Chair Healani Sonoda-Pale, MEd (Early Education)
Kanaka Maoli educator who has taught Hawaiian immersion preschools, Hawai’i High Schools, Colleges and Correctional Facilities for over twenty years. She is a volunteer board member of ‘Īlau Hoe and Hui Lanakila Canoe Clubs and is the co-founder of ‘Aha Aloha ‘Āina and Protest Na’i Aupuni. Currently, she works at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and resides in Kuliouou, O’ahu with her husband and two sons.
Vice-Chair Ka’iulani Lambert, BA (Hawaiian Studies)
Kanaka Maoli expert on issues related to land title including kuleana lands who comes from a family who have a long history with Ka Lāhui Hawai’i. She volunteers her time with the Kura Kaupapa Maori Cultural Exchange as a facilitator and is also a cultural practitioner as a member of the Waimānalo Canoe Club and the Kuhai Hālau o Kawaikapu Pā ‘Ōlapa Kahiko. She resided in Kahalu’u, O’ahu with her ‘ohana.
Secretary Kiana Marshall, BA (Journalism)
Ka Lāhui Hawai’i long time honorary citizen who has dedicated over 20 years advocating for the protection of sacred sites in Halawa Valley on the island of O’ahu. A long time sovereignty activist, Kiana has been in part of many struggles in Hawai’i to protect our environment, advocate for justice for Kanaka Maoli and protect sacred places and sites. Currently, she is the co-founder of Feed the Street, providing free meals for Hawai’i’s houseless every week.
Treasurer Rebekah Luke, BA (Journalism)
A Kanaka Maoli artist who resides in Ka’a’awa with her husband. She is a Reiki master teacher and sings in the Kawaiolaonapukanileo ensemble. Rebekah is also a member of the Association of Hawai’i Artists, Windward Artists Guild, and Ko’olauloa Hawaiian Civic Club. She owns and is the designer of Chong Hee Books, manages a blog (Rebekah’s Studio), and was the Executive Director for Hale Kū’ai, a Kanaka Maoli Cooperative for many years.
Kapu Lambert, Kupuna Advisor
Aunty Kapu Lambert is a long time Ka Lāhui Hawai’i citizen who volunteers her awesome cooking skills with the Kura Kaupapa Maori Cultural Exchange and our committee. She is a member of the Waimānalo Canoe Club and the Kuliouou Rosary Club and currently resides in Kahalu’u, O’ahu with her ‘ohana.
Lehua Kinilau, JD
A Kanaka Maoli expert in the Hawai’i State Legislative process. Lehua the last elected Kia’aina of Ka Lāhui Hawai’i.
Nani & John Omerod
Kanaka Maoli Papakōlea Homesteaders on the island of O’ahu. Both enjoy spending time with their family.
Carrie-Ann Shirota, JD
Formerly an enforcement officer with the U.S. Civil Rights Commission and the director of the Maui’s BEST (Being Empowered and Safe Together) prisoner training and reintegration program, she is currently a prison reform advocate with Hawai’i Justice Coalition.
Kanaka Maoli Nānākuli Homesteader who is an advocate on behalf of the interests of beneficiaries and a watchdog at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs. She is a caregiver for her parents and volunteers her time feeding the houseless in her community.
Leianuenue Niheu, BA (Hawaiian Studies)
Leianuenue is a long time Kanaka Maoli sovereignty activist and a cultural practitioner of Hawaiian no’eau and spiritualism. She currently resides in Nu’uanu, O’ahu with her daughter.
A Kanaka Maoli protector of Mauna Kea for nearly 30 years. She has been instrumental over the decades in preventing further desecration of our most sacred Mauna. She currently resides in Puna on Hawai’i island.
Kahunawai Wright, PhD (Education)
Dr. Wright is a long time Kanaka Maoli citizen of Ka Lāhui Hawai’i and a former volunteer board member of Hawai’i Peoples Fund. She currently works at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa and resides in Kalihi, O’ahu.
Kapali Keahi, BA (Hawaiian Studies)
A Kanaka Maoli activist, songwriter and musician who currently resides in Lahaina on the island of Maui. He is active with Mana Maoli, a former band member of Lahaina Grown and has fought for the protection and preservation of Honokōhau valley.
Emma Ulali’a Oto-Pale, MSW
A Kanaka Maoli native of Molokai, Emma Oto-Pale lives and works in San Diego where she advocates for the poor and houseless populations.