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STAFF

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.

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Mahina Poepoe

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. 

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 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.    

Momi Afelin

Community Engagement Coordinator

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. 

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Julie Uʻilani Au 

Research and Translation Specialist

KIAʻI LOKO IʻA

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Makena Fernandez

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Kahekili Pa-Kala

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Iolana Corpuz

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Kamaki Ritte-Managan