Kapua Kawelo, Joby Rohrer and Hi‘ilei Kawelo
Kapua Kawelo, her husband Joby Rohrer and sister Hi‘ilei Kawelo have a passion for caring for Hawai‘i’s natural communities from mauka to makai. They carry on the passion and commitment to “mālama i ka ‘āina” instilled in them by their parents and ‘ohana. We will talk story with them about what it means to be a part of a family that still lives close to the land, still carries on traditional fishing practices, in addition to being leaders in today’s conservation management. Kapua is the Federal Biologist for the O’ahu Army Natural Resources Program and Joby also works for the O‘ahu Army Natural Resources Program as their Senior Natural Resources Management Coordinator. Hi’ilei Kawelo is the Executive Director of Paepae O He’eia, a not for profit organization that manages He‘eia fishpond on O‘ahu’s windward coast. The session will be moderated by Ulalia Woodside, Regional Manager for Natural and Cultural Resources at Kamehameha Schools Land Assets Division. Ulalia’s work in conservation started early. Her father took her along with him regularly as a child for the Audubon Christmas count, and in high school she spent summers with him mowing grass and building bird islands at James Campbell wildlife refuge.