Hui o Ko'olaupoko is pleased to announce that Gary Karr has joined our team as the Development Director.
The majority of the Development Director's part-time position will be focused on implementing fundraising strategies, writing grant proposals, and development of future projects and partnerships.
Mr. Karr was born in Honolulu, raised in Ko'olaupoko, and lives in Kāne'ohe today. Mr. Karr received a BA from the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UH) in Environmental Studies. While at UH he interned at Oceanic Institute (OI) and was subsequently hired in 1980 as a Permit Specialist progressively moving into positions of increased responsibility. Mr. Karr worked at OI until 2008 culminating as Director of Communications. During his career, Mr. Karr has authored and submitted numerous successful proposals to government agencies and eleemosynary organizations resulting in large and small grants for OI and other groups. In addition to securing funding, he has managed projects including: execution, personnel, fiscal oversight, and reporting. Since leaving OI, Mr. Karr worked for the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council and for RCUH's Joint Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research assigned to NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Regional Office. In 2016, he returned to OI and currently serves as Training and Education Department Director. Mr. Karr will contunue in his role at OI while working part-time for Hui o Ko'olaupoko.
We are happy to have a new team member on board and are excited to see what adventures lie ahead for HOK.
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The mission of Hui o Ko`olaupoko is to protect ocean health by restoring the `aina: mauka to makai. This is done in partnership with stakeholders including interested citizens, non-governmental organizations, government, educational institutions and businesses while using and focusing on sound ecological principles, community input, and cultural heritage.