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ʻĀINA HO’OKUPU O KīLAUEA MISSION

To improve the environmental, social, and economic well-being of the Kīlauea, Kaua’i, Hawai’i community by providing an organization through which the people of Kīlauea can: 1) manage the donation of funds or real estate, 2) engage in cooperative effort and stewardship agreement with government agencies and other organizations on projects beneficial to the Kīlauea community, and 3) encourage other constructive activities aimed at protecting agricultural, cultural, historical, and natural resources of the Kīlauea area.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

ʻĀina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea is fortunate to have a Board of Directors who have devoted their lives to improving their community, with special emphasis on the preservation of agriculture and open spaces.

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Alvin ‘Bino’ Castelo

Chair

"Aina Ho’okupu o Kilauea was a dream of my kupuna to create a sustainable green future for our community. I am humbled and honored to continue the legacy to bring this gift to our Kilauea community and help bring together the aina, the people, and the food that feeds us."

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David Steinmann

Vice-Chair

"The potential to do good for our community which is expressed in AHK’s Mission Statement — ‘Aina Ho’okupu O Kilauea’s (AHK’s) goal is to facilitate solutions to economic, social and agricultural/food security challenges that the greater Kilauea community faces” - is why I am honored to be a Director. We are a community. AHK connects us all in ways which pay homage to Hawaii’s wise and rich culture and tradition, about which I learn more every day. Providing land for sustainable farming, teaching the next generation about it, and the sense of responsibility to and for our extended Ohana, is the way people should live. AHK will be a beacon, guiding our community towards that goal. It is a privilege to be a part of that effort."

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Shaylyn Kimura

Secretary

ʻO ka wā ma mua ke ala o ka wā ma hope, ‘A‘ohe hana nui ke alu ‘ia. "The past is the pathway of the future and no task is too big when done together". “ʻĀina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea connects people with the land, honors our rich agricultural past and is a vital part of Kauaiʻs sustainable future.”

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Lloyd Geggatt

“Serving on the Board of Directors is a way to give back to the Kīlauea neighborhood and Kauai in general. During the time I have been associated with AHK, I have seen it progress from struggling to simply clear a farm site to becoming an incubator for innovative programs utilizing cutting edge technology and techniques. Lessons learned here, both good and bad, will have application from the local level to nationwide. It is an honor to have input into this process.”

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Kirsten Hermstad

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Patty Ewing

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Sandi Kato-Klutke

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Greg Safko

I feel humbled to actively support the mission of ʻĀina Ho’okupu o Kīlauea, which is based on the ideals of education, restoration, partnership and development, to enable a sustainable and bright future for a growing community of individual and organizational stakeholders. Channeling my non-profit career experience and volunteering to advance AHK’s diverse stewardship role is truly rewarding.

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George Costa

Ex-Officio Member

"As the Director of Economic Development for the County of Kauai, I am responsible for the oversight of the Kilauea Community Agricultural Center (formerly Kilauea Ag Park) which is on land dedicated to the County and Kilauea Community as a condition for the development of the nearby Kilauea Seacliff Plantation. More than oversight, I have a personal commitment to work with the Kilauea and greater North Shore community to ensure the success of this wonderful gift. My personal commitment includes the fact that my mother was born in the Kilauea Plantation (Stone) Dispensary and my grandmother and kupuna are from Hanalei, and as the Director of Economic Development, rebuilding our Agriculture Industry will help to diversify our economy, provide healthy food, and be less reliant on the Visitor Industry"

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David Sproat

Kupuna

"My participation on the board is to help ensure the preservation and usage of agricultural land for bonafide agricultural purposes (growing food and crops) to help ensure food security for Kilauea and Kauai."

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Gary Smith

Kupuna

"My involvement with Kilauea Community Agricultural Center is based on my desire to be supportive of all community efforts that serve the greater good and cohesiveness needed to assure that Kilauea residents continue to maintain the sense pride in residency, exemplified by the first group of citizens that refused relocation and chose Kilauea as their home. KCAC offers immense opportunities towards community pride and empowerment!"

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Marjorie Gifford

Kupuna

"Becoming more food self-sufficient, providing land for small farmers, educating volunteers and future farmers, and developing a place for healthy growing are all goals of our organization. The spirit of our community is enhanced by these activities."

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Jack Gushiken

Kupuna

STAFF

ʻĀina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea’s staff combine their time and talents to identify opportunities, implement programs, direct projects, and nurture AHK’s vision.

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Yoshito L'Hote

Executive Director

"I have a deep connection to Kaua'i and to the Hawaiian culture which lead me to do all I can to preserve both. I personally feel very privileged to have had such a wonderful life and a great family and a beautiful place to live, so its only natural to do what I can to help my community in every way I can. This project is the realization of a job where I am able to fulfill both my desires and my vision."

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Jeremy Burns

Administrative Director
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Maluhia L'Hote

Farm Manager
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Anna Daley

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator

While I come from a business and marketing background, agriculture and community have always been a passion of mine. I am so ecstatic that I get to mesh all of my interests in one job while supporting an organization that influences change. I believe in AHK's ability to enhance our community through innovation and teamwork.

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COMMUNITY LIAISONS

‘Āina Hoʻokupu O Kīlauea is also fortunate to have additional leadership from the County and the adjacent Kīlauea Community Agricultural Center neighborhood. AHK feels that having liaisons from various segments of the population provides an important diverse perspective. If you feel you would be a strong community liaison candidate, let us know.

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