Board of Directors
President, Dr. Judith Lemus
Academic Program Specialist, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB)
Dr. Lemus is a marine science and education specialist at the Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology at the University of Hawaii. She develops collaborative partnerships that promote community-science interactions, integrate science and culture, and provide professional development opportunities for both young and established scientists. She has taught and led science education and outreach programs in different venues for over 20 years. She received her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biology from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Marine Biology from the University of Southern California. She has served on the boards of both regional and national science education organizations and is currently the lead PI and director of the National Science Foundation “Center for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence” in Hawaii (COSEE Island Earth). Before coming to Hawaii, she was Director of Education for the Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies at USC, designing, authoring and teaching marine science curricula, teacher workshops, parent-child cooperative learning programs, and marine science summer programs for middle and high school students.
Vice President, Mrs. Kalikolīhau Hannahs Paik
Kalikolīhau “Līhau” Hannahs Paik is a musician, small business owner and an independent consultant. A 1999 graduate of Kamehameha Schools, Lïhau attended UH Mānoa, getting a Bachelors degree in Hawaiian Studies and a Bachelors degree in Marketing in 2004. She then pursued a dual graduate degree at UH Mänoa, graduating in 2006 with a Masters in Business Administration and in 2007 with a Juris Doctorate from Richardson School of Law. After passing the Hawai`i State bar exam, Līhau started her own independent cultural consulting business, utilizing the many skills that she acquired through her education. She is also a full time musician as one half of the duet, Kūpaoa, with her husband, Kellen. Together they own the record label, Hulu Kūpuna Productions, which has produced multi-Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winning artists Kūpaoa, Mark Yamanaka and Nā Palapalai. Līhau was one of the founding members of Paepae o He`eia, and served the organization as the Office Manager, Special Projects Manager and Grant Writer for 8 years before leaving to pursue her independent cultural consulting business and music. She remained connected to Paepae and to the fishpond and is pleased to be able to serve the organization in this new capacity as a board member.
Treasurer, Mr. Keith Keli’imō’īwai Aea Chang
Land Asset Manager, Kamehameha School
Keith was born and raised in Kailua, O’ahu. Upon graduation from Kamehameha Schools(’89), he received a BA in Communications from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon (’93) and MBA from the Unversity of Hawai’i at Mānoa Schidler College of Business (2007). He spent 17 years in various positions in banking and is currently a Land Asset Manager with Kamehameha Schools. He resides in Kāne’ohe with my wife (Lee) and two children; my son, Kahiau and daughter ‘Auli’i. Currently, he is a Board Member for Friends of the Leeward Coast Charter School (a non-profit that provides financial support for Ka Waihona o ka Na’auao PCS Nānākuli) and Paepae o He’eia. Other community groups and Board of Directors that he has served on are the Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, Pa’i Foundation, American Cancer Society, Aloha Council – Boy Scouts of America, Waianae Early Education Center, and the Waianae Military Civilians Advisory Council.
Secretary, Ms. Kalei Stern
Educator, Mid Pacific Institute
Director, Dr. Bradley ‘Kai’ Fox
Aquaculture Manager, Maris Garden
Kai was born and raised in Nu‘uanu, O‘ahu. He graduated from the University Laboratory School (ʻ96) and attended the University of Redlands (ʻ00), where he obtained a bachelor of science in biology. He returned to O‘ahu and worked for two years at The Oceanic Institute, where he rediscovered his love for fishing and diving. That experience led him to pursue a master’s degree (’05) and Ph.D. (’08) in fish physiology from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. After working as an extension specialist in the Land Grant at UHM in aquaculture for three years, Kai took a job at a private aquaponics farm in Mililani, where he oversees its aquaculture production. In addition to serving on this board, Kai is also a board member for ULS and serves as an affiliate faculty member in the Department of Molecular Bioscience and Bioengineering at UH. He currently lives in Nu‘uanu with his wife, Catherine, and three dogs.
Director, Mrs. Mahinapoepoe Paishon-Duarte
Po’okumu/Principal, Halau Ku Mana Charter School
Mahina Paishon Duarte hails from O‘ahu o Kakuhihewa and serves as the organization’s Board President. As co-founder and first executive director, Mahina and her core leadership team transitioned the organization from a loose volunteer group to a thriving not-for-profit that is recognized for place-based education and Hawaiian fishpond revitalization. She continues to support Paepae’s educational efforts and strategic reach into the broader community as the principal of Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School, a partner of Paepae o He‘eia.
Director, Mr. Billy Richards
Director of Communications, Partners in Development
Mr. Richards has held management positions in both the public and private sector, primarily in the field of aquaculture. He spent close to two decades at The Oceanic Institute, a private non-profit research organization. More recently in the private sector, he was Vice-President and General Manager of Hawai‘i High Health Seafood Corporation, the sales and marketing subsidiary of a large land-based aquaculture operation located on Kaua‘i. He currently works for Partners In Development Foundation, a public not-for-profit company that serves the Native-Hawaiian Community through social and educational programs. He has been involved with Hawai‘i’s voyaging community since 1975 and has served aboard the voyaging canoes Hokule‘a, Hawai‘iloa, Makali‘i and Hokualaka‘i. He presently is the President of “The Friends of Hokule‘a and Hawai‘iloa” and serves as Co-chair of the ‘Ohana Wa‘a, a round-table collaborative of voyaging organizations from all islands.
Director Emeritus, Mrs. Kau’i Sai-Dudoit
Project Manager, Ho`olaupa`i Project, Bishop Museum
Bio coming soon…
Director Emeritus, Dr. Jo-Ann Leong
Director, Hawai`i Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawai`i at Mānoa
Dr. Jo-Ann C. Leong is the Director of the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology (HIMB) and Professor in the School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She received her doctoral degree in 1971 from the University of California at San Francisco, School of Medicine. Dr. Leong was a Distinguished Professor, former Chairman of the Department of Microbiology, and the Emile Pernot Endowed Professor at Oregon State University. She is an elected member of the American Academy of Microbiology. She now serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Center of Tropical and Subtropical Aquaculture, is President of the National Association of Marine Laboratories, is Co-Chair of the Ecosystem Science and Management Working Group for the NOAA Scientific Advisory Board, and is on the Executive Secretariat for the Federal Advisory Committee on the National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC). Dr. Leong has published 125 refereed research papers resulting from the work of her 18 doctoral and 6 M.S. students. Dr. Leong has focused HIMB’s research efforts on determining the effects of climate change on Pacific island marine ecosystems based on faculty expertise in coral reef ecosystem health, marine vertebrate and invertebrate evolution, connectivity and biogeography.