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Introducing our first Cohort of Alaka’i Volunteer Leaders

Pūpūkahi Leadership -Alaka’i Program

Alaka‘i means to lead or guide and that is exactly the type of kuleana our Volunteer Alaka‘i will assume here at Loko Ea.

Volunteer Alaka‘i will receive free training and workshops, including water quality testing, environmental parameter data collections, GPS, mākāhā maintenance, tide and moon systems, native plants and fish identification, and predator eradication.

MLEF Volunteer Alaka‘i will lead service event and educational activities, participate in proper maintenance of Loko Ea, conduct surveys as needed, and become very familiar with the history and mo‘olelo of Kawailoa, Uko‘a, Loko Ea, and fishpond operations using traditional resource management.

Meet our First Cohort of Alakaʻi at Loko Ea:


Michelle was raised in Kalihi and graduated from Farrington High School. Michelle earned her Associate’s Degree and certificate in Clinical Medical Assisting as she enjoys helping others and hopes to one day become an architect.


Janelle was born in Kailua Kona and is currently a student at Hawai’i Community College, where she is majoring in Hawaiian Studies.  Janelle loves to travel, but most of all loves the water and loves learning about the Hawaiian culture.


Bruce works at LCC as a program coordinator and conducts events for students and community.  Bruce spends his spare time helping others have a safe experience while working together to mālama ‘āina and mālama honua.

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Kaila grew up in the ahupua’a of Pupukea at Kulalua Point. She graduated fromKahuku High School and attended college at UH Hilo and UH Manoa.  She currently works at Waimea Valley in the Cultural Department as an Educator.

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Kulia enjoys playing year-round volleyball as well as dancing hula. She cares very much about her precious island home and it’s natural resources. Kūlia hopes to gain more knowledge about Lokoea and other loko i’a.

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Ruby was born and raised in Hawai’i where she learned to paddle and surf. She is passionate about the environment and wants to preserve it’s natural beauty while Ruby hopes to help perpetuating and preserving native Hawaiian culture


Hannah is a graduate student at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa in the M.A. Archaeological Program. She works as a Graduate Research & Teaching Assistant with the UHM North Shore Archeological Field School at the ‘Uko’a Habitation Site in the ahupua’a of Kawailoa.


Earl lives in the ahupua’a of Maunalua, where he enjoys playing golf, boating and fishing. He is excited to expand his knowledge in Aquaculture and use his fishing skills to assist Lokoea with removing predatory fish.


Leah is a resident on the North Shore and has been volunteering for Lokoea for the last two years.  She is interested in learning about loko i’a restoration and management, so she can show others how to give back to the ‘āina.


Born & raised on O’ahu, Ian enjoys painting, hiking, surfing and swimming. As a children’s swim instructor, Ian brings 8 years of experience leading and working with children to Lokoea, where he will teach others about the functions of a traditional loko i’a.


As an Olympic Kayaking coach for the last few years, Kaleikoa understands what it takes to provide excellent leadership. Through volunteer leadership at Lokoea, Kaleikoa wants to inspire others with the hidden stories about the people of old Hawai’i.




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