pm –2:45 pm
Lanai Community Health Center, LaiOpua 2020, Kailapa Community Association, Waimanalo
Hawaiian Homes Association, Hale Ola O Hoopakolea, & Kapolei Community
in multiple workshops, seminars, planning sessions and back yard chalk
talks. Individually, they are at varying stages of their current project
implementation. Collectively, they represent grassroots, can-do ideology.
what it takes to develop and complete a community project in Hawaii
from this panel of respected community leaders as they share their
challenges, solutions and insights. Hear
panel members discuss their experiences working through all the requirements
to move their projects forward. From addressing
organizational deficiencies prior to starting their projects to multiple
planning and design sessions, through construction processes and ultimately
to operations and management. Sense
the passion and drive from these leaders as they express the “why”
aspects of doing their project and hear their broader perspectives
of development beyond bricks and mortar.
J. Hall is
a partner in Pacific Growth Associates. Before joining PGA, “Bob”
served in executive management positions for 25 of the 33 years while
being employed with the state of Hawai‘i until he retired in 2011.
He last served as Deputy Director of the Department of Hawaiian Home
Lands, where he worked for over 15 years and is considered an expert
on its programs, policies, and fiscal management. In his capacity,
Bob guided the NAHASDA 5-Year Plan and implementation of NHHBG, had oversight
of the Homestead Services Division, which managed admissions and occupancy.
He was instrumental in creating the department’s Home Ownership Assistance
Program (HOAP) for new homebuyers. Bob maintains involvement with homestead
beneficiary groups and continues to foster community and economic development.
was promoted to CFO/ IT Director for Lanai Community Health Center
(LCHC) in August 2012, but has been with LCHC since July 2011 as
the Accounting Clerk/ Front Desk Supervisor. She earned her Associates
Degree in Accounting from Heald Business College, her Bachelor’s
Degree in Accounting from Hawaii Pacific University and will be receiving
her Master of Business Administration Degree from University of Phoenix
this upcoming June. Cindy has three daughters ages 9, 3, and 2 and
also sits on the board of the Lanai Federal Credit Union. She enjoys
reading, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.
the Executive Director of LaiOpua 2020 (L2020) with a modest staff
of two, and has raised with its partners, millions of capital to
date for the first phase of L2020 development project, which includes
equity raised through a New Markets Tax Credit Qualified Equity Investment
of $22M. From the streets of Kalihi to the shores of North Kona,
Bo has brought full circle the creation of a community infrastructure
that will provide for the social and educational needs of its residents
and surrounding areas. The vision for L2020 is built on an urgent
need for a gathering place, formed from the cultural and spiritual
values inherent in the land and people of Hawaii. Their goal is to
ensure the existence of adequate health care, social service, and
recreational facilities to complement and support the native Hawaiian
homesteaders and nearby populace residing in the greater Kealakehe
community. With 275 homes resided in at Villages of Lai Opua, there
is an additional 2,300 mixed-use units planned for the Forest City
Villages at Keahuolu, and 975 units planned for the Villages of Lai
Opua—a total of over 3,500 residential units in need of a community
infrastructure to support its residents.
is life long resident of Moku O Keawe, graduated from Hilo High and
went on to a long nursing career from 1975 – 2014 with a few other
work experiences along the way. Maka‘ala married Roger “Maha” Kanealii
from Kalihi Valley and together they raised their 5 children and
now the proud grandparents of 12 grandchildren. Maka‘ala permanently
moved to Kailapa in 2006. Moving to Kailapa dramatically changed her
life when she began serving on Kailapa Community Association. Her
goal is to carry out Kailapa’s vision to “Ehuehu I Ka Pono” (thrive
in balance) while bringing much needed services to the area.
Paul Richards is
the currently serving as the Auamo I Na Alakai (AINA) President and
has over 30 years of community, local and state work with the Hawaiian
homesteads with 17 years of working in the local financial banking industry.
