Board Of Directors
Claire K Hughes
Claire K. Hughes, DrPH, RD, served the Hawai`i’s State Department of Health for over 33 years, as a public health administrator, branch chief, nutritionist and registered dietitian. Dr. Hughes worked in communities on O`ahu and Kaua`i, providing nutrition support for chronic illnesses, Family Health Services and Nutrition Branch of the State Department of Health. Dr. Hughes was a nutrition consultant to the Moloka`i Diet Program with Drs. Kekuni Blaisdell and Emmett Noa Aluli. In 1996, Dr. Hughes began chairing the Native Hawaiian Breast Cancer Sub-Committee of volunteers for the American Cancer Society – Hawai`i Pacific Inc. The group focused on increasing breast cancer screening among Hawai`i’s Native Hawaiian women, and creating a culturally-based training for health professionals, that reached over 300 of Hawai`i’s health professionals. The ACS volunteer group became the Native Hawaiian Cancer Committee, and focused on reducing cancer rates in Native Hawaiians, encouraging participation in annual health services. Dr. Hughes writes a monthly article on Hawaiian Health and Culture for the Ka Wai Ola of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Dr. Hughes continues to serve the Native Hawaiian Community in her retirement serving on a number of Boards of Health and Community Organizations and community programs.
I am a licensed attorney in strategic business, administration and contract management consulting since 37 years. I am also a federal prime contractor since 23 years in design build construction, unexploded ordnance remediation, hazardous waste and demolition and environmental services. I served as a state district judge for 6 years. I helped draft the state laws and regulations first licensing acupuncturists and regulating tattoo artists. Since 1974, I have served on boards of various community charitable organizations in the Native Hawaiian and Chinese communities. As a family successor to kahuna hoohanau Alina Paki, kahuna laau lapaau Luka Kinolau, royal genealogist Lillian Kahoalii, and kahu Alice Namakelua, I have been teaching select classes in ancient Hawaiian healing and cultural arts since 1982. I first designed, contracted, engineered and performed the US Navy UXO Kahoolawe Island Cleanup in July 1995 continuing through 2003. I am also an uniki maoli kahuna lapaau from Papa Henry Auwae (dec. 2000) and continue his teaching in the community today. I represented KOM on the Board of Papa Ola Lokahi for 5 years and served as Papa Ola Lokahi’s president, vice president and treasurer from time to time. I have a Native Hawaiian healing center that trains healers and counsels and treats patients.
List of family cultural training and experience
1956 – 1987: Grandmother. Princess Elizabeth Alina Kapahupineakaleikoakeopuhiwa-a-Paki (Fong Hing, husband). Midwife cultural child birthing and family care.
1956 – 1972: Aunty Luka Kinolau. (Kakoo –assistant– to princess Alina) Government documented Kahuna laau lapaau since early territorial Hawaii. Hawaiian healing.
1956 – 1972: Aunty Lillian Kahoalii: (Kakoo to princess Alina.). Family royal genealogist, kahuna kahea and anaana. Keeper of genealogical records and scrolls inuring to me.
1959 – 1985: Aunty Alice Namakelua. (Kakoo to princess Alina.) Native culturalist and historian, Hawaiian language linguist, genealogist, and spiritual keeper
1954 – 1958: Sifu Lum Dai Young. Tao-gar.
1956 – 1967: Grand-uncle sifu Wong Cook Fat. Lin-siu, Hung-gar, and Chinese medicine.
1971 – 1991: Sifu Cheuk Tse. Tibetan Lama, White Crane, Hop Gar, Choy-Li-Fat, and Chinese medicine and acupuncture.
1996 – 2000: Papa Henry Auwae. Pookela kahuna laau lapaau. Hawaiian healing.
2003 – present: Co-founder, director of the Native Hawaiian Organization Charity
2005 – 2010: President, Vice-president, treasurer volunteer at Papa Ola Lokahi.
2005 – present: Director, Ke Ola Mamo.
2006 – present: Founding member, Na Lei Hulu – council of healers.
Western academic training and experience
1969 – Kamehameha High School for Boys
1973 – B.A. Political Science and History, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
1976 – Juris Doctor. J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah
1978 – Post doctorate LL.M. in Taxation and Constitutional Law. University of Denver Law School
1978 – Post doctorate Masters of Accounting. University of Denver
1989 – MBA, Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.
1982 – 1988. District Judge, First Circuit, State of Hawaii
1976 – present: Hawaii private law practice in taxation, business organizations & management, mergers & acquisitions, finance, real estate development, charitable organizations, trusts & estates, contracts, indigenous laws and treaties and international law.
Aloha mai, o’wau Analika Nahulu. I’ve been representing Waianae at the Ke Ola Mamo Board of Directors. I’m a lifelong resident and third generation to Lot 104 of the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead. My grandfather received the award along with the original settlers and pioneers of the community. Believing that the spirit of a community is vital to its wellness, my grandparents, parents and families wove Hawaiian values and foundations for two of the three, original churches to the homestead. …Read More
Aloha mai, o’wau Analika Nahulu. I’ve been representing Waianae at the Ke Ola Mamo Board of Directors. I’m a lifelong resident and third generation to Lot 104 of the Nanakuli Hawaiian Homestead. My grandfather received the award along with the original settlers and pioneers of the community. Believing that the spirit of a community is vital to its wellness, my grandparents, parents and families wove Hawaiian values and foundations for two of the three, original churches to the homestead. These are my traditions.
