H.A.P.A. is thrilled to welcome two board members to represent Hawaiʻi Island: Leslie Malulani Shizue Miki from Hilo and Kekaulike Prosper Tomich from Kona.
Leslie Malulani Shizue Miki is the owner of Abundant Life Natural Foods in Hilo. She was born and raised on Oʻahu, but has lived on Hawaiʻi Island for the last 30 years. Malu is a passionate advocate for healthy agriculture and protecting our natural environment.
Kekaulike Prosper Tomich is from the ahupuaʻa of Kaupulehu, Kona, Hawaiʻi. He is a 2012 graduate of UH Hilo with a B.A. in Geography. Kekaulike works in his home ahupuaʻa at the Kaupulehu Dryforest Preserve. He also helps on the family homestead Kukuiohiwai. Kekaulike is a member of the Kaupulehu Marine Life Advisory Committee which is dedicated to conserving the near shore resources of Kaupulehu. Ina malama ka honua malama ka honua ia oe. (If one cares for the earth the earth will care for you)
H.A.P.A. now has Board Members from every County in Hawaiʻi, and we look forward to growing our island chapters!
H.A.P.A.'s mission is to catalyze community empowerment and systemic change towards valuing ʻaina (environment) and people ahead of corporate profit.
The focus of HAPA's work over the next one to three years is on the following campaigns:
*Healthy Agriculture and Clean Food
*Community Based Resource Stewardship