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Board of Directors

Meet The Team
Nohealani Hirahara
President and Founder

Nohealani Hirahara is an active waʻa (6-man, 1-man, sailing) paddler, Na Wahine o Ke Kai Communications volunteer, Papaku No Kamehamekana 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 Papaku and use of Rick Steveʻs Europe mobile app.

Ikaika Bishop
Vice President

Ikaika Bishop is passionate about cultivating the land, the ocean, and technologies that advance our use and understanding of cultural practices. As an entrepreneur, he has worked with many organizations including the DOE, KSBE, PAF, and Key Project, developing capacity in technology and agriculture. His recent work includes co-publishing a Hawaiian video game “Wao Kanaka” where students can learn about conserving our precious resources in either English or Olelo Hawaii. As a farmer he grows tropical flowers and bananas organically on his 5 acre farm in Punalu`u since 2013.

Rich Barone
Board Secretary

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.

Kauluponookaleilehua Lu`uwai
Treasurer

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.

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