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Gino Amar (Treasurer)

Administrator, Kohala Hospital

Born and raised in North Kohala, Gino graduated from Kohala High School as Student Body President in 1985, received his BS in Business Administration (Cum Laude) from Hawaii Pacific College four years later, and returned home to become Kohala Hospital's Assistant Administrator, Support Services. In December 2009, he received his Master's in Healthcare Administration from the University of Phoenix. He now serves as Administrator of Kohala Hospital. Active in the community, Gino has contributed to service projects including helping extend the concession area and re-leveling the infield of the baseball diamond at Kamehameha Park, coaching youth basketball and varsity sports and is an active member in community organizations such as the Kohala Reunion 2005 and 2010. He is also a well-known and recorded musician.

Elizabeth Bautista

Educational Assistant, Kohala Middle School

Born and raised in North Kohala, Liz graduated from Kohala High School and attended Lane Community College. She works at Kohala Middle School as an Educational Assistant. She is an active member of Sacred Heart Parish and Kohala Kumiai Club. Liz was formerly the president of KCAA. She enjoys the outdoors and helping the community. She joined our Board in August 2017.

Chris Brown (President)

Retired Kohala Teacher

Originally from Connecticut, Chris earned his bachelor's degree in mathematics from Boston College. He is a long-time Kohala resident who taught mathematics at Kohala High School for 38 years. He, his wife Billie, and now his daughter Jessica, have educated Kohala's high school youth for more than 40 years. Chris and Billie have three adult children. Chris is also an active member of the Kohala Lions Club.

Marvelanne Clark

Youth Director - Kohala High School

A junior at Kohala High School, Marvelanne joined our Board in October 2016. She serves as the President for the Student Credit Union and is a member of the Leo Club. She is a longtime swimmer and has taught in summer "learn to swim" programs and works as a caregiver for an elderly neighbor.

Malcolm Davis

Youth Director - Hawaii Preparatory Academy

A sophomore at Hawaii Preparatory Academy, Malcolm is the student representative of his class at HPA. Malcolm has lived in Kohala for 5 years. His hobbies include surfing and spearfishing. Malcolm runs cross country and swims for HPA, and he also enjoys training for triathlons and has completed the Lavaman Waikoloa twice. He enjoys volunteering at sporting events and has been a water safety guide at the Honu Half Ironman for two consecutive years. In college he plans to get a business degree.

Chris Helmuth

Business Owner

Chris first visited North Kohala in 1991. He and his wife, Lise, decided that Kohala was where they wanted to raise their two young daughters, and moved here in 2004. Chris currently works in Kohala as a mortgage broker after successfully selling his manufacturing business in Los Angeles. He holds a business degree from Pepperdine University and a Master's Degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Chris is also a past Vice President of the West Hawaii Mediation Center and is a member of the Kohala Merchants Association. He graduated form the one-year Nonprofit Manager Certification Program at Kapiolani Community College in 2007.

Vicky Kometani (Vice President)

Public Relations

Vicky has 30-plus years' experience in the Hawaii hospitality industry in marketing, IT, and public relations, and now serves as the Director of Public Relations at Mauna Kea Resort. She is deeply committed to the Kohala community and has previously served on the Board of Directors for PATCH, Kohala School Community Council, and Board of Education Committee on Weights. She is the past Secretary/Treasurer for Liquid Aloha Aquatics and past North Kohala Vice President for the Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce. She is a member of St. Augustine's Church.

Bob Martin

Small Business Consultant

A retired executive from AT&T, Bob offers small business consulting in North Kohala and is a partner in a local coffee shop. Bob's community service includes six years on the Kohala High and Intermediate School's School-Community Based Management Council, President and Treasurer of the North Kohala Merchant's Association for three years each, Chair of the Kohala Country Fair for three years and member for six years, Advisory Council of the Kohala Intergenerational Center and Director of the West Hawaii Mediation Center. He writes grant proposals for nonprofits, has completed the Foundation Center's Grant seeking on the Web and Proposal Writing courses in New York, and the one-week Grantsmanship Training Program with the Grantsmanship Center. Bob holds a Certificate of Professional Development in Nonprofit Management from Kapiolani Community College. Kohala Citizen of the Year, 2005. A twenty-one year resident of Kohala, he lives in Hawi with his wife Karen.

