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.

Kahealani Wahinekapu Winchester
Vice President

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
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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