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.

MAHINA POEPOE, MOLOKA‘I PROGRAM COORDIATOR

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. 

LA‘A POEPOE, ‘ĀINA PROGRAM COORDIATOR

Moloka‘i kua‘āina La‘a Poepoe is a strong aloha ‘āina (Hawaiian patriot) and leads ‘Āina Momona's ‘Āina (land and natural resources) program. He leads the organization's effort to restore land and ocean resources to allow for them to be sustainable and momona (abundant).  

LOHIAO PAOA, WAI PROGRAM MANAGER

Lohiao Paoa leads ‘Āina Momona's Wai (water and sustainability) program. He is a captain with the Polynesian Voyaging Society and leader in restoring fresh water streams on Moloka‘i and restoring health to the island's watersheds. He lives on Moloka‘i with his ‘ohana. 

JOSH PASTRANA, ‘AI PROGRAM MANAGER

Josh Pastrana is an expert in Hawaiian food systems. He has long worked to reopen and mālama lo‘i across Moloka‘i. He leads ‘Āina Momona's ‘Ai (food and health) program, through which he directs the organization's food sovereignty and health activities. He is also directing the organization's efforts to reopen lo‘i in Hālawa Valley.  

KAHO‘OKAHI KANUHA, EA PROGRAM MANAGER

Kaho‘okahi Kanuha leads the organization's Ea (social justice and sovereignty) program. He works with grassroots communities throughout Hawai‘i to raise awareness and capacity around rights, justice, and sovereignty, which are essential to the well-being and future of the Hawaiian people and the Hawaiian Islands. He is based on Hawai‘i Island.