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Ke Ola Mamo Board Of Directors

KOM is governed by a ten (10) member Board of Directors comprised of community, private and business leaders, dedicated and committed to improving the health conditions and status of Native Hawaiians on the island of O`ahu through the development and implementation of a system of culturally relevant and appropriate services that complements and enhances rather then duplicates existing health care services.

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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.…Read More

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.

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Gerald Lam

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.  …Read More

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.

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Analika Nahulu

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. …

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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.

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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. …Read More

 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.

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Michelle Tagorda

Michelle A. Tagorda was born in Hilo, Hawaiʻi and is a graduate of Keaʻau High School. She earned her bachelor of science in psychology and bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), while engaging in various student leadership activities.   As a master of public health student at UHM, Tagorda worked to help develop and support the new Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Health degree in her capacity as the Office of Public Health Studies undergraduate academic advisor.Read More
Michelle A. Tagorda was born in Hilo, Hawaiʻi and is a graduate of Keaʻau High School. She earned her bachelor of science in psychology and bachelor of arts in biology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM), while engaging in various student leadership activities.
 
As a master of public health student at UHM, Tagorda worked to help develop and support the new Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Public Health degree in her capacity as the Office of Public Health Studies undergraduate academic advisor. She dedicated herself to the service of both undergraduate and graduate students through academic advising, inspiring many students to pursue rewarding careers in public health and beyond. She served as an officer on the board for the public health student organization, Hui Ola Pono, and remains active in the Hawaiʻi Public Health Association.
 
Her research involved collaboration with the Center for Rural Health Studies at UH Hilo, and focused on measuring and understanding cultural characteristics related to health. She worked with the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Education, Mānoa Peer Advisor program as the program assistant and volunteered with the Hawaiʻi Primary Care Association and Hawaiʻi Department of Health to develop an educational toolkit for the film Ola which focused on bringing to light issues surrounding the social determinants of health. Tagorda was also part of the Health Behavior Change Research Workgroup’s Waipahu Health Action Research Training project, where she supported high school seniors in facilitating classroom activities on physical activity and healthy nutrition as preventative measures for obesity.
 
Upon graduating with her masters of public health in social and behavioral health sciences, Tagorda was inducted into the Delta Omega Honorary Public Health Society, Gamma Chapter. Tagorda currently works as a program coordinator with the Health Careers Opportunity Program in the Student Equity, Excellence and Diversity office at UH Mānoa, mentoring the next generation of health care professionals. 
 
In her spare time, Tagorda enjoys playing basketball, running, reading and journal writing.