Natalie Kurashima

Natalie is a kamaʻāina of Waipiʻo, Oʻahu, currently living in Waimea, Hawaiʻi Island.  She is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Botany at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.  Her research focuses on the restoration of traditional Hawaiian agricultural systems as a strategy to produce food, protect biodiversity, and increase resilience to climate change.  She has been involved at Kahaluʻu mauka since 2011.


Kamuela is a kamaʻāina of Keōpū, Kona.  She is currently the project director of Aloha Kuamoʻo ʻĀina, working to restore the storied landscape of the battlefield of Kuamoʻo.  She has experience in ʻāina and mahiʻai-based education in Kohala Center's school garden network and the Amy Greenwell Ethnobotanical garden.

Billy Kaha'e Lee

Billy is a kamaʻāina of Kealakehe, Kona.  He is currently the Land Operations Specialist at Kamehameha Schools West Hawaiʻi.  He recently obtained his Masters Degree in Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa critically examining the potential of ʻāina-based programing at Kūāhewa in Kahaluʻu mauka.  


Jason is a kamaʻāina of Kailua, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu.  He is currently the Director of the Natural and Cultural Resources Program at Kamehameha Schools' Community Engagement Division.  He has been involved in planning for the restoration of Kahaluʻu mauka since 2009.

Mahalo e nā Hoa HanA

Many photos on this page by Yvonne Yarber Carter