Hawaiʻi Maoli Board of Directors
Dr. VerlieAnn Malina-Wright: Prince Kūhiō HCC. Strategic Visionary Kupuna with 50 years education experience from Pre-school to PhD. Retired, Kamehameha Schools, Continuing Education Programs; Kula Kaiapuni ʻo Ānuenue, Hope Poʻokumu; and UH Mānoa, adjunct faculty. Leadership: World Indigenous Nations-Higher Ed Consortium, CoChair; National Indian Education Association, Past President; and Pacific American Foundation Hawaiʻi, Board Chair.
Kuni Agard: Prince Kūhiō HCC. Kuni has extensive experience in technology, sales and marketing and is a partner in iXcell, a consulting firm specializing in business process, online presence and IT integration for companies of all sizes. A 1995 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools, he holds a degree in Communication from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Kuni enjoys Hawaiian language and culture, writing, photography and singing with the Kamehameha Alumni Glee Club.
Elena Farden: Kuini Kapiʻolani HCC . A graduate of Kamehameha Schools and servant of Ke Aliʻi Pauahi’s mission, Elena embeds culture into her everyday work. She provides project management support and logistics for our Strategy & Innovation as well as our KS’ Community Education Divisions. Her undergraduate is in Telecommunications from Pepperdine University, and she is currently pursuing a Non-profit MBA at Chaminade University with a Certificate in Global Leadership and Sustainability Management at HPU. She serves as a member of the Royal Societies and Friends of the Royal Hawaiian Band.
Tadia Rice: Ka Lei Maile Aliʻi HCC. Tadia is a management consultant and organizational dynamics expert. With a lifetime of experience as an agent of change, Tadia’s breadth of knowledge crosses almost every industry. Her career began at Xerox Corporation where she quickly rose through the ranks. For over a decade, Tadia was a change agent in the new South Africa where she specialized in emerging democracy issues and bi-lateral trade agreements with the United States. Tadia is the President of the Speakers Association of Hawaii; and serves on the boards of the non-profits across the world. Tadia has appeared on stage, in films, television and radio. She also dances with Hālau Haʻa Hula O Kekauilani Nā Pua Hala O Kailua.
L. Kaipoleimanu Ka‛awaloa: Prince Kūhiō HCC. “Kaipo” grew up on Hawaiian Homestead in Nānākuli, O‛ahu, and continually strives to improve the betterment of her lāhui (people) and kaiāulu (community). As a product of Pūnana Leo ‛o Honolulu, Ke Kula Kaiapuni ‛o Ānuenue, and Kamehameha Schools – Kapālama, she believes in education’s power to create opportunity and positive change; as such, she obtained her JD and Certificate in Native Hawaiian Law from the University of Hawai‛i at Mānoa’s William S. Richardson School of Law and her MBA and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Hawai‛i Pacific University.
As an Internal Auditor for The Queen’s Health Systems, a member of the Aloha United Way Financial Review Committee, and a board member of Ho‛okāko‛o Corporation (the governing school board of 3 charter schools: Kamaile Academy, Kualapu‛u Preschool and Elementary, and Waimea Middle School), Kaipo brings her knowledge, experience, and drive to further Hawai‛i Maoli’s mission.
Darlene Kehaulani Butts: Ke Aliʻi Makaʻāinana HCC. Kehaulani has held numerous positions on the Board of the Hawaiʻi State Society of Washington, D.C. She has successfully coordinated the Kamehameha Lei Draping Ceremony for more than ten years. Kehaulani is Owner/Chef of Makakoa Enterprises, a Hawaiian food catering company in Stafford, VA. She is a graduate of Leilehua High School. She has worked as a teacher, career coach, family counselor, and business process re-engineering consultant.
Kapono Ciotti: Prince Kūhiō HCC. Kapono is CEO and Head of School for Waialae School. With the Pacific American foundation, he has written for the Malama Kaho’olawe, Aloha ‘Aina and Kai E’e curriculums and facilitated numerous trainings for the DOE and Independent Schools in Hawaii, nationally, and abroad. Kapono Ciotti is a doctoral candidate in Education, holds a Masters in Social Change from the University of Newcastle, Australia and his Bachelors in Language and Cultural Studies from The Evergreen State College, Washington.
Marlene Livesay: Hui Hawaiʻi O Tenesi HCC. Marlene Uʻilani Livesay serves as Pelekikena for Hui Hawaiʻi O Tenesi Hawaiian Civic Club, Kālaimoku for Nā Lei Makalapua-Mainland Council of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs and Board Member of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. She continues to serve as Chairperson for the international area for two of the largest festivals in Clarksville, Tennessee. She has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Management Organizational Development and works endless hours supporting her community.
Trisha Kehaulani Watson-Sproat JD, PhD: Honolulu HCH. Kehau was born and raised in Mānoa, Hawai’i. In 2003 the earned her JD and environmental law certificate from the William S. Richardson School of Law at the UH Mānoa where she focused on non-profit organizations, civil rights and environmental law. 5 years later Dr. Watson she completed her PhD in American Studies. Her dissertation, Ho’i Hou ia Papahanaumoku: A History of the Ecocolonization of the Pu’uhonua of Wai’anae, focused Native Hawaiian natural resource management. She is active with ‘Ahahui Ka’ahumanu and the Daughters of Hawai’i. She owns Honua Consulting specializing in non-profit organizations, environmental and cultural assessments, facilitation, strategic planning, community consultation and mediation.
Soulee Stroud: Hui Hawaiʻi O Utah HCC. Soulee is the Immediate Past President of the Association of Hawaiian Civic Clubs. Soulee has been a community organizer for over 20 years, working in the areas of education and minority issues, especially in his home state of Utah working with Coalition of Minority Advisory Committee Utah Board of Education. He and his wife Bonnie founded Stroud Jewelers in 1991, and their son now manages the store in Salt Lake City, Utah.