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.
Molokaʻi Program Co-Director
Mahina Poepoe oversees ‘Āina Momona's program activities on Moloka‘i. She has a successful background in business and uses her skills to help with the administration of the organization's projects. She also often works on the land helping to actively care for and restore the island's natural and cultural resources.
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.
Alexa Meleana Bader leads ʻĀina Momona's website management, social media, newsletter, and graphics for the organization. Alexa is a proud graduate of Kamehameha Schools and currently 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.
Research and Community Engagement Director
Momi leads ʻĀina Momona’s community engagement and research efforts including our partnership with Molokaʻi GO Limu Hui to remove Gorilla Ogo from the South Shore of Molokaʻi. Momi is especially passionate about the intersection of human and environmental health. She is a graduate of Molokai High School and holds a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Wesleyan University.
Julie Uʻilani Au
Education, Research, and Outreach Director
ʻO wai lā o ʻoukou i ʻike ʻole iaʻu ka mea nona ka inoa ma luna? A ʻo wai lā hoʻi o ʻoukou i ʻike ʻole i kaʻu mau hana i waena o ʻoukou? A ʻo wai lā hoʻi o ʻoukou e haʻohaʻo ana i ka mea nona ka inoa ma luna a nona nō hoʻi ka hana noiʻi e hoʻopuka ʻia ana? ʻO wai lā hoʻi kēia wahine uʻi launa lua, kēia wahine keu a ke akamai, kēia wahine ʻōlelo kaena i waena o ʻoukou i kōkua ikaika i ka lāhui Hawaiʻi inā ʻaʻole ʻo au, ʻo ka mea nona ka inoa ma luna? Ke pane pololei aku nei au: ʻo au ia, ʻo au ma ʻō, a ʻo au ma kēlā wahi kēia wahi o kēia mau Mokupuni.
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