Founded in the year 2000, The Kohala Center is an independent, community-based center for research, conservation, and education. We turn research and traditional knowledge into action, so that communities in Hawai‘i and around the world can thrive—ecologically, economically, culturally, and socially. Our main areas of interest are energy self-reliance, food self-reliance, and ecosystem health.

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Ho‘omaika‘i (congratulations) to Bob Lindsey Jr., a member of our Board of Directors, on his selection today as the new chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Office of Hawaiian Affairs! Mahalo Bob for everything you do for our organization, our programs, our communities, and Hawai‘i itself. ... See MoreSee Less

OHA TRUSTEES SELECT NEW CHAIRMAN AND LEADERS OF THEIR BOARD’S SUB-COMMITTEES PHOTO: Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees elected new leadership on Dec. 9, 2014. (L-R front row): New Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees Chairman Robert Lindsey, Trustee Colette Machado, Trustee Haunani Apoliona, Trustee Peter Apo, Trustee Hulu Lindsey, and Trustee Rowena Akana. (L-R back row): Ka Pouhana Kamanaʻopono Crabbe, Trustee John Waiheʻe IV, Pou Nui Kāwika Burgess, Trustee Lei Ahu Isa and newly elected Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dan Ahuna. Hawai‘i Island Trustee Robert K. Lindsey Jr. has been named the new chairman of the policy-making board for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. Lindsey succeeds Colette Machado, the trustee for Native Hawaiians on Moloka‘i and Lana‘i who has led OHA's Board of Trustees the past four years. "I welcome this new opportunity to play a more significant role in helping to push for the best results for our beneficiaries as well as to ensure that our organization is being responsive to their needs," said Lindsey, who has been a trustee since April 2007. Lindsey's appointment came during a reorganization meeting, where OHA's Board of Trustees also selected a vice chairman and leaders for its three subcommittees. Dan Ahuna, the trustee for Native Hawaiians on Kaua'i and Ni'ihau, is the board's new vice chairman, replacing Oswald Stender, who retired in November. As for the three subcommittee leaders, they have all been re-elected to four-year terms, taking their oath of office just prior to being selected to be the chairperson for their respective subcommittees. Trustee Rowena Akana has been selected to lead the Committee on Asset and Resource Management; her vice chairman will be Trustee John Waihe‘e IV. Waihe‘e will also lead the Committee on Beneficiary Advocacy and Empowerment; his vice chairman will Trustee Peter Apo. In addition, Trustee Carmen “Hulu” Lindsey will continue to lead the Committee on Land and Property; her vice chairman will be Ahuna.

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Love Science? Join Kahaluu Bay Education Center's Citizen Science brigade! Anyone with an interest in learning about water quality, sampling, data interpretation, and a healthier environment can become a Citizen Science volunteer—no previous experience or scientific knowledge is required. To sign up for our next training on December 13, please contact Rachel Silverman at or call (808) 887-6411. ... See MoreSee Less

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