Staff & Board
MAʻO Delivery Driver & Customer Sales
Currently a resident of ʻEwa, Dino is a former MA’O college intern who left the farm to pursue other learning and entrepreneurial pursuits. In 2010, Dino returned to MAʻO Organic Farms to fill the much needed delivery driver vacancy. Dino utilizes his excellent customer relations skills to conduct outreach on behalf of MAʻO’s excellent products and people.
MAʻO Delivery Driver & Customer Sales
Kelsey graduated from Waiʻanae High School and from Leeward Community College with her A. A. Degree. After completing her degree, she matriculated to the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu to pursue a degree in Business Administration. Kelsey is an alumni of the Youth Leadership Training program and now contributes her working knowledge of the farm operations to the customers as a point of consumer education for MAʻO’s produce.
Farm Apprentice Co-Manager
Jordan is a graduate of Wai’anae High School and a graduate of the MAʻO YLT program, graduating with an A. A. degree from UH Leeward Community College. Jordan’s is currently enrolled at UH West Oʻahu with a long-term goals to get an M. A. degree in environmental studies. He will utilize his degree toward a career that will allow him to fulfill his cultural prerogative of caring for the land.
Social Enterprise Director
Born and raised in Wai’anae, Kamuela comes from a family of cultural practitioners and farmers committed to sustainable agriculture. A vocal advocate for innovative educational approaches that serve all learners, Kamuela has turned his challenged secondary education experiences into a successful post-secondary academic career. Kamuela has an undergraduate degree in Hawaiian Studies and a M.A in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa.
Farm To Fork Coordinator
Terri resides in ʻEwa Beach, Terri comes to MA’O with a background in organic agriculture, urban gardening, nutrition, and healthy vegan and vegetarian cooking. Terri started with our in-school garden program at Waiʻanae Intermediate School. Since then, she has expanded her program to engage all learners, from pre-K to kupuna, to teach about the farm-to-table and the farm-to-school connection.
Education Resource Specialist, Digital Media
Nicki resides in Waiʻanae and is a proud graduate of Waiʻanae High School. Nicki is also a graduate of the University of Hawai’i West O’ahu with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Since 2009, Nicki has applied her substantial knowledge and skills to oversee the Youth Leadership Training (YLT) program at Searider Productions, Searider Digital and at Makaha Studios.
Farm Operations Director
Gary was born and raised in the farming community of Levin in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Gary completed his under-graduate and graduate studies at the University of HawaiʻI earing an M.A. in Environmental and Political Science, Gary co-founded the non-profit organization WCRC and MA’O Organic Farms with his wife Kukui.
Born and raised on Hawaiian Homestead Lands in Nānākuli, Kukui was raised at the knee of her grandmother, a well-known and loved kupuna, Katherine Maunakea. Kukui is a graduate of Nānākuli High School and the University of HawaiʻI West Oahu with a B.A. in Hawaiian-Pacific Studies.
Derrik was born and raised in Waiʻanae, a graduate of Waiʻanae High School, and a graduate of the UH Leeward Community College with an A. A. degree. Derrik is currently enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi UH West Oʻahu and is a dual Business/ Music major. Derrick’s long-term goals are still in development, but his passion for music will play a role in whatever he does in the future.
Kuʻu is a Waiʻanae resident, a Waiʻanae High School graduate and a graduate of UH Leeward Community College with an A.A degree. Kuʻu is currently enrolled in the Hawaiian Studies program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. Kuʻu hopes to continue her education and earn an M.A. degree, then returning to her community to each Hawaiian Studies at our local high school.
MAʻO Farm Manager
Cheryse is a life-long Waiʻanae resident, a graduate of Waiʻanae High School, a graduate of UH Leeward Community College with an A. A. degree, and a graduate of the University of HawaiʻI, Manoa with a B. A. degree in Hawaiian Studies. Cheryse plans to go back to school to attain an M.A. from the University so that she can be more of service to other youth, other families and the broader community.
