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About Our Board

Josh Mori

Executive Director

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Josh Mori is originally from the mokupuni of Molokaʻi, but currently resides in Kekaha in the moku of Kona. Mori is currently the owner and head trainer of Pākahi Academy, a program built to empower individuals with physical fitness experiences built around and rooted in traditional Hawaiian systems. Beyond his Academy, Mori has an affiliated non­profit that is built to facilitate cross­cultural immersion camps between Native American tribes and the people of Hawaiʻi. Before moving home, Mori taught at Montana State University’s department of Native American Studies, and currently still works as the Montana Apprenticeship Program coordinator in the College of Engineering. Mori has built, and continues to build, a life rooted in all things Hawaiian with a passion for mentoring the next generations of indigenous youth leaders.
Education:
M.A. Native American Studies, Montana State University, Bozeman MT
B.A. Philosophy, Montana State University, Bozeman MT
A.A. Philosophy, Merced College, Merced California
Skills:
Experience in program creation and program coordination
Experience in heavy machinery, construction, maintenance, plumbing, landscaping, roofing, and framing

Christopher Kaʻiakapu

Founding Member

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Christopher Ka’iakapu was born on the island of Kauaʻi and raised in the ahupuaʻa of Hanapepe. As a full­time student athlete at CSU Chico, Chris was heavily involved in sustainability initiatives on campus. His work experience includes being Team Manager of the university’s PowerSave Campus team, an award­winning paid internship program, and a Team Leader for the Hawaii Youth Conservation Corps summer program. Upon graduation Chris completed his Scuba Instructor certification in Thailand with which he currently works in the dive industry on Kauaʻi, exposing and educating people about the islandʻs aquatic ecosystem. He remains an active proponent of renewable energy, sustainable agriculture, Hawaiian culture, and an overall progression toward a more resilient Kauaʻi.

Education:

B.S. Environmental Science: Energy & Earth Resources, California State University, Chico CA

 

Skills:

Experience with sustainability project development, organic gardening, awareness and outreach, and conservation leadership

Certified EFR & First Aid Instructor

Open Water Scuba Instructor

Clint Snyder

Founding Member

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Clint Snyder has been growing food in Kauaʻi for 14 years and continues to farm with his wife Ellie and three children. He is currently leading up the agriculture division of the non­profit KUGA that focuses on teaching the next generation about sustainable agriculture. He is also working with the non­profit Mālama Kauaʻi, leading a high school agriculture internship program that is launched during school breaks and summer. His work experience includes five years as an arborist, six years in earthworks that utilized surveying and heavy equipment for terracing, and pond creation. He has worked on several farms, growing uala, olena, ginger, and raising poultry for eggs, for both local and overseas markets. He has been certified in permaculture (permanent agriculture) design through the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia. He has also been committed to mentoring youth on the island for the past 12 years. He has experience in cross­cultural humanitarian aid, traveling to Haiti, Malawi, Hinako Islands Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, China, Ecuador, Cambodia, and Vietnam, working on projects such as water purification, sustainable agriculture, sustainable home construction utilizing local resources, orphanage care, and disaster relief.

Skills:

Experience in farming, program coordination, tree care, animal care, diet and nutrition, youth mentoring, woodworking, alternative construction methods, and sustainable living.

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