Born and raised on the island of Molokai, Pūlama Lima is a current PhD candidate in Anthropology at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa specializing in Hawaiian and Pacific Archaeology. She has over 9 years experience in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) and Heritage Preservation in Hawaiʻi, working as an Archaeologist and Cultural Resource Management Specialist in both the Private and Federal Sectors. Pūlama is also the Executive Director of Ka Ipu Makani Cultural Heritage Center and has also served on the Maui County Cultural Resource Commission. In addition to her background in CRM, Pūlama has also had experience working in Education at the University of Hawaii Maui College—Molokai Education Center, where she worked as the Academic Support Specialist and lectured in Hawaiian Studies and Anthropology. She is also fluent in Hawaiian Language and has experience in translating Hawaiian Language documents/recordings, including producing Hawaiian language educational materials.
Pūlama is currently employed by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs as the Pou Kākoʻo Noiʻi ʻIke Kūpuna (Land, Culture, History Research Manager) in the Paia Kāne, Research Division, where she is tasked with the responsibility of providing quantitative, qualitative, and comparative research services to OHA, so that they can make informed decisions using credible historical analyses to protect Native Hawaiian physical and intellectual rights. In this capacity, Pūlama also oversees the Kuleana Tax Exemption Program as well as the Papakilo and Kīpuka digital repositories of Hawaiian Knowledge.
Through her role as the Executive Director of Ka Ipu Makani, Pūlama’s background in Agriculture comes from her coordination of the Kāwao Kaʻamola Loʻi Restoration Project at Kaupapa Loʻi o Kaʻamola on Molokai, where the non-profit is currently restoring a 1.6 acre loʻipunawai (spring-fed irrigated pond field for cultivation of taro/kalo).
Matt was born and raised on Molokai and continues to live and work there today. A filmmaker by trade, Matt has owned and operated his production company, Quazifilms Media, since 2001. His films focus on telling stories about culture, conservation, activism, and sustainability. His documentaries have won numerous awards and have received national and international broadcast.
With deep family roots on Molokai, Matt is committed to serving his community. He has volunteered as board president for the Molokai Community Health Center, founding president of Molokai Child Abuse Prevention Pathways, and head coach for AYSO, Intermediate and High School soccer programs. He also has a long working relationship with Sustainable Molokai, going back to the very first Sustainable Molokai Conference.
Matt is a graduate of Molokai High School and holds a BFA in Film/TV Production from Chapman University. Having sold residential solar PV as a side job for 5 years, Matt also brings knowledge and experience in renewable energy. As a lifelong fishermen and surfer, he brings a personal passion for the ocean. His approach to life is driven by collaboration, spiritual grounding, creativity, respect for the planet, and faith in humanity.
Audrey Lynne Newman
Audrey has more than 30 years of experience working with leaders and teams to create and implement conservation and sustainability initiatives at the site, state, national, regional and global scales. Her expertise includes Facilitation, Strategic Planning, Collaboration & Partnership Development, Project Management, Organizational Effectiveness, Peer Learning, and Leadership Networks. Since 2016, she has enjoyed using her skills and experience to support and strengthen worthy projects led by partner organizations as an advisor, board or committee member, consultant and friend.
From 2011 to 2015, Audrey spearheaded Hawaiʻi Green Growth (HGG) and the Aloha+ Challenge. HGG is a public-private partnership and statewide network that helps catalyze action across government, private sector and civil society to achieve Hawaiʻi’s 2030 sustainability goals, and serve as a model for integrated green growth. Since 2010, she has served as Senior Advisor to the Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), where she provides guidance and support on strategy, international partnerships, program implementation, organizational effectiveness, funding, communications and monitoring.
In 25 years with The Nature Conservancy (TNC), Audrey launched, directed and advised a wide variety of conservation initiatives in Hawaiʻi, the Pacific islands, Indonesia, China and globally. In Hawaiʻi, she worked with partners to create and lead many key early conservation programs – Hawaiʻi Heritage Program database to guide conservation planning; Hawaiʻi Conservation Biology Initiative, which became the HI Conservation Alliance; Natural Area Partnership & Forest Stewardship programs & long-term funding mechanisms; and five new nature reserves. As Deputy Director and Senior Conversation Advisor for TNC’s Asia Pacific region, her accomplishments included launching and strengthening:
Micronesians in Island Conservation (MIC) – a pilot learning networking for leaders of government and non-government conservation organizations across Micronesia.
Pacific Invasives Learning Network (PILN) and associated Pacific Invasives Partnership, strengthening regional coordination and action in invasive species management.
Conservation Coaches Network (CCNet), which trains and coordinates peer learning for conservation coaches in more than 50 countries.
Island Biodiversity Programme of Work under the UN Convention for Biological Diversity (UNCBD)
Global Island Partnership recognized under the UNCBD and the UN Commission for Sustainable Development to promote leadership and collaborative action to build resilient and sustainable island communities.
Audrey lives on Molokai with her husband, dog and garden—and continues to work with partner organizations to advance conservation and sustainability locally and globally. She is a graduate of the University of Hawaiʻi, Mānoa (MA in Geography) and the University of California, Irvine (BS in Biology).
