The Olohana ‘Ohana
The Olohana Foundation is 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 and solve community issues.
Partners include the NOAA National Oceanographic Atmospheric Administration, UCAR/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.
The Olohana ‘ohana includes but is not limited to the following organizations and individuals:
Veterans Health Administration, Hawaii
Schools, Colleges, and Universities
Connections Charter School, Hilo Hawaii County
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
Kiksapa Consulting LLC, Mandan, ND
Board President and Treasurer; Rising Sun Solar + Electric, ZAF Energy Systems Inc.
Board Secretary and Director; Love Family Farms
Board Member; San Gregorio General Store, Stanford University
Board Member; P4P Energy, Yale University
Board Member; Regenerative Design Institute, Gaia University
Board Director, Olohana Foundation
M. Kalani Souza
Founding Director, Olohana Foundation, PRiMO, UH NDPTC, IPCCWG
Advisors and Consultants (selected list)
Dr. Failautusi Avegalio, Jr.
Director of Pacific Business Center Program, Shidler College of Business, University of Hawaii
Business owner; formerly at the National Disaster Preparedness Training Center
and Public Transit Division, Honolulu
Author and educator in agroforestry and sustainable human agroecosystems
Attorney, renewable energy expert, and secretary for Intertribal COUP
Web and film producer, Lomikai Media
Cultural sustainability and strategic planning expert and community advocate
CEO and Executive Director
Claire Pavlik Purgus
Associate Executive Director; Brandeis University