cheryl ka‘uhane lupenui

Cheryl Ka‘uhane Lupenui is founder of the leader project, a source for learning to lead from indigenous places. Her current leadership practice and modeling is at The Kohala Center in her new role as President and Chief Executive Officer. You can also find ongoing leader projects at the Hawai‘i State Department of Transportation, Department of Education, and Department of Health, the Hawai‘i Presidential Center, the Center for Asian Pacific American Women, and Child and Family Service of Hawai‘i.

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 on the ‘ili ‘āina of Keawewai in the moku of Kohala and learns more about leadership, strategy, and community organizing every day from her husband, Boots, and English bulldog, Bubba.