Garden Director, Kahanu Garden of the National Tropical Botanical Garden. Kamaui manages this Hawaiian ethnobotanical garden and Piilanihale Heiau, a 500 year old Hawaiian temple on the garden property. He has a bachelor’s degree in Hawaiian Studies and Natural Sciences and an M.S. in Botany. His primary goal is to maintain a harmonious balance between the garden operations and the appropriate management of the heiau.
Agricultural Systems Modeler & Educator, Maui Land & Pineapple Co.. Raised in Canada, Tova has a B.S. in Environmental Biology from McGill University and a master’s of Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara. She is thrilled to be coordinating sustainable agriculture research, fostering youth’s interest in farming and facilitating sustainability initiatives at ML&P.
Manager, Factory Operation for Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.. HC&S’s principal businesses are the growing and milling of sale of electricity. Robert earned a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Oregon State University. He currently serves as the commodore for the Ma‘alaea Boat and Fishing Club, director for the Ma‘alaea Ebesu Kotohira Jinsha Church and a member of Protect Kaho‘olawe Ohana.
Stephen H. Onaga
Manager, Purchasing & Inventory for Hawaiian Commercial & Sugar Co.. HC&S’s principal businesses are the growing and milling of sugarcane (for raw sugar, molasses, and Maui Brand specialty sugar) and the generation and sale of electricity. Steve earned a B.A. in Finance from the University of Hawaii. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Alexander & Baldwin Sugar Museum and was past President.
Assistant Agronomist, Hawaii Agriculture Research Center. Mike earned a B.S. in Agriculture from Austin Peay State University and an M.S. in Soil Science from Penn State. He is responsible for making agronomic recommendations and conducting field experiments for Hawaii’s two sugar plantations. Mike’s research interests include drought- tolerant crops and oilseed crops. He is a member of the Agronomy Society of America and the Soil Science Society of America.
Lani (Medina) Weigert
Co-owner and Marketing, PR Director for Ali‘i Kula Lavender. After working in the travel industry for 28 years, Lani helped create Ali‘i Kula Lavender, as Maui’s Premier Lavender Farm. Lani oversees all marketing and public relations. She is a member of the Maui Farm Bureau, founding member of the State Ag Department’s Seal of Quality program, and Co-chair for Maui Economic Development Board Membership committee.
Director, Limahuli Garden and Preserve. Kawika runs a one thousand acre botanical garden and nature preserve that is managed by the non-profit organization, National Tropical Botanical Garden. Limahuli’s goal is to restore the ecological and cultural integrity of the ahupua‘a of Ha‘ena. Some of the major projects at Limahuli include native forest restoration, lo`i restoration, and traditional fishery management.
George “Keoki” Wood
Livestock Operations Manager, Parker Ranch. George is married to Lisa a D.V.M in Kamuela, with two children, John (19) a freshman at C.S.U. and Justina (16) at Hawaii Prep. He graduated with a B.S. in Agricultural Economics from Washington State University. Memberships include the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, Hawaii Cattlemen’s Association, Hawaii Cattle Producers Cooperative, Hawaii County 4H Club and Saint Joseph’s Catholic Mission Church.