Our Board of Directors
Maenette Ah Nee-Benham, Board President & Director
Dean, Hawaiʻinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge
Maenette is currently the Dean of the Hawaiinuiakea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, a center that weaves and connects the various Hawaiian centers of excellence at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa. Maenette brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this community based Board as a former Professor, Higher Education Administrator, and member of numerous indigenous and academic consortiums. Most importantly, she brings hope and aloha to her work.
Kaimana Pine, Board Vice-President
Owner/Designer, Hale Nalu Surf & Bike and K Graphic Designs
Waiʻanae business entrepreneur & life-long resident, Kaimana and his father Derek Pine founded and continues to operate Hale Nalu Surf and Bike on the beautiful town of Waiʻanae on the leeward coast of Oʻahu. Concurrently, Kaimana is the Digital Media and Design Specialist for the statewide nonprofit Blood Bank of Hawaiʻi.
Edward Kenney, Board Secretary & Director
Owner/Chef, Town Restaurant
Ed is chef and owner of Town Restaurant, Uptown Catering, Kaimuki Superette and the newly opened Mudhen Water in Kaimuki. All of the restaurants are community gathering places guided by his mantra, "local first, organic whenever possible and with aloha always" and have received accolades in local and national circles. In addition to serving as a volunteer Director, Ed has been a huge supporter and friend of MAʻO Organic Farms, donating time, energy and expertise to raise scholarship funds for youth.
Keoni Lee, Board Treasurer & Director
Chief of Operations, ʻOiwi Television
Keoni is founder of ʻOiwi Television, the first Hawaiian owned and operated television station for and by the native people of Hawaiʻi. Grounded in the values and culture of Hawaiʻi, ʻOiwi tells stories of people, language, culture and ʻaina from our perspective in order to benefit all people of Hawaiʻi.
Neil Hannahs, Director
CEO & President, Hoʻokele Strategies LLC
Neil is the CEO and President of a maoli, innovative and dynamic consulting firm Ho
Mawae Morton, Director
CEO, Matariki Group
Mawae is an experienced local, national and international consultant on public, private and non-profit sector projects ranging from resource management, conservation and environmental programs, renewable energy projects and agri-business ventures. Matariki Group is a Hawaiʻi based advisory group with wide-ranging engagements that develops and nurtures our food, energy, environment, culture and community for future generations. Mawae works to catalyze innovative and balanced sector and cross-sector opportunities to improve the wellbeing of our people and our place.
Kinohi Gomes, Director
Director, Na Pua No`eau Center for Native Hawaiian Gifted & Talented
Kinohi is an advocate for native Hawaiian students, providing educational opportunity through the Na Pua Noʻeau programs. Na Pua Noʻeau operate from a firm cultural belief that all Hawaiian children are gifted and talented. Kinohi manages all of Na Pua No’eau’s centers throughout Hawai’i (Hawai’i Island, Moloka’i, Maui, O’ahu, Kaua’i and Lana’i) to provide educational and cultural opportunities for students through collaboration with various departments and programs within the university system and the community.
Paula Akana, Director
Senior Broadcast Journalist, KITV 4
Paula brings a wealth of knowledge, talent and expertise to the Board having served in a number of positions in the private communications sector as well as a volunteer in the not-for-profit sector. As a native Hawaiian, a professional journalist KITV 4 News and as a vested resident of the west Oʻahu community, Paula understands difference and impact that volunteering can make to improve the quality of life for our youth, families and community.
Alika Maunakea, Director
Assistant Professor, JABSOM Department of Native Hawaiian Health
Growing up amongst four generations in Waiʻanae, Alika studied and learned from his family the importance of laʻau lapaʻau, traditional Hawaiian medicines and practice. Alika now studies epigenetics, the molecular interaction between the environment and genes, and how changes in this interaction affect diseases that disproportionately affect native Hawaiian populations. Alika understands what impacts good research and learning can make on the quality of life of native Hawaiians.