Welcome our new Executive Director
Donna (Donnie) Ann Kameha’ikū Camvel comes from the ʻili of ʻIolekaʻa in the Heʻe'ia Ahupuaʻa. She is a lineal descendant of the Līhuʻe, Kahanu, Pāoa, Kea, Lono ʻOhana, who have held original title to their kuleana lands since 1839 in Heʻeʻia. She recently completed her dissertation research on the restoration efforts now taking place in the Heʻeʻia fishpond, Heʻeʻia Uli (the Heʻeʻia wetland), and the family kuleana at ʻIolekaʻa, and received her doctoral degree in May of 2020 for her work.
Donna was one of the original founders of the Ahupuaʻa Restoration Council of Heʻeʻia (ARCH), a grassroots community organization formed to build capacity in the Heʻeʻia community in the restoration of the Heʻeʻia ahupuaʻa in 1998. She has spent the last twenty-five years working in the Heʻeʻia community, managing the familyʻs two and a half acre kuleana, teaching Hawaiian Studies at the University of Hawaʻi at Manoa and currently at Windward Community College. She is looking forward to effecting present and future collaborative efforts and partnerships in the continuing mission of restoring ʻāina and its waters from mauka to makai in the Koʻolaupoko moku.
We are so excited to have her onboard and helping to shape the future of our organization. Donnie can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.