community entrepreneurs

In partnership with Consuelo Foundation, the Island Community Entrepreneur Cohort brings together select social entrepreneurs in Hawai‘i who are working tirelessly to address big social problems in our communities. Over the course of a year and a half, these social entrepreneurs are creating lasting connections, learning about new technologies and sharing innovative practices, and connecting their work to make a bigger impact across Hawai‘i.

2016 community entrepreneur cohort

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Sean Pauahi Chun

Ho‘ola Lāhui Hawai‘i

Ke Ho‘ola o Lima Lani

Wailua, Kaua‘i

Sean harnesses the power of relationships to create social change in his community of Kauai through cultural practices and positive actions.

 
 

Lea Hennessy

Kainoa Kanno

Kīpuka Lāna‘i Farms

Laulima Kuha‘o

Lāna‘i City or Kamoku, Lānai

 

(independence in a place where power and ownership is concentrated…creating a new path for keiki of Lanai)

 

Kaipo Kukahiko

KEY Project

Waihe‘e, Oahu

 

(family kuleana, from that place, helping to create a community center to heal the community of Kahaluu and a safe place for kids and families)

 

 

Ahukini Kupihea

Kēhaulani Kupihea

Mokauea Island, Oahu

Ho‘olā Mokauea

Mokauea Fishermen’s Association

 

(both their genealogies are tied to Mokauea, an island with many moolelo of cultural significance and trauma. Connecting our youth to the land so there is another way of teaching and learning)

 

Anthony Deluze

Ka‘ōnohi Loi

Ho‘ōla Hou lā Kalauao

Kalaua‘o, Oahu

 

(called to a place to restore an ahupuaa in the middle of an urban area)

 

Poha Sonoda-Burgess

Hale Na‘au Pono

Wai‘anae, O‘ahu

 

(Family kuleana to carve out a place for people to heal themselves in Waianae)

 

Haley Kailiehu

No‘eau Peralto

Hui Mālama i ke Ala ‘Ūlili (huiMAU)

Pa‘auilo, Hawai‘i

 

(Genealogies are from that place; to restore the land and connect people to the moolelo of that place so that people develop a deep love and care for their place)

 

Photography by Ka‘ohua Lucas