Throughout his career, Alapaki Nahale-a has consistently been an advocate for educated, strong communities. Nahale-a is currently the Dean of Students and Instruction at Laupahoehoe Community Public Charter School, bringing with him the experience of serving as Director of Ka ‘Umeke Kā‘eo Public Charter School in Keaukaha, and as President and Executive Director of the Hawai‘i Charter Schools Network. He has also worked with the Kamehameha Schools, Hawai‘i Community College, and the ‘Aha Pūnana Leo. Nahale-a worked to strengthen communities across Hawai‘i in his role as Chairman and Director of the Hawaiian Home Lands Trust, and in his previous work with the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, and the County of Hawai‘i Legislative Auditor’s office. He has also volunteered his time on the Hawaii County Charter Commission and the board of the Native Hawaiian Legal Corporation. Nahale-a currently serves as the chairman of the Hawaii County Cultural Resource Commission, and was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the Presidential Scholars Commission in 2011. He is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Pennsylvania.
Chad Kālepa Baybayan holds a Masters in Education degree, is fluent in the Hawaiian language, and is captain and navigator of the Hawaiian deep-sea voyaging canoes Hōkūle’a, Hawai’iloa, and Hōkūalaka’i. He has been an active participant in the Polynesian voyaging renaissance since 1975 and has sailed on all the major voyages throughout the South Pacific, the west coast, Micronesia, and Japan.
Kālepa was the past Site Director of Honuakai, the Exploration Sciences Division of ‘Aha Pūnana Leo Inc., which teaches Hawaiian through an immersive environment to the crew aboard the Hōkūalaka’i. He currently serves as Navigator in Residence at the ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawaiʻi, developing wayfinding curriculum and conducting outreach activities.
In 2007, Kālepa and four other Hawaiian men were initiated into the order of Pwo, a two thousand year old society of deep-sea navigators by their teacher, Master Navigator Mau Piailug on the island of Satawal.
Marques Hanalei Marzan is a Hawaiian fiber artist born and raised in Kane‘ohe, O‘ahu. He is highly experienced in his field and has learned and trained under noted experts in Hawai‘i, including master weavers, Julia Minerva Ka'awa and Esther Kakalia Westmoreland. Marques continues to broaden his knowledge base of indigenous Pacific perspectives on his extensive travels, and has represented Hawai‘i in numerous gatherings of indigenous artists, including the Festivals of the Pacific Arts held in Koror, Palau, in 2004, Pagopago, American Samoa, in 2008, Koror, Solomon Islands, in 2012, and the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, in Washington D.C., in 2006.
Mr. Marzan is currently on staff in the Bishop Museum’s Cultural Resources Division, where he is able to provide greater opportunities for cultural practitioners to learn from the treasures of our past. He shares his understanding and passion of the fiber arts through public presentations, demonstrations, and workshops that restore, in modern culture, the living presence of rare Hawaiian forms, materials, and designs. Drawing upon this foundation of knowledge, Mr. Marzan bridges the traditions of the past with the innovations of the present, creating a dialogue within his work that speaks to the evolutionary continuity of culture.
Born in Pauoa, Kona, O‘ahu, Snowbird was raised primarily by her ‘ohana. Besides her mākua, her maternal great-grand mother, her paternal and maternal grandparents and her uncle all helped to influence her love of music and sense of ‘ohana. Her first formal kumu hula was Leimomi Ho and through aunty Momi, Snowbird found her passion for hula. While attending Kamehameha Schools, Snowbird‘s love of music and hula were nurtured by several of her mentors including, Randie Kamuela Fong, Wayne Keahi Chang and her kumu hula, Holoua Stender. Through her hālau, Snowbird is committed to strengthening her lāhui.
Noelani Goodyear Kaopua
Noelani Goodyear Kaopua is a Kanaka ‘Ōiwi who was born and raised in Hawai‘i. She earned her BA in Political Science and Hawaiian Studies from UH Mānoa before completing her PhD at the University of California, Santa Cruz in History of Consciousness. As an associate professor of Indigenous and Hawaiian politics, Noelani teaches courses in Hawai‘i politics, Indigenous politics, and decolonial futures. She also currently serves as the undergraduate chair of the Political Science department.
The ethics and practices of aloha ‘āina guide her academic and community work, as she seeks to document, analyze and proliferate the ways people are transforming imperial and settler colonial relations by mobilizing Indigenous political values and processes. For example, her research has focused on the politics of designing and implementing Native Hawaiian culture- and land-based educational initiatives within and against settler state structures. Her book, The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), discusses some of these tensions and the ways educators and students navigate them. Noelani also teaches and writes about Indigenous social movements, participatory & activist research methods, and Hawaiian sovereignty. Her second book, Ea: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty (Duke University Press, forthcoming), is a collection co-edited with Ikaika Hussey and Kahunawai Wright that explores late-20th and early 21st century Hawaiian organizing for justice and self-determination. More recently, she has also become interested in the intersections of energy and food politics with Indigenous social and political health.
Kamuela Enos is currently the Director of Social Enterprise at MA`O Organic Farms, where he works to leverage community land and youth assets to develop sustainable food systems. He worked previously at Empower Oahu on economic and community development initiatives and with the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, where he served as a research assistant in the Office of Youth Services Strategic Planning Process. He is a Director of the Hawaii Rural Development Council. Mr. Enos holds a B.A in Hawaiian Studies and a M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawai`i at Manoa.
Malia was born and raised on Molokai. She is an attorney and Assistant Professor of Law with both the William S. Richardson School of Law Ka Huli Ao Center for Excellence in Native Hawaiian Law and the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. 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 nine (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. Malia is a member of the State Environmental Council. She is a recent board member of Hawaiian Community Assets, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, HUD-approved housing counseling agency and community lending institution that builds the capacity of low- and moderate-income communities to achieve and sustain economic self-sufficiency with a particular focus on Native Hawaiians. Malia is President and Founder of Sust ʻāina ble Molokai, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that focuses on maintaining Molokai’s cultural legacy of ʻāina momona (abundant land) while embracing modern pathways to a sustainable future.
Jamaica Osorio is a kanaka maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar born and raised in Pālolo Valley (Oʻahu) to parents Jonathan and Mary Osorio. Jamaica’s artistic experience ranges from poetry writing/ performance to fiction/ essay writing and music while her academic interest span from ʻikeHawaiʻi, ethnic studies, literature, politics and critical race theory. Jamaica is a three-time national poetry champion, poetry mentor and a published author. She is a proud graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford (BA) and New York University (MA) and looks forward to finally moving home and beginning her PhD studies in English (kanaka maoli literature) at the University of Mānoa.