Board of Directors

Matt Yamashita

President (5/2021-Present)
Vice President (8/2019-5/2021)
Member-At-Large (5/2019–8/2019)
Owner, Quazifilms Media

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Cheney-Ann Pūlama Lima

President (8/2019-5/2021)
Vice President (1/2018–8/2019)
Land, Culture, History Research Manager, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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Audrey Lynne Newman

Secretary/Treasurer (5/2019-Present)
Member-at-Large (3/2019-5/2019)
Conservation & Sustainability Advisor

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Eric Co

Member-At-Large (8/2019–Present)
President (10/2015–8/2019)
Vice President (10/2012–9/2015)
Nearshore Marine Resource Conservation Program Officer, HKL Castle Foundation

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Malia Akutagawa

Member-at-Large (7/2014-Present)
President (2/2010-6/2014)
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

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Keoni Lee

Member-at-Large (5/2019–Present)
Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiʻi Investment Ready
Co-Founder, Waiwai Collective
Co-Founder, ʻŌiwi TV

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Kalei Adolpho

Member-at-Large (11/2019–Present)
Teacher, Molokai Middle School

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Marshall Joy

Member-at-Large (5/2021-Present)
Molokai Farm to School Coordinator, University of Hawaii CTAHR

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Matt Yamashita

President (5/2021-Present)
Vice President (8/2019-5/2021)
Member-At-Large (5/2019–8/2019)
Owner, Quazifilms Media

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Cheney-Ann Pūlama Lima

President (8/2019-5/2021)
Vice President (1/2018–8/2019)
Land, Culture, History Research Manager, Office of Hawaiian Affairs

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Audrey Lynne Newman

Secretary/Treasurer (5/2019-Present)
Member-at-Large (3/2018-5/2019)
Conservation & Sustainability Advisor

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Eric Co

Member-At-Large (8/2019–Present)
President (10/2015–8/2019)
Vice President (10/2012–9/2015)
Nearshore Marine Resource Conservation Program Officer, HKL Castle Foundation

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Malia Akutagawa

Member-at-Large (7/2014-Present)
President (2/2010-6/2014)
Assistant Professor of Law, University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa

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Keoni Lee

Member-at-Large (5/2019–Present)
Chief Executive Officer, Hawaiʻi Investment Ready
Co-Founder, Waiwai Collective
Co-Founder, ʻŌiwi TV

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Kalei Adolpho

Member-at-Large (11/2019–Present)
Teacher, Molokai Middle School

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Marshall Joy

Member-at-Large (5/2021-Present)
Molokai Farm to School Coordinator, University of Hawaii CTAHR

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Staff

Tehani Kaalekahi

Executive Director

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Jamie Ronzello

Food Sovereignty Program Director

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Christopher O’Brien

Director of Finance and Development

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Sarah Miles

Communications and Development Manager

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Leilani Chow

Energy Program Manager

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Harmonee Williams

Project Manager

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Katy Mokuau

Project Coordinator

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Tanya Davis-Mendija

Administrative Assistant

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Vanisa Krula

Mobile Market Admin

Tocatta Spearman-Lindquist

Mobile Market Packer/Driver

Ipo Maʻe

Farm to Market Manager

Momi Afelin

Limu Project Coordinator

Kawanaʻao DeKneef

Food Pantry Coordinator

Champagne Mawae

Food Sovereignty Program Assistant

Melan Rawlins

Food Bank Program Coordinator, Accounting Assistant

Bahar Yaghoubi

Eggs to Market Assistant

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Tammie Kalua

Food Sovereignty Program Assistant

Tehani Kaalekahi

Executive Director

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Jamie Ronzello

Food Sovereignty Program Director

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Christopher O’Brien

Director of Finance and Development

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Sarah Miles

Communications and Development Manager

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Leilani Chow

Energy Program Manager

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Harmonee Williams

Project Manager

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Katy Mokuau

Project Coordinator

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Tanya Davis-Mendija

Administrative Assistant

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Vanisa Krula

Mobile Market Admin

Tocatta Spearman-Lindquist

Mobile Market Assistant

Ipo Maʻe

Farm to Market Manager

Momi Afelin

Limu Project Coordinator

Kawanaʻao DeKneef

Food Pantry Coordinator

Champagne Mawae

Food Sovereignty Program Assistant

Melan Rawlins

Food Bank Program Coordinator, Accounting Assistant

Bahar Yaghoubi

Eggs to Market Assistant

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Tammie Kalua

Food Sovereignty Program Assistant

Theory of Change

When we demonstrate pilina-focused sustainable solutions, we will inspire and empower the people of Molokai to restore ʻāina momona

Vision

ʻĀina Momona: Thriving People and Abundant Land

Mission

To restore ʻĀina Momona (abundant land) to Molokai

In analyzing what makes a truly sustʻāina-ble community, we identified 12 priority areas. We see these 12 components as spokes on a wheel united by the core. That core is the lōkahi (unity) and the pono (harmony) between the land and people when we honor the covenant that comes with the concept of ʻāina. ʻĀina reflects a mutual relationship between the people and the land—where a vibrant planet depends on responsible stewardship.

OUR LOGO… OUR VISION… our commitment

The Sust ʻāinable Molokai design captures the love that we have for our island home. For many of us, Molokai is a living being, a beloved kupuna (ancestor), and cherished member of our ʻohana (family). For this reason, we are fiercely protective of her.

Molokai Nui A Hina—the Great Child of Hina—is enfolded by her mother’s embrace. Hina’s hair adorns Molokai, like the kuahiwi (mountains) that attract the mist and call the rains of blessing upon us. Hina is manifested also in the hinahina flowers that blanket the coastline. Hina is present too in the phases of the moon that mark the times for planting, harvesting, fishing, resting and regeneration.

The design also touches upon Molokai’s reputation from ancient times as ʻāina momona (the fat or abundant land). The ocean appears as a net or a basket weave, connoting an abundant harvest. The school of manini fish and the kalo (taro) growing represent the momona of Molokai that we strive to restore.

The dual black and white imagery of the manini and kalo depicts our collective dream to restore the pono (balance) of the land and sea through living sustainably and renewing our connection to nature.

Placed in the center of Molokai is a bowl of poi, the physical manifestation of Hāloa, the first born and hiapo (eldest brother) of the people. In deference to Haloa, when the poi bowl is on the table, families do not argue. In that spirit, we remain committed to each other as a community and seek together pathways to sust ʻāinability.

Contact Us

Sustainable Molokai
PO Box 250
Kaunakakai, HI 96748

808.560.5410
[email protected]

    Contact Us

    Sustainable Molokai
    PO Box 250
    Kaunakakai, HI 96748

    808.560.5410
    [email protected]

      Sust ʻāina ble Molokai

      Sustainable Molokai
      PO Box 250
      Kaunakakai, HI 96748
      Phone: (808) 560-5410
      [email protected]

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