A former entrepreneur and business partner of Kealoha Expression, LLC
a local espresso café owner at Queen’s Medical Center and relocated
later to Kahala – Times Supermarket and sold its business to PAQ, Inc.
became the Operations Manager for HHT, LLC (Hawaiian Homestead Technology,
LLC) designed and delivered the training curriculum for the Waimanalo
and Papakolea HHT work facilities employing local homesteaders with
technology based skills in document conversion using Auto-CAD or optical character
recognition (OCR) digitization methodologies with contracted work from
the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). Paul served as the Executive Director
for the State Council of Hawaiian Homestead Associations (SCHHA) while
under the leadership of Mr. Anthony “Uncle Tony” Sang, Sr., SCHHA Executive
Board as its Treasurer and Ahupuaa O Oahu President.
former President of the Waimanalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA)
and Na Kuhio Ike (NKI) working with Aunty Joe Ann “Ulu” Sang in the
conceptual design, planning and implementation of Ka Hooilina na Kuhio
Community Center in Waimanalo currently owned, managed and operated
by WHHA and NKI. He currently volunteers as a Scoutmaster, Waimanalo
LDS Ward, Troop 45, and this year assisted two young men in completing
and earning their Eagle Scout Award.
the METS Program Director, Paul oversees a TRiO Program funded from
the U.S. Department of Education for Nanakuli and Waianae High Schools
assisting 501 students to succeed in grade-to-grade promotion, on time
graduation from high school and admission into post-secondary institutions
of their choice either 2 or 4 year college-university, vocational or
earned an A.A. degree from Windward Community College first graduating
class and studied at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles
and earned a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix
and Masters in Business Administration from Hawaii Pacific University and
currently a PhD doctoral candidate at Walden University in Public Policy and
“Uncle Black” Ho‘ohuli is
a respected leader and mentor in the Hawaiian Homes and at-large
communities. You could think of Ho‘ohuli as an unofficial ambassador
for his hometown of Nanakuli. He’ll gladly take the curious around
to discover the histories and tales that seem to be hidden in plain
sight. If anyone should know, it would be Ho‘ohuli, who’s a fixture
at Nanakuli High School and loves everything about his West Side
town. His father owned the bus line that took people between the
Waianae Coast at Kakaako, and he says, “I pretty much know everyone
here.” When asked about his youth, he chuckles about being “naughty”
but adds that he joined the Marine Corps (USMC) for a change of
scenery and upon his return began his employment with the State
of Hawaii Department of Education. Ho‘ohuli graduated from Waipahu
humbly adds that he likes to get involved in the community, pointing
out that people recognize him and others as the elders in Nanakuli.
“You have to pay attention to the kupuna,” he says. He credits his late
wife, Leina, as the source of his humility. They were married for over 40
years and together they had three boys and three girls. Grandkids?
“I don’t know, I can’t keep count—that’s the parent’s job,” he chuckles. Ever
the gracious host, he enjoys sharing the beauty of Nanakuli with guests, even
those from beyond Hawaii.
Shirley Swinney is
an alumna of Kamehameha Schools and attended the University of Hawaii.
Shirley retired from the Hawaii
State Judiciary. Using
skills gained through her 30 year career in the legal setting, formal
leadership training, and management of a successful cottage industry,
Shirley created effective strategies for building a strong community.
is an established homestead leader from the Maluohai Homestead in Kapolei,
and has demonstrated leadership qualities that continue to be of great
value to those she serves. She is known to be a respected and dedicated
leader in both the Native Hawaiian community and the broader community
of Kapolei. She is generous with her time and talents and contributes
significantly to many organizations including the Kapolei Community
Development Corporation, Malama Learning Center, Special Olympics Hawaii,
Maluohai Residents Association, Friends of Kapolei Hale, and, since
2011, as a member of the Hawaii Community Development Authority, Kalaeloa