Staff & Board

Our Staff

  • Dino Berengue
    Dino Berengue
    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.

  • Jordan DeMotto
    Jordan DeMotto
    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.

  • Kamuela Enos
    Kamuela Enos
    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.

  • Terri Langley
    Terri Langley
    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.

  • Nicki Manivanh
    Nicki Manivanh
    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.

  • Gary Maunakea-Forth
    Gary Maunakea-Forth
    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.

  • Kukui Maunakea-Forth
    Kukui Maunakea-Forth
    Executive Director

    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 Parker
    Derrik Parker
    Farm Co-Manager

    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.

  • Cheryse Sana
    Cheryse Sana
    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

  • Kaimana Pine, Board President & Director
    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.

  • Mawae Morton, Board Vice-President & 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.

  • Alika Maunakea, Board Secretary & 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.

  • 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

  • Edward Kenney, 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.

  • 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.