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Board Members

 

J. ALOHALANI SMITH- PRESIDENT

A lineal descendant deep within Hana from the lines of Piilani to Makahilahila & Aikau, just to name a few. A Carpenter Apprentice living off-grid in Kaupō and raising cattle with her Family in rough terrain and harsh weather sure has its challenges. Alohalani has been an Entrepreneur since the age of 8 years old with some LLC’s, she is the Representative for the Aha Moku System O Kaupō under Act 212, section 1 for 10 years, served in various Community Boards to stay engaged and served on the American Red Cross in Leadership for Natural Disasters for 10 years. She is also the Founder of Wakiu Community Development Corporation. Alohalani’s major focus is assisting the East End Community of Beneficiaries on the Prince Kuhio’s Hawaiian Home Lands/Trust for housing needs. This will lessen the load for the over crowded living conditions in Hana.

SAM KALALAU III – VICE-PRESIDENT

Born and raised in Hana, where I have lived and worked most of my life. I am the father of two sons, grandfather of six boys and great grandfather of one girl. I graduated from Hana High School and served in the U.S. Army, 82nd Airborne Division. I have an Associate Degree from MCC and have been retired from the County of Maui where I held the position of Highway Supervisor for twenty- five years. I am a part time farmer with Hana Fresh, growing organic Hawaiian traditional crops. I am past Chairman of the Maui County Cultural Resources Commission and have served as a member of the Maui County Planning Commission, Maui County Grants Commission, Lanai-Maui Burial Council and Maui County Board of Variances and Appeals.  I have also served on the Board of Directors of many non-profit organizations including Hana Affordable Housing and Community Development Corporation, Hana Little League, Hana Museum and Cultural Center, Hana Canoe Club, Hana Health, the East Maui Taro Festival, the Pohaku Corporation for the development of diversified agriculture, and Pa Ku’ i A Holo, a Hawaiian Cultural Organization.

DESIREE (MANAOIS) PALI – SECRETARY

 

NANI PARK KAIKALA – TREASURER

 

FAWN SHERIE KUKUNAOKALA HELEKAHI-BURNS

Born and raised in Hana and currently resides as a lineal Descendant in Koali, Hāna Maui.  I LOVE this beautiful place of Hāna, a place that I’ve always called home even in the times of my college schooling in the mainland, O’ahu and Big Island.  My family ties are deeply rooted in Waikaloa, Kipahulu, Kaupo, Kahikinui, Koali, and Muole’a.  Being raised by my grandparents Clara Kalalau and Joseph Tolentino in Waikaloa, I’ve gotten a first-hand glimpse into the traditional knowledge of my surroundings from Kainalimu out to Nanu’alele (‘Ahole Point)  all the way across the bay into Mokuhano or the slope of Ka’uiki Hill.  The mo’olelo, hula, and mele passed to me by my grandmother along with my mother Lovena Kealohanui Tolentino Helekahi, and traditional farming and gathering from the ocean by my grandfather.  These cultural aspects have set a foundation that anchored me into this land of Hāna or East Maui.  While I left to go to college in various locations, it was my father who reminded me to claim my genealogical rights to family lands in Koali and that it would be me to not only return to the lands of my ancestors for security but also to revitalize genealogical roots of our Hawaiian people of Hana and secure them to this lands for generations to come.  I sit on this board to work with people who want to secure our Hawaiian population of Hāna which will allow them to THRIVE, not just survive.  In every aspect of my being, I feel the this is a pivotal time for the Hawaiian community of Hana to utilize whatever avenue to do so.  Hawaiian Home Lands is just another avenue to strengthen our families which will strengthen our future in Hāna.

 

MARY ANN KAHANA

Mary Ann Kahana currently resides on generational land in Hamoa Village, Haneo`o.  She is from the Pi’ilani lineage and feels blessed to return to her mother’s birth homeland.  She earned a BS in Nursing from University of Hawaii and MSN from University of Phoenix, Family Nurse Practitioner.  Mary Ann directly commissioned into the Air Force in 1997 and retired in 2017.  Her deployment experience includes tours to Qatar, Djibouti, Balad in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.  She joined Wakiu CDC because Hawaiians are landless in their own Kingdom of Hawaii.  Ultimately, Department of Hawaiian Homelands (DHHL) role is to place Hawaiian beneficiaries on Hawaiian home lands.  Our kuleana is to support Hana beneficiaries with deep ancestral ties to remain and live in Hana such as Wakiu.

LORETTA MARIA FONTANILLA O’HARA

 
Born, raised and currently resides as a Lineal Descendant in Hana, rich of her hawaiian history. From the battlefield of Wananalua to the fortified walls of Ka’uiki head, the spiritual lands beloved by the Ruling Chiefs of Hawaii and the Birth of Kaahumanu in a cave.
Growing up with her Fontanilla, Kalalau, Kalaola and Kaulainamoku Ohana. She lived in a plain Hicks, box-like house painted dark green with a tin roof and one car garage. They lived off the land growing their own produce. She is very involved and felt the calling for help in supporting and protecting Iwi Kupuna. She also serves as a Board of Director on the Ke Ao Hali’i (Save the Hana Coast) Non-Profit. As a Steward, she is proud to have such Kuleana to engage her cultural skills. Loretta, also known as Etta, is proud to serve as a Board of Director on the Wakiu CDC knowing she can continue to raise her Ohana on the Hawaiian Homelands in Hana for future generations to come. She understands the hardships the Community is dealing with when it comes to housing issues. She wants positive change for Hana.

RIDGE STYLES KUKINI ESTRELLA

Hana Grown, culturally diversed in skills, trade, and intellectual knowledge passed down from generations to generations of old Hawaiian traditional-contemporary values continuing to learn from the community and Aloha Aina (love of the land).  It takes a Village to raise a child and so we continue to nurture our Kupuna’s ways of Old in caring for one another of our Community/Beneficiary’s lifestyle and help them to thrive.  Ridge Styles has lived in the Wakiu Ahupua’a his whole life farming the Aina and is proud to be serving on the Board of the Wakiu CDC. He brings a wealth of knowledge to the Board.  He understands the importance of hard work and dedication to be good stewards of the land and its people. “Now is the time for advancement to continue to educate our people, work together with our global community organizations for the betterment of our people and lands. Ridge’s goal is; let’s get our people on the Aina, working the Aina, raising their families, flourishing to sustain their generations in Hana”.

 

KAWE’A BOECHE

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Email: wakiucdc@gmail.com
Cell/text: (808) 870-2820
Address: P.O. Box 1269
Kula, Maui, Hawai`i 96790

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