Amy Meyer-Sullivan (Secretary)

Small Business Owner

Amy moved to North Kohala from the San Francisco Bay Area in 1988. Her two children were born and raised in Kohala, and together she and her husband have run their small business here. Throughout the years, Amy has been involved in various projects and organizations that have benefited the North Kohala schools and community.

Wendy Nickl

Educator

Wendy is a Hilo native who has been a resident of Halaula since 1991. She has been a public school teacher for 29 years and currently teaches at Kohala Middle School. In her free time, Wendy is a "taiko mommy," a Staff Developer for AVID- a global non-profit educational organization, and a board member of Kohala Hongwanji Mission. Wendy has served as co-chairperson for Kohala Project Grad and volunteers with other community projects.

Kim Takata

Small Business Owner

Kim Takata has a Bachelor's degree from VA Tech in Horticulture and has been involved in agriculture in Hawaii for 27 years. Her experience includes working in a botanical garden, managing Watanabe Floral (a wholesale cut rose nursery in Waimea), and managing her own nursery in Kohala for the past 11 years. She is an active member of the Kohala Coqui Coalition, the Kohala Community Athletic Association (KCAA), the Kohala Ditch Foundation, and a member of the Hawaii Farm Bureau.

Honorary Directors

 

Alida Adamek

Certified Public Accountant

Alida has resided in North Kohala since 2006. She has been the Treasurer of the Kohala Country Fair since 2009 and was co-founder of the Kohala Fitness Station for Women. She was a Certified Public Accountant for 30 years and worked as a sole practitioner, CFO of a national loss prevention company and a partner in a multinational public accounting firm. Alida has been married to her husband Pat, a personal trainer, for 42 years.

Lani Bowman

Consultant/Educator

A native of North Kohala and Kamehameha Schools graduate with a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Puget Sound, Lani has served on the County Water Commission, North Hawaii Hospice, Hawaii State Advisory Commission on Drug Abuse and Controlled Substances, Hawaii State Foster Parents Association, and as a delegate to the Native Hawaiian Convention. Lani also helped initiate the Kohala Country Fair, and T.E.A.M. Kohala. Program Manager for Kohala's Project Venture.

Joe Carvalho

Retired Bank Officer

Joe was born and raised in North Kohala. He is an active supporter of youth sports programs. After thirty years in Information Technology for the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, Joe has retired with his wife Marcia, a high school classmate, in North Kohala. He is a volunteer member of the Kohala Country Fair committee and a former member of the North Kohala Community Development Action Committee. Joe enjoys shoreline fishing.

David Gomes

Luthier, Musician

David was born and raised in North Kohala. He is well-known worldwide for his musicianship and his handmade quality musical instruments. Music Director at St. Augustine Episcopal Church, and Director of the church's Youth Ukulele Choir. Father of two, he is a Director for the Kohala Hospital Charitable Foundation and an avid hiker.

Dennis S. Matsuda

Former District Supervisor, North & South Kohala District, County of Hawaii, Parks & Recreation

A North Kohala native, Dennis has worked for the Country of Hawaii for the past 25 years, and is currently the District Supervisor for our area of the Big Island. Over the years he has been involved in many community-based groups: the King Kamehameha Day Celebration Committee, Chair of the Kohala Millennium Reunion, T.E.A.M. Kohala, a drug intervention program, a Board Member of the Kohala Intergenerational Center, Taste of Kohala Steering Committee, the Kohala Golf Club, the Kohala Okinawa Kenjin Kai Club, Pop Warner football and Little League baseball.

