Founder, Executive Director
Hi’ilei, a native of Kahalu’u, O’ahu became Paepae o He’eia’s Executive Director in 2007 after having served as an educator, facilities manager and Kū Hou Kuapā Coordinator for the organization for over 6 years. Raised in Kahalu’u by her skilled fishing family, she has been a student to the art and science of lawai’a and Kāne’ohe Bay her entire life. She is a 1995 graduate of Punahou School, and also received a Bachelors of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.
Founder, Assistant Executive Director
Keli’i, a native of Kailua, O`ahu is currently the ‘Āina Momona or CBED Coordinator. As such this former educator and fiscal manager of the organization is now responsible for bringing awareness of the fishpond to the community while also leading the production and sale of He’eia fish and limu. Keli’i is a 1996 graduate of Kamehameha Schools who received a BA in Economics from Whitman College and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Hawai’i.
Sena moved from California and is happy to call Kailua, Oahu her home now. She comes from a diverse background in business management, including operating a veterinary hospital for many years. She is a graduate of UC San Diego majoring in Business Management. When Sena is not at the fishpond, she enjoys all aspects of the ocean and activities such as snorkeling with her family.
Ka ‘Ai Kamaha’o Coordinator
Kanaloa, a native of Kaʻalaea, Oʻahu began with our organization as the Education Assistant and has returned to lead the program and steer its direction. He is a graduate of University of Hawaii – Mānoa with a bachelors in Biology. First and foremost he is a surfer and also enjoys fishing, farming, and playing with his kids.
Kū Hou Kuapā Coordinator
Peleke was born in Hilo, Hawai‘i but raised mainly in Waimea, Kaua‘i. He is a 2001 graduate of Waimea High School and received his BA in Hawaiian Studies, focusing on Malama ‘Āina, from UH-Mānoa. His mālama ‘āina experiences including dry stack wall-building at historic sites are of great value to our Kū Hou Kuapā team. He enjoys working outdoors, all sports, and spending quality time with family and friends.
Kū Hou Kuapā Technician
Born and raised in Waimānalo, Kinohi began as an intern with Paepae o He‘eia for 1 year before being hired in September 2009. Now as the internship coordinator she has the kuleana of managing our interns, serving as a liason between different huaka’i sites around Ko’olaupoko. She is a Kamehameha Schools graduate and received her BA in Hawaiian Studies from UH-Mānoa. Most importantly, Kinohi is the proud mother of her three children, La’iku, Hipu‘u, and Kohina.
Paepae Pōhaku Program Manager
A native of Hauʻula, Koʻolauloa, Mamo has extensive experience working with communities as a teacher and practitioner of cultural education and outreach. Mamo also seriously enjoys farming including loʻi and loko iʻa, and is a regular in the ahupuaʻa of Kahana helping with various mauka and makai food restoration projects.
Kū Hou Kuapā Technician
Ikaika was born and raised in Waimānalo and has been involved in different capacities at He‘eia Fishpond for quite a few years. Before graduating from Ke Kula `o Kamakau in 2008, he participated in various projects as a student and summer intern. He is currently a student at UH-Manoā and an employee with our Kū Hou Kuapā team. In addition to spending time with his ‘ohana, he enjoys playing sports and working out.
Kū Hou Kuapā Project Manager
Born and raised in Kailua, Keahi was first introduced to the fishpond in 2011 with UH-Manoa’s Malama Loko I’a class. He was an intern from January to May 2012 and then joined the Kū Hou Kuapā in June 2012. Keahi graduated from Kamehameha-Kapalama in 2006 and attended Santa Barbara City College before transferring to UH-Manoā. Keahi enjoys playing music and gigs throughout the state with various reggae bands.
Ka ʻAi Kamahaʻo Assistant
Pūlama was born and raised in Washington, and at 18 years old, she returned to her ancestral lands to reconnect with family and culture. She graduated with a bachelors degree in Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa. She has previously worked with Huliauapaʻa and Sierra Club on environmental advocacy, while incorporating cultural research. Pūlama is also a cultural educator, teaching lauhala weaving in the community.
ʻAina Momona Technician
Loea was born on Oʻahu and raised half in Aiea with her grandparents and half in Mililani with her parents. She has a serious interest for developing aquaculture to provide sustainable food resources for the Hawaiian community. She has received a Bachelors of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Other than playing with animals, Loea enjoys games like Dungeons and Dragons and is an insatiable reader.
Janet was born and raised in upstate New York. She moved to Hawaiʻi in 1993 to become the Director of Laboratory Services at the Blood Bank of Hawaii. She earned a BA in Biology from Aurora University, is certified as a Specialist in Blood Banking (SBB) and has a MBA in Technology Management from the University of Phoenix. She retired from the blood bank in 2013 to pursue artistic and cultural interests, which include studying with Hālau Hula Ka Noʻeau, working at Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy, lauhala weaving, quilting and crafts, cooking, and enjoys photographing sunrises. She is currently pursuing a more sustainable lifestyle by downsizing to a tiny house, growing her own food, and intends to live off grid with solar renewable energy. It is the philosophy of sustainability that led her to the fishpond.