Waiehu , HI
Ko’i Lum has assisted in teaching at the Hawaiian language immersion school Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Paia, and has also been an active Hawaiian culture practitioner for over 15 years, with over 10 years of experience in doing stonework and making Hawaiian implements, including Hawaiian weaponry, papa ku’i’ai, poi pounders, and pohaku ku’i’ai, poi boards. Ko’i has a great wealth of understanding of Native Hawaiian fauna, from wetland, dryland and Hawaiian coastal lands. Ko’i has collaborated with many kalo farmers and practitioners throughout the years, and has over 5 years of ku’i kalo experience.
Ko’ikuokalani Lum is the Hawaiian studies and garden teacher at Hui Malama. Ko’i has been working with and teaching the youth of Maui since 2001 with programs such as Ke Kula Kaiapuni o Paia, Kihei Youth Center and Maui Economic Opportunity. He also volunteered as an assistant paddling coach for Baldwin High School with emphasis on Hawaiian culture and protocol. Ko’i’s background in gardening stemmed from his experiences working with the Auwahi Project, Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps, Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission, and various restoration projects in Kealia, Polipoli, Waikamoi, Lahaina and Wailuku.
Lahaina , HI
From 2012 to present Nameaaea has sat on two State boards, Taro Security & Purity Task Force created in 2008 by the State of Hawaii in the protection of Hawaiian Kalo varieties. He also sits on the Cultural Working Group for Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument working with other Native Hawaiian Educators and Practitioners maintaining and preserving our natural and marine habitats. This past March he started working at Maui Nui Botanical Garden in Wailuku as Kalo Field Assistant caring and managing Native Hawaiian Kalo Varieties.
Kula , HI
Kailea Frederick is a writer and photographer that is deeply committed to sharing stories of individuals and projects that are actively highlighting new stories of possibility and change. This past spring she co-founded Locals for Local Change a project based out of Maui, HI that provides a neutral platform for various social and environmental movements taking place in her home community.
Taimiroa is a 22 year old native Hawaiian woman, born and raised on the island of Hawai‘i. She dedicates her daily life to native forest restoration and conservation, natural farming, and the protection of all lands here in Hawai‘i with her full-time job with botanist and native plant propagation master, Anna Palomino, at the Olinda Rare Plant Facility in Makawao, Maui. There they propagate rare native Hawaiian plants for the islands of Maui, Lana`i, Moloka`i, Kaho`olawe and Molokini. Her job is very important because most of the endemic plants they care for have less than 50 individuals left in the wild. Some of these plants are so rare and only recently rediscovered. The sacred knowledge of them was lost, including the Hawaiian names of some of them. Through her work, she hopes that the native knowledge about these plants will once again be available for the keiki (children) of Hawai‘i.
Taimiroa is also a natural farmer and very active in many different issues involving the protection of the lands and people in Maui: From efforts to stop open air GMO experimentation on the islands, to water rights and Hawaiian sovereignty, to protecting the two pillars of Hawai‘i Nei, the maunas, Haleakalā and Mauna a Wākea. One of the most important things she's learned through it all is that "though our battles are many, our people are more. They are strong, unwavering, and resilient. And the generation coming up after us is even more pa‘a (grounded). The children raised with this indigenous knowledge will teach the world the language their lands speak. They will save the human race and our relationship with this hōnua (earth)."