My early education was in the community, Nanaikapono Elementary and Intermediate School and finishing at St Andrew’s Priory. Soon after, started at Leeward Community College and finished with a B.A. in Community Development from Central Michigan University. There were two internships: Boston University, School of Medicine in Community Leadership specific to ATOD and Hawaii Pacific University in Community Non-profit Organizations Leadership. Graduate work followed at University of Hawaii-Manoa , School of Public Health with a Masters in Public Health Education.
Additionally, years were filled with formal native Hawaiian traditional knowledge and practices from many practitioners: Katherine Maunakea, Kalua Kaiahua, Richard and Lynette Paglinawan, Henry Auwae, Margaret Machado, Abigail Napeahi, and Malia Craver were among the kumu – levels of study are marked with ‘Uniki and depending on the school, certificates of completion.
Alvin Hawai’i Pauole
Alvin Pauole is from Hanalei, Kaua’i, the son of John Papoko Pauole of Hanalei and Elsie Lew Pauole of Waimea, Kaua’i. He graduated from Kamehameha Schools (KS) in 1956 and the U. S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD in 1960 with a Bachelor of Science degree. Al was recognized with many awards, including three Legions of Merit and two Meritorious Service medals during a distinguished 30-year navy career in nuclear submarines before retiring as a Captain. His naval accomplishments included being the first minority in the nation to be selected into the Navy Nuclear Power training program; becoming the first and only Native Hawaiian nuclear engineer to serve as Chief Engineer of an operational nuclear reactor plant; serving as Chief Inspector of the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board for Atlantic fleet in certifying the operational safety of all nuclear powered surface ships and submarines; and is the only Hawaiian to Command a Fast Attack nuclear submarine and a Squadron of nuclear submarines.
Upon retirement in July 1990, Al became the U. S. Department of Energy (DOE) Plant Manager at the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Denver, CO, responsible for 8,000 employees, manufacturing nuclear warheads initially, and later in transitioning to environmental cleanup. In 1994 he relocated to Seattle, WA as Vice President DOE Programs for Brown & Caldwell, a national engineering firm with headquarters in Pleasanton, CA. By this time he had already started working the non-profit arena with the establishment of the Pacific American Foundation in 1993 as a way for AL and his partners, David Cooper and Irwin Cockett (both Hawaiians and retired Generals) to give back to our people and perpetuate our Hawaiian culture.
In 1996, Al left Brown & Caldwell and became Executive Director and a project manager for the Pacific American Foundation (PAF) with a mission to help improve the lives of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders (NHOPI) by helping them to help themselves. The PAF focused on leadership and management training for emerging leaders by integrating NHOPI cultural values with western values of leadership and management. Subsequently, the emerging leadership training program was consolidated under the National Pacific American Leadership Institute (NAPALI), a division of the PAF, and expanded to incorporate youth leadership, education, and mentoring training programs, designed to excite Native Hawaiian children about education and encourage them to seek higher education as a way towards improving their lives. Other PAF efforts in the education arena focused on developing cultural-based curricula for grades 3 to 12, including training over 800 teachers statewide on how to use these curricula, based on Hawaiian fishponds, the Ahapua’a concept, and Kaho’olawe upon request of the Kaho’olawe Island Reserve Commission (KIRC) in support of establishing Kaho’olawe as a cultural center.
In 2004, Al became a director on the board of the PAF and a trustee of the non-profit Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO), Hui O Hana Pono, while expanding a for-profit company, The Hana Group, Inc.(Hana), which is owned by Hui O Hana Pono. The purpose of the NHO was to make money through ownership of as many for profit companies as necessary to support Native Hawaiian programs. By this time AL was or had been serving as board member of other non-profits including the Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) of Seattle, WA, providing mental health and other services; Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP), a national leadership training organization based in Los Angeles, CA; Ke Ola Mama; and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum. He recently served as Hana Program Manager responsible for a technical and financial support services contract to the Navy at the Pacific Missile Range Facility on Kaua’i from December, 2010 to April 2013, overseeing 45 employees and two subcontractors.
Paul P. Richards was elected the President of Auamo I Na Alaka‘i (AINA) founded by a group of active and dedicated Hawaiian homestead residents, Josiah “Uncle Black” Ho‘ohuli, Shirley Swinney and Elmer Ka‘ai with the purpose of AINA, “…supports all Hawaiian Homestead community organizations in Hawai‘i by strengthening their capacity building and discovering opportunities towards self governance through education, training and exploration.”
The eldest of six children, his mother received their lease award and moved to Waimānalo Hawaiian homestead in 1965. Educational attainment remains a strong ‘ohana value and continues in their home and work. He is the President of the Waimānalo Hawaiian Homes Association (WHHA) and Na Kuhio ‘Ike (NKI) the managing entity of Ka Ho‘oilina na Kuhio Community Center serving the homestead and greater community. Financed through donations, grants and capital improvement project (CIP) during a 10-year long-term strategic plan, the appraised value is approximately $8.5 million and sustains its operations, programs and services through its rental program.
Most recently, WHHA is the first Hawaiian homestead to have received a New Market Tax Credit (NMTC) award in construction funding for the Community Technology, Education and Employment Center (CTEEC) a community learning center for Waimānalo working closely with Pacific Growth Associates, LLC (PGA), Travois Holdings, Inc., Wells Fargo Bank, NA, O’Connor, Playdon and Guben, LLP and other national, regional and state organizations. The NMTC of $7.2 was awarded with ability to apply sources and uses in the funding the project along with other funders such as the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) – Community Economic Development (CED) grant.
Paul graduated from Kamehameha Schools, earned his Associates Science (A.S.) at Windward Community College (WCC), attended University of Southern California, and earned a B.S. in Business Management from the University of Phoenix and M.B.A. from the Hawai’i Pacific University.