cheryl ka‘uhane lupenui

Cheryl Ka‘uhane Lupenui is founder of the leader project, a source for learning to lead from indigenous places. Her custom leadership programs support projects at the Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation, the Hawai‘i Presidential Center, Hawai‘i State Department of Education, the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, Queen Lili‘uokalani Children’s Center, and Ho‘oulu ‘Āina.

While a member of the Hawai‘i State Board of Education, Cheryl worked with communities on key policy-making, including the recent establishment of system-wide learning outcomes called Nā Hopena A‘o or HĀ (breath) and the establishment of a Hawaiian education pathway.

As C.E.O. for the YWCA of O‘ahu, Cheryl launched several leadership initiatives for women and youth and was honored as one of “25 People Who Will Shape the Next 25 Years” by Hawai‘i Business Magazine.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in International Business from the University of Hawai‘i and a Master in Business Administration from Tulane University.

Cheryl lives in the ahupua‘a of He‘eia and learns and practices leadership, strategy, and community organizing daily with her husband, Boots, and bulldog, Bubba.