In the January, 2016, meeting of the Mālama Hulē‘ia Board of Directors, new members of the Board were voted in, and new Board Officers were elected. We are fortunate to have as new Directors Dr. Lee Evslin and Kumu Sabra Kauka, who are both well respected leaders in the Kauai community.
Dr. Lee (Bill) Evslin, former CEO of Kauai Medical Clinic and Wilcox Hospital, retired last year from his integretive medical practice. He remains active in environmental health issues on Kauai, and has recently completed work on the joint County/State panel examining the environmental impacts of the argicultural use of pesiticides on Kauai. Bill Evslin also paddles canoe.
Kumu Sabra Kauka is dedicated to perpetuating the Hawaiian culture in all of its aspects. She teaches Hawaiian Studies and hula (Halau Na Pua o Kamaile) at Island School. She coordinates the Hawaiian Studies Cultural Personnel Resources on Kaua`i for the DOE. She teaches many traditional arts including making Kapa, feather lei and weaving lauhala. Kumu Sabra is also involved in mālama ʻāina; as founding member and president of Na Pali Coast `Ohana, she works to restore and conserve Nu`alolo Kai State Park along the Napali coast.
Mahalo to Alberto Genovia and Pomai Kane for their past services on the Mālama Hulē‘ia Board of Directors. Pomai played an important role in supporting the start of Mālama Hulē‘ia within the Kaiola Canoe Club, of which she is president. She also served as MH Treasurer during the last 2 years.
The slate of MH Officers elected in January for 2016 are: President – Pepe Trask; Vice President – Steve Yee; Secretary – Mark Hubbard; Treasurer – Luke Evslin. Our new president makes the following statement:
I am thankful for the opportunity to have a meaningful impact upon this special and unique Kuleana and Community. And I am excited about furthering the goals of MH, the removal of Mangrove from Hule’ia, regenerating the pride of ownership of the community, rejuvenating Hawaiian cultural values, flora and fauna, and educating and passing on to our children the importance and value of pride and ownership of community, hard work, vision of seeing beyond the trees, and Hawaiian values. MH has a great BOD, and I am ready to start our engines and begin the cutting… Hoe Wa’a Imua !!!
And so we are off to what should be a great new year.