Nohealani Hirahara is an active waʻa (6-man, 1-man, sailing) paddler, Na Wahine o Ke Kai director, electrical engineer that lives on Waimānalo Homestead, on Oʻahu. She received her Executive MBA from UH and Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cal Poly Pomona. She started the No Single Use Plastic Campaign for Na Wahine o Ke Kai in 2018 with 35% participation in its first year. Her ancestors originate from Honolua/Honokohau, Maui; Lihue, Kauaʻi; and Kumagae-gun, Japan. Her inspiration for Native Stories came from huakaʻi with community programs and use of Rick Steveʻs Europe mobile app.
Kahealani is a professional engineer with two young Hawaiian children. She is passionate about contributing to Hawaiian history, culture, manaʻo directly from native people through modern technology. Technology through mobile apps, is how the next generation is sharing and consuming information. She is responsible for managing goals and expectations to keep Native Stories on track and moving forward.
Rich Barone has been in Hawaii for 4 years and has developed a profound appreciation for Hawaiian history and culture – and he is committed to ensuring that this lineage be shared and remains vibrant.
To help realize this vision, and as a member of the Native Stories Board, Rich brings over 20 years of strategic planning, entrepreneurial, community outreach and organizing, and software development experience.
Kaulu is a young kanaka who loves her lāhui. As a product of Kula Kaiapuni (Hawaiian Language Immersion), she is particularly captivated by stories told through ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi and appreciates the opportunity to work with an organization founded in Hawaiʻi and committed to sharing stories grounded in indigenous perspectives from the native people themselves.
I am a Kanaka Maoli wahine poet / activist / scholar born and raised on music, mo‘olelo and ‘ōlelo Hawai‘i in Pālolo Valley to parents Mary and Jonathan Osorio. In 2018 I earned my PhD in English (UHM) with the completion of my dissertation: “(Re) membering ‘Upena of Intimacies: A Kanaka Maoli Mo‘olelo Beyond Queer Theory.” Before joining the Indigenous Politics program I was a Ford Dissertation Fellow and served as a faculty specialist for Native Hawaiian Student Services (UHM). I am a proud past Kaiāpuni student, and a graduate of Kamehameha, Stanford (BA), and New York University (MA).