book, Blanchard reflects on her harrowing childhood, the early experiences that shaped her, and her highly successful career in commercial real estate. She also talks about the joys and challenges of marriage and her decision to abandon her pursuit of money to start one of the most well-respected animal sanctuaries in the United States.
“Laurelee Blanchard has done what millions dream of but few dare do,” said Ocean Robbins, CEO of The Food Revolution Network. “She left behind the American dream of unlimited consumption and chose instead a deeper dream of limitless compassion. At one level, hers is a story of selfless service. But at a deeper level, it is actually a story of how we can all find ourselves and our true fulfillment when we choose to live our dreams.”
Blanchard is well known on Maui for her dedication to plant-based eating and saving the lives of a variety of animals including pigs, goats, chickens, donkeys, geese, ducks, deer, sheep, dogs, cattle and more.
Blanchard’s Leilani Farm Sanctuary is located on an 8-acre farm in Haiku. It’s an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization created to provide shelter and care for rescued animals, humane education tot he community and model of compassionate living.