Company History

AkamaiBooks LLC, initially, a bookkeeping practice opened its doors in August of 2006. Upon numerous client requests, we began offering PEO services in June of 2015 under the registered trade name of Akamai Employer Services.

To expand our reach in Hawaii, and differentiate ourselves as a PEO, as of February 2017, Akamai Employer Services began operating under its new name PayrollHR Hawaii (still a dba of AkamaiBooks LLC).

Bookkeeping – we continue to offer virtual bookkeeping services.
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Who we serve

We work with Hawaii’s small businesses (from 1 to 25 employees).

  • Some of the industries we serve include:
  • General Contractors
  • Trades Contractors
  • Painting Contractors
  • Dry wallers
  • Masonry
  • Landscapers and More
  • Retailers
  • Other Service Providers

Don’t see your industry listed? No problem, simply give us a call at (808) 828-2070 to inquire if we are able to serve your industry.

Team Members

PayrollHR Hawaii is currently headed up by a passionate team:
Donna Apilado-Schumacher, Jami O’Reilly and Helen Merle.


Donna Apilado-Schumacher

Founder/Senior Partner

Born and raised in Hawaii and founding member of AkamaiBooks LLC.  With extensive experience in HR, operations, management, sales, purchasing and accounting, Donna has been working within and serving the small business community in Hawaii for over 25 years. She is incredibly passionate about small businesses and loves assisting clients in increasing efficiency, and gaining a better understanding of the financial aspects of their business.   She currently serves as a Senior Partner of PayrollHR Hawaii focusing on the Marketing, Business Development, Knowledge and Systems Management, and overall Operations of the business.

In her spare time, Donna loves walks on the beach with her dog, Maya, surfing, working out, photographing nature, and spending time with her husband Chris, and sons, Philip and Keale.


Heather Aguilar

Bookkeeping Division Manager

In 2009 Heather decided to visit her family on Kauai and Oahu. She had been considering moving near her grandfather on Oahu, but she fell in love with the beauty and peace of Kauai. She moved to Kauai soon after in 2010. Family pulled her away for a few years, but in 2014 she came back to visit her soon to be husband. She has loved living on Kauai ever since.
Heather has enjoyed working in accounting for a number of local businesses. She started out handling the bookkeeping for her own small business, and that of her husband. Later she was brought on as a bookkeeper for a local company with approximately 20 employees, and 4 locations.

Heather loves heading down to the beach with a cup of coffee for sunrise. She and her husband, Josh also enjoy playing cribbage, eating poke on the beach, floating and snorkeling.

Helen Merle

HR Generalist, Client & Safety Liaison

Originally from Toronto, Canada, Helen was a market research consultant working in multiple industries, and later focusing on the IT services sales for a Fortune 100 Company.  Helen moved to Kauai in 2005.  Since moving to Kauai she launched a Beauty Distribution business with her husband, which they later dissolved in 2012.  Since 2015, Helen has been working with PayrollHR Hawaii as Payroll, HR and Benefits Manager.  Helen is an energetic leader and motivator, and a high achiever with a relentless work ethic.  Helen is excellent at building relationships.   Helen loves to connect with people and has a passion for serving the community.  

During her free time, Helen enjoys cooking and spending time with her 12-year old daughter, Lea.

Saryta Croeser

Accounting and Operations Manager

Saryta was born and raised in Zimbabwe (Rhodesia), Africa.  She lived and married there until the government changeover in 1980.  Saryta and her family then moved to Cape Town, South Africa and lived there for 19 years.  In 1999, she and her family relocated to Indiana for four years and then Texas for 15 years.  In 2008, on a whim, Saryta and her husband decided to visit Kauai, and fell in love with the island.  They came back a year later, and within five months of this visit, bought a home on the north shore of Kauai.   For the next 10 years, Saryta and her husband were part-time Kauai residents, until they decided to call Kauai their full-time home, in January of 2019. 

Saryta’s 36 years of work experience have been in the business operations and accounting field. In her spare time, Saryta loves experimenting with new recipes, sewing creations for her grandkids, and swimming.


Saryta with husband Gary, and grandkids: Cricket, Iliana, Noah, Atari, and Theodore.