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Jane Au

Program Director

Jane Lokomaikaʻikeakua Au was raised on the shores of Māeaea, on the island of Oʻahu. She is a daughter, sister, moʻopuna, artist, and enthusiast of nature. She obtained her BA and MA in Religion at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she focused on Hawaiian Religious beliefs and practices. She has spent several years studying religious theory, focusing in particular on indigenous belief systems and their inherent messages of sustainability. She strives to incorporate traditional Hawaiian aesthetics, genres, and epistemologies in her work. In 2018 she successfully defended her Master’s thesis on Kanaloa, the principle oceanic deity in Hawaiʻi, using rarely accessed Hawaiian Language resources and materials. She currently works as the program director for ʻĀina Momona. Her goal is to work towards a more sustainable future, where humans live in harmony with natural and cultural resources.


Julie Uʻilani Au 

Education, Research, and Outreach Director

Mercy Ritte

Molokaʻi Program Co-Director

Mercy Ritte, a wife and mother of four children, invests her time in advocating and promoting healthy lifestyle options in her community. Her experience spans 9 years of community engagement related to issues that impact human health & the environment and 5 years of teaching plant-based cooking classes. She has worked with young children, teens, adults, and kupuna. Mercy currently holds a BA in Psychology, is a certified holistic nutritionist, and is earning her graduate degree in original medicine & naturopathy. 

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Alexa Bader

Communications Director

Alexa Meleana Bader leads ʻĀina Momona's various social media accounts, website management, newsletter, and graphics for the organization. Alexa is a Kamehameha Schools graduate and holds a BA in Arts Administration with a concentration in Music, Public Relations, Marketing and Communications with a minor in Media Arts from Simmons University in Boston, MA. She is based on Hawaiʻi Island. She currently runs her own digital marketing agency, Meleana Marketing LLC which focuses on improving nonprofits' and businesses' social media presence, website design and graphic design. 



Kahekili Pa-Kala


Iolana Corpuz


Kamaki Ritte-Managan

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