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 fisherman 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.
Quazifilms Media - Owner
Malia was born and raised on Molokai and is a Founder of Sustʻāinable 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.
University of Hawaiʻi Mānoa - Assistant Professor of Law
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:
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).
Conservation & Sustainability Advisor
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.
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 an 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.
Hawaiʻi Investment Ready - Chief Executive Officer; ʻŌiwi TV - Co-Founder; Waiwai Collective - Co-Founder
Kalei was 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.
Molokai Middle School - Teacher
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.
Tehani Kaalekahi, a fourth-generation Hoʻolehua homesteader, was born and raised on Molokai. She returned to Molokai in 2021 to serve as Sustʻāina ble Molokai’s Executive Director. Her background is in administrative operations, marketing & donor relations for nonprofits, and strategic and workforce analytics for health care systems. Tehani has a Bachelor’s degree in Justice Administration from Hawaii Pacific University and a Master’s degree in Business Management from University of Redlands, California.
Director of Finance and Development
Christopher initially joined SM as our accountant in 2018 and is currently our Director of Admin and Development. His extensive educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science from UH Mānoa, a Juris Doctor from William S. Richardson School of Law, business administration coursework from UH West Oʻahu, and a Masters in Accounting from Shidler College of Business. He has brought a diverse skill set to the organization—where he has been able to provide support in business affairs, compliance, grant writing, policies and procedures, tech support, and other areas. He also currently serves or has served as an accountant, financial and compliance manager, and business/financial consultant to multiple nonprofits/businesses on Molokai as well as serves on a number of nonprofit boards.
Food Sovereignty Program Director
Jamie has a strong background in agriculture and value-added production. She has been farming on Molokai for the past 10 years, including the start-up and management of her successful small business, Barking Deer Farm. She also has experience teaching Sustainable Agriculture courses. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Jamie has been working for Sustʻāinable Molokai since 2015, where she has been instrumental in the expansion of the Food Security Program, especially in the launch of the Mobile Market, which aims to support all farms on Molokai.
Farm to Market Manager
Energy Program Manager
Leilani Chow was raised on Molokai and has worked with SM since 2010, first as a student volunteer, then as an intern, and most recently as our Hui Up appliance Exchange Project Coordinator and Molokai Clean Energy Hui Coordinator. Her background includes a BA in Hawaiian Studies from UH Mānoa, becoming the lead technician for Pono Home on Molokai, and working with SM to provide Molokai residents over 1,200 new energy efficient appliances. Her passions include connecting the dots between aloha ʻāina and our daily energy consumption habits at home.
Harmonee is a co-founder of Sustʻāinable Molokai and has served as Executive Director since 2017. Her background includes environmental planning with communities across Hawaiʻi and the Pacific. Harmonee has a BA from Yale University, and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She lives on the west end of Molokai with her husband Josh Pastrana, and daughters Hineokahāloa and Hahanileʻa.
Raised on Molokai & graduate of MHIS, Katy Mokuau joined in 2020 as a Project Coordinator. Raised amongst her ‘ohana of farmers, educators and union liaisons, she has been involved in ongoing community service and project coordination in many fields over the years. Katy graduated in ‘07 with a Bachelor of Architecture & minor in Ethnic Studies from the University of Oregon. As a LEED Accredited Professional her background highlights eco-design & sustainability. After working in Architecture & Design in Los Angeles for almost 10 years and establishing Keli’a Design, her arch & design company, she’s happy to be home! Katy currently resides on Molokai with her husband, Jason and daughters, Kaiana Marley & ‘Iwa Kai’ōnohi. She’s excited to contribute to Molokai and our sustainability future.
Born and raised on the Molokai Homestead, Tanya is a mother of 3 who enjoys her free time building things around the yard, like bunny cages, “she-sheds,” and keiki hideaways. Feeling like a pioneer of what is now mainstream learning, she attained her Bachelors degree while raising her young children via Excelsior College’s distance learning program back at a time when courses were recorded on VHS tapes and arrived through snail mail. Haha! She has experience working as an Educational Specialist at the local college, as a SPEA and ESL Teacher at the Elementary level and within the non-profit sector as a Program Specialist.
Office Administrative Assistant
Environment & Natural Resources Project Coordinator
Farm Business Specialist
Born and raised on Molokai, Tina is a proud alumni of MHIS and graduate of UH-Maui College. Her background includes business and operations management and regulatory compliance leadership. She is excited to take part in efforts to promote sustainability and looking forward to continuing to work with and for our community.
Food Bank Program Coordinator, Accounting Assistant
Food Pantry Coordinator
Mobile Market Admin
Mobile Market Packer/Driver
Eggs to Market Assistant