Eric Co has over 20 years professional experience working in the fields of fisheries management, marine science and conservation in Hawai‘i, the Pacific Islands, the Caribbean, and Australia. He did his undergraduate work in biology at Holy Cross College in Massachusetts, followed by a MA in Marine Resource Management (Geography) from the University of Hawai‘i- Mānoa. His MA thesis was a study on the integration of Traditional Hawaiian fishing practices with Western, science-based ocean resource management approaches. He is currently pursuing an Executive MBA at the UH- Shidler School of Business.
While attending UH, he began working for The Nature Conservancy in Hawai‘i where he helped to build their marine program for almost seven years. During this time he also had the privelege of supporting and learning from communities across the state and in the Pacific in their efforts to manage their marine resources. He also had the opportunity to contribute to new tools, approaches, and technologies for marine management in Hawai‘i. This experience was followed by 3 years with the Federal government, offering technical support and grant opportunities to organizations throughout the Pacific for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center. In this position he learned of the impact grantmaking can have on marine management effectiveness, and was committed to growing NOAA’s funding presence in Hawai‘i during his federal service. Eric joined the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation as their first Marine Conservation program Officer in September, 2011. Eric has also served as crew aboard Hōkūle’a since 2005.
Malia was born and raised on Molokai and is President and Founder of Sust ʻāina ble Molokai. She is an attorney and Assistant Professor of Law with both the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law and Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. Malia is a 1997 alumnus of the William S. Richardson School of Law, having earned a Juris Doctor and Environmental Law Certificate. Her focal studies included Hawaiian and water rights, environmental regulations, land use, administrative and international law.
She is part of Hui ʻĀina Momona, a consortium of scholars throughout the university community charged with addressing compelling issues of indigenous Hawaiian knowledge and practices, including the legal regime and Native Hawaiian rights associated with mālama ʻāina, and with focus on cross-disciplinary solutions to natural and cultural resource management, sustainability, and food security.
Before joining the law school and Hawaiʻinuiākea faculty, Malia was the Director of the Molokai Rural Development Project for 9 years. She led training and education initiatives through the University of Hawaiʻi Maui College – Molokai and partnered with a number of community organizations to strengthen the capacity of the workforce and local economy.
Born and raised on the island of Oʻahu, Keoni is a Native Hawaiian entrepreneur and community change agent. He co-founded ʻŌiwi TV – a media production company that leverages the power of media to reshape the narratives of the modern Hawaiian experience. He also co-founded Waiwai Collective, a contemporary Hawaiian gathering space that is growing a community and movement grounded in collective values and shared responsibilities to mobilize systemic change in Hawaiʻi. In his current role as CEO of Hawaiʻi Investment Ready, he is working to accelerate social enterprise impact and increase investment into Hawaiʻiʻs innovative impact sector.
Keoni is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and went on to Oregon State University and has a MBA from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His leadership accomplishments also garnered his selection in the Omidyar Fellows program and the First Nations Futures Program.
Kalei is born and raised on Molokai and a graduate of Molokai High School. She currently serves as a PE teacher at Molokai Middle School. She has a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education Administration from UH Mānoa. As an avid worker with our youth, she also serves as the volunteer coach for Molokai club volleyball and is the head coach for Molokai High Schoolʻs girls basketball.
A 5th generation Hawaiian homestead farmer from Hoʻolehua, Marshall received his master’s degree in Education Curriculum and Instruction from UHM, and holds a professional degree in Health and Physical Education. He is a past president of the Hawaiʻi Fruit Growers-Molokaʻi Chapter and has taught in Hawaii DOE schools for over 15 years.
Crystal Egusa is 4th generation growing up in Hanapepe on Kauai’s west side. She graduated from Waimea High School in 1972, attended college in Washington State for 3 years, then transferred and graduated from UH Manoa’s Dental Hygiene program. She worked in private practices on both Oahu and Kauai. Representing the UH DH program, she spent several months in Japan introducing and demonstrating Dental Preventative Health instrumentation techniques to Dentists and Dental Hygiene students.
Crystal moved to Molokai in 1980 with her husband Jeff to take over and develop family business, Friendly Market Center. She was Vice President from 1983 till her retirement in 2017, but she continues to serve as a consultant. Though she retired from Dental Hygiene in 2022, she remains busier than ever.
Born and raised on the island of Molokai in the homesteading community of Hoʻolehua, Barbara appreciates how “simple” life was growing up in a community where you could walk a mile to school safely or accept a ride being offered by someone passing by because they knew who you were. She was educated at Kamehameha School on Oahu while boarding from seventh grade until she graduated, thankful that she had siblings and cousins attending at the same time because it helped her stay connected to ʻohana and Molokai. Earning a B.A. in sociology and MSW from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, she returned to Molokai to “give back” to the community that raised her. Besides working in the pineapple fields during summers, Barbara was blessed to work for Liliʻuokalani Trust in various capacities for the next 45 years until she retired in 2020. She currently serves as a board member of Hauʻoli Mau Loa, a private, grant-making foundation that focuses on youth and the environment. She stays active helping her son on the homestead farm and being involved in several community groups concerned with health, food sovereignty, and our environment.