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Executive Committee

Permanent Chair

Chair of Board

Kenneth Kaneshiro Randall Kennedy
UH Mānoa, Center for Conservation Research & Training Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance Foundation

2018 Chair

Brutus La Benz
Office of Hawaiian Affairs

2017 Chair

Nāmaka Whitehead
Kamehameha Schools

2019 Chair

Chipper Wichman
National Tropical Botanical Garden

Steering Committee

The Steering Committee, comprised of one representative and one alternate representative from each member organization, provides overall direction for the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance and makes decisions on how to implement the Alliance’s Strategic Action Plan.


The Alliance has formed several subcommittees to develop and support implementation of programs or activities described in the Strategic Action Plan. Subcommittees include both Alliance members and partner organizations working in relevant fields.


The Nāhululeihiwakuipapa subcommittee develops and implements projects that cultivate and model conservation leadership in Hawaiʻi using trans-disciplinary strategies, generational bridging, and Hawaiian Values to support the growth of future generations of environmental stewards.

Members: The Nature Conservancy – HI, Conservational International, US Fish and Wildlife Services, Kupu, Hauʻoli Mau Loa Foundation, Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Sciences (PIPES), UH Hilo, UH Mānoa, Society for Conservation Biology – Hawaiʻi Chapter, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hawaiʻi Pacific University

Projects: Nāhululeihiwakuipapa Emerging Professionals Workshop, Nāhuleihiwakuipapa’s Pūlama Kuamoʻo Mentorship Program

Effective Conservation

The Effective Conservation Subcommittee developed a database of geospatial data to advance landscape-scale conservation and applied this data to design and pilot Community Watershed Snapshots with 3 communities.


Projects: Maps, CWS


The biosecurity subcommittee identifies opportunities for the Alliance and its members to support implmentation of the Hawaiʻi Interagency Biosecurity Plan and to identify complementary actions that can help prevent spread and introduction of invasive species.


Projects: Position Paper


The community subcommittee supports increased communittee participation and leadership in resource stewardship. This group worked with members of the effective conservation subcommittee to develop and pilot the Community Watershed Snapshot project and is currently developing a guidebook for groups interested in conducting their own snapshop project.


Projects: Community Watershed Snapshot

Cultural Integration

The cultural integrations subcommittee leads protocol for the Alliance and the Hawaiʻi Conservation Conference including writing a unique oli.


Projects: Position Paper

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