Harmonee is a co-founder of Sustʻāina ble 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.
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.
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 Sustʻāina ble 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.
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.
Started working for Sustainable Molokai in 2017 as part of the Mobile Market Team, and is happy to be growing along with the organization into new responsibilities and scope as Communications & Development Manager. She honed her communications skills while working for New Leaf Community Markets in Santa Cruz, California as Marketing & Creative Director. She remains curious about innovative ways to include many voices and viewpoints in communication and collaboration to define and realize the greater good. She has an BA from University of California at Santa Cruz and an MA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, both in literature.
Leilani Chow was raised on Molokaʻi 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 Molokaʻi, 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.
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.
Bahar was born in Iran, but her life circumstances brought her to Hawaii at an early age, for preschool and kindergarten. Raised mostly in California, Bahar’s passion for sports and people guided her to a 13 year career in collegiate athletics/recreation, starting at her Alma Mater UC Davis and ending at Hawaii Pacific University. After meeting her husband, and moving to Mokokai in 2015, she has helped operate the non profit, Seed of Love, founded by Bahar’s mom. Over the past six years Bahar has dedicated her life to contributing to the community in any way that is asked or needed, from teaching gardening and cooking classes to Molokai youth, to rescuing hundreds of dogs and cats, to growing and sharing thousands of pounds of food with neighbors. Along the way she created a little product called Kalo and Olive Hummus, which helped support all her work on Molokai with Seed of Love as well as plant over 400 olive trees in Palestine.