KALANI KAHALIOUMI

Kalani is the Director of Special Programs for Hawai‘i County’s Department of Parks and Recreation.  His office is housed at the Richardson’s Beach Park,  the site of year-round opportunities for children to cultivate a healthy relationship with the ocean and with others. Kalani believes that through surfing, sailing, and additional activities that are equal parts education and fun, it fosters confidence and stewardship in our children.  In 2013, Kalani hosted a Surfers Healing camp at Richardson Beach and approximately fifty keiki with autism and other disabilities were in attendance. Free of charge, the Hilo Surfers Healing Camp has been held at Richardson’s ever since.  Surfers Healing is a nonprofit organization created by championship surfer Israel Paskowitz and his wife Danielle, for their autistic son Isaiah. Kalani is a member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and has sailed worldwide on the Hōkūle‘a and Hikianalia voyaging canoes, which gave him the knowledge to share and teach others about the importance of caring for the oceans and Island Earth. A former employee with Lokahi Treatment Centers, Kalani worked as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor.  He provided a structure for healing and self-improvement through culture and faith.

KAREN EOFF - ChairWOMAN of the board

Karen Eoff is a forty year resident of Hawai‘i, and has been married to her husband, Gary since 1975.  She attended UCLA, UC Berkeley and UCSB, graduating with a degree in Sociology. She also received a Paralegal Certificate from UH Hilo.  She recently retired from the County of Hawaii having served eight years on the County Council representing District 8, North Kona and ten years prior, working as a Legislative Aide to former Councilman Angel Pilago and other positions within the Legislative Branch.  As a founding member and past president of Kohanaiki ‘Ohana, Karen worked on two landmark Supreme Court cases regarding Native Hawaiian Gathering Rights and the Public Trust and helped organize beach clean-ups, trail and pond restoration projects and Keiki Surf for the Earth, now in its 25th year. These efforts led to the requirement for Cultural Impact Statements in the State of Hawai‘i and a public shoreline park at Kohanaiki.  Karen received the Woman of Distinction Award from the Soroptimist International Organization for outstanding contributions to the Kona community.

Fred Lau

Fred served as the Recreation Director in Waikoloa for the Hawaii County Parks and Recreation Division before his retirement.  Prior to that, he spent four years as the director of Hoolulu Park, which includes Wong Stadium and Afook-Chinen Civic Auditorium. He has spent his professional career working with all ages from keiki to Kupuna.  Fred also worked in the Hospitality industry: Conventions Assistant Manager at the Hyatt Regency Waikkoloa; Convention Director at the Hilton Waikoloa Village, while working for 2 resort corporations on the same property.   Fred is currently the Head Coach for the Honokaa High School Dragons Football Team.  In 2009, under his leadership, they won the BIIF Division I Football Championship. He is committed to helping communities thrive and believes it is a shared responsibility.  He believes that through trust, partnership, goodwill and dedication, we can ensure our community becomes the best version of itself.  Fred leads mainly by example, always doing his best and encouraging others to do the same. While easygoing by nature, no one doubts his authority -  he is direct and decisive when he needs to be. He is respected not only by his players,  but by his peers and community members. He is a man of integrity and able to make the tough calls when necessary.

NANI SVENDSEN

Born and raised in Kohala, Nani has been one of the community’s most active contributors since 1980. She received the “Citizen of the Year” award in 1999 from the North Kohala Merchants Association for outstanding contributions to the community. Nani organized the Makapala and Niulii villages to address water and general plan issues during 1980 - 1982. She organized the first Kohala Christmas Crafts Fair in 1994 to benefit the Summer Fun Program for local children.  Nani was the Co-Chair for the Taste of Kohala 1995-1996.  She also served as the Co-Chair for the Kamehameha Day celebration back in 1995 for six consecutive years before focusing on her garden/taro patch  restoration  project for the last 20 years, which hosts  the healing circle meetings for recovering addicts and the people who love them.

DONNALYN NAPUA KALEI, M.Ed, MA (2)

Donnalyn is a retired Professor from UH-Hawaii Community College after 15 plus years of service. She developed and introduced 5 new programs, 17 new courses and 1 course modification that were approved by Hawaii Community College.   She was recognized state-wide for designing and creating the curriculum for the Substance Abuse Certificate Program, and was a leader in developing online classes.  In her previous years, Donnalyn served as the Director of Therapeutic Living Programs for the Big Island Substance Abuse Council (BISAC).   Over the years, she has received numerous awards: 2007 University of Hawaii Board of Regents’ Excellence in Teaching Medal; 2007 Hung Wo & Elizabeth Lau Ching Faculty Service to the Community Award; 2005 – 2007 University of Hawaii Community College Leadership Champion; 1999 Purple Ribbon Award – Advocacy for Victims of Domestic Violence; 1995 Harry S. Truman Congressional Scholarship - National Finalist; and 1994 University of Hawaii Presidential Scholar.  Donnalyn’s past certifications were as a Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, State of Hawaii; and Alcohol and Drug Counselor- International Certification & Reciprocity Consortium/Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse.