The Olohana ‘Ohana

The Olohana Foundation is a collaborative working in the spirit of aloha. We are focused on building community capacity and cohesiveness around systems of food, energy, and knowledge so that in times of crises, the community can respond swiftly and effectively.

The collaborative includes a diverse network of people and partners. Olohana works to establish relationships with its partners around projects and items needing social action. Partners share their research, data, data analysis, skills, knowledge, spirit, and commitment to creating community and gather regularly to discuss community issues.

Partners include the NOAA National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration, NCAR National Center for Atmospheric Research Rising Voices, IPCCWG Indigenous Peoples’ Climate Change Working Group, the PRiMO IKE Pacific Risk Management ‘Ohana Indigenous Knowledge and Environment Hui, UH NDPTC University of Hawaii National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, the Intertribal Council On Utility Policy (COUP) and HINU Haskell Indian Nations University in the areas of climate variability and extreme weather preparedness assessment and training. With Intertribal COUP, Olohana engages with the Indian Land Tenure Foundation seeking funding for food security and renewable energy projects.

The Olohana ‘ohana includes but is not limited to the following organizations and individuals:

Community Groups

ATA Ala Kahakai Trail Association Hawaii County Community Group

Kailapa Community Association, Hawaii County

Public Sector

NOAA National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration Office for Coastal Management

Pacific Islands Services Program

NPS National Park Service, Ala Kahakai National Trail, DOI

IKE Hui: Indigenous Knowledge and Education Working Group,

IPCCWG Indigenous Peoples’ Climate Change Working Group

PACOM, Pacific Command, Pearl Harbor

PRiMO Pacific Risk Management Ohana

Veterans Health Administration, Hawaii

Schools, Colleges, and Universities

Connections Charter School, Hilo Hawaii County

Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire

FEMA/UH NDPTC University of Hawaii National Disaster Preparedness Training Center, (DHS/FEMA and member NDPC National Domestic Preparedness Consortium)

HINU Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas

KALO Kanu O Ka Aina 20th Century Learning Ohana

UCAR/NCAR University Corporation for Atmospheric Research/National Center for Atmospheric Research Rising Voices

Private Sector

Kiksapa Consulting LLC, Mandan, ND

Lomikai Media

Non-Governmental Organizations

Agroforestry Net

E Mau Nā Ala Hele, State of Hawaii Hiking and Trail Association

Hawaii Homegrown Food Network

Intertribal COUP: Intertribal Council On Utility Policy

NCAI National Congress of American Indians

PNTS Partnership for the National Trails Systems

Board Members

Jeff McKnight; Board President – Rising Sun Solar + Electric, ZAF Energy Systems Inc.
James Love; Board Secretary/ Treasurer – Love Family Farms
Carolyn Bjur; Board Director
George Cattermole; Board Member – San Gregorio General Store, Stanford University
StevenConger; Board Member – P4P Energy, Yale University
Penny Livingston-Stark; Board Member – Regenerative Design Institute, Gaia University
M. Kalani Souza; Founding Director – Olohana Foundation, PRiMO, UH NDPTC, IPCCWG

Advisors and Consultants

Craig Elevitch, author and educator in agroforestry and sustainable human agroecosystems
Bob Gough, attorney, renewable energy expert, and secretary for Intertribal COUP
Ramsay Taum, cultural sustainability and strategic planning expert and community advocate


Kalia Lydgate, Olohana Foundation; Executive Director
Claire Pavlik Purgus, Olohana Foundation, Brandeis University; Associate Director