Our History

Our History

M. Kalani Souza

Building Resilience to Climate-Change
in At-Risk Communities

Olohana, Inc. (DBA Olohana Foundation) was incorporated in Hawaii as a non-profit 501(c)(3) in 2008. It grew out of Rev. M. Kalani Souza and his team’s conviction that more needs to be done to support native and underserved communities and the vehicle through which this could happen was best served through an incorporated non-profit organization.

Olohana’s projects are executed in relationship with an extensive network with whom Kalani is closely connected and which began prior to the incorporation of Olohana.


About M. Kalani Souza

Kalani’s experiences, capabilities, and worldview are well-suited to his role as founding director of the Olohana Foundation. He is a gifted storyteller, singer, songwriter, musician, performer, poet, philosopher, priest, political satirist, and peacemaker. A Hawaiian practitioner and cross-cultural facilitator, he has experience in promoting social justice through conflict resolution. His workshops and lectures inspire, challenge and entertain the listener while calling all to be their greater self.

Kalani’s native roots allow him a unique perspective of the collision of two worlds: one steeped in traditional culture and the other a juggernaut of new morality and changing economic and political persuasion. He is a messenger of integration and collaboration in a world normally rife with exclusion, oppression, and hopelessness. His work in behavior modification research, leadership, team-building, and political strategy gives him generous insights into group dynamics and systems of governance.

Ancient Wisdom, New Harmonies

Kalani speaks at TEDx San Francisco in 2012

Learn more about Kalani at his website>