Kathleen Matsuda

Small Business Owner

Kathleen Matsuda was born and raised in Kohala. She graduated from Kohala High School with the class of 1980 and went on to study Hotel Management/Reception at Cannon's Business College. She has been involved in the local Boy Scouts of America for almost 20 years and currently holds the position of Activity Chairman for the Hamakua/Kohala district. Kathy was the previous owner of her family's Union Market business that was started by her grandfather. She is now the president of Kohala Okinawa Ken Jin Kai and has been Day Camp Director for 4 years. Kathy has also leads the Kohala chapter of Ryukyukoku Matsuri Daiko Hawaii. She is married with two children.

Faye Mitchell

Preschool Director, Personal Historian

Raised in North Kohala, Faye attended Kohala Elementary and High School before graduating from Parker High School with the Trustees' Award for community service. She went on to college in California and obtained a Masters Degree in Psychology. In 2003 Faye returned to her home town to raise two children and begin her career developing and directing community service projects. She founded Living Journals, a oral history project which has collected life histories of 16 North Kohala seniors and published 4 books - most recently "A Storyteller's Story: Kindy Sproat of North Kohala" and "Ranching Under the Rainbow - Monty Richards of Kahua Ranch." Faye has also developed and directed a local Montessori preschool.

Nani Svendsen

Self Employed

Born and raised in North Kohala, Nani has been one of the community's most active contributors since 1980. She received the "Citizen of the Year" award in 1999 from the North Kohala Merchants Association for outstanding contributions to the community. Organized the Makapala and Niulii villages to address water and general plan issues during 1980- 1982. Conducted community workshops on mountain food gathering and floral arranging-wreath making in 1984-1985, organized the first Kohala Christmas Crafts Fair in 1994 to benefit the Summer Fun Program for local children, Co-Chair Taste of Kohala 1995-1996, Kamehameha Week Celebration committee member last six years, and member of T.E.A.M. Kohala last two years. Project Organizer for Kukui Garden.

Frances Woollard

North Hawaii Hospice

A resident of North Kohala since 1974, Fran has served an a Registered Nurse at the North Kohala Hospital, Family Nurse Practitioner for the Kohala Family Health Center 1982-1991, and Kohala Home Heath Care 1991-1997, and has been employed by North Hawaii Hospice since 1986. She has contributed to the CARE program, the North Kohala Intergenerational Center, was a Director of North Hawaii Hospice, Kohala Healing Arts, and co-facilitates the Hawaii Nature Fast and O'Ka Mana Ka Ho'ola, an Hawaiian Cancer Retreat.

Desiree M. Delos Santos

Business Owner

Desiree is a North Kohala rancher and former President of the Kohala Community Athletic Association, the North Kohala Hawaiian Civic Club, and co-chaired the Kamehameha Week Celebration Committee for many years. She has lived in North Kohala for 25 years and was born and raised in Honokaa.

Our Staff

 

Christine Richardson

Executive Director

Christine brings a wide-ranging background to our Center. With a BA in Human Service Advocacy and five years as the Clinic Manager for North Kohala's Native Hawaiian Health Research project, she has considerable experience in providing grassroots service to residents in our community. She has managed large projects and accomplished important community-related goals. As a professional RN, she has served Kohala Home Health Care and Kohala Hospital and is an on-call RN for North Hawaii Hospice. She completed a Certificate of Professional Development in Nonprofit Management from Kapiolani Community College in September 2004. She has lived in Kohala since 1994.

Juanita Rivera

Executive Assistant

Juanita moved to North Kohala with her husband in 1979. She worked for the Mauna Kea resort and H&R Block. She worked for Dr. Robert Watkins as a receptionist and billing expert for eleven years before joining the staff of the Resource Center in February 2006. She makes the Resource Center hum.

Megan Solis

Associate Director

Megan and her husband, Jesus, moved to Kohala in 2009 from Washington state. She worked as the editor for Kohala Mountain News from 2011 to 2013, which helped her make important connections within the Kohala community. She holds bachelor's and master's degrees in English and has worked as an ESL teacher, paralegal, court clerk, and copy editor. She joined the Resource Center in July 2013.




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North Kohala Community Resource Center
Based in Hawi, North Kohala, Hawaii.
Providing local support, bridges to funding and education for projects that benefit the community of North Kohala.
55-3393 Akoni Pule Hwy., Hawi | 1-808-889-5523