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Board of Directors

The ‘Aha Pūnana Leo Board of Directors consists of eight volunteer members who establish policy, provide support and direction, and serve in an advisory capacity for programs. The Board’s meetings, like all ‘Aha Pūnana Leo business, are conducted in Hawaiian. All members are Hawaiian speaking with a strong commitment and track record of service on behalf of Hawaiian language and culture revitalization and preservation in our community.

imageKauanoe Kamanā
Member since 1983
Dr. Kauanoe Kamanā is a founding member of the ʻAha Pūnana Leo and serves as its President. She was born in Honolulu and raised in Kalihi and Kalamaʻula, Molokaʻi. She is the director of U.H. Hilo’s P-20 Hawaiian medium education laboratory school Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu. As a teacher and administrator, she works with students, teachers and families to re-establish the vibrancy of Hawaiian language and culture                                                                                           in Hawaiʻi. Kauanoe believes that we all                                                                                               have a role in carrying the legacy of                                                                                                     Hawaiian language into the future.

image‘Alohilani Rogers
Member since 2001
ʻAlohilani Rogers has served on the ʻAha Pūnana Leo board for 9 years and is currently the board secretary. ʻAlohilani was a teacher in the Hawaiian Immersion Program for 15 years and is currently an administrator at Kawaikini Hawaiian medium public charter school. She has three children, all of whom have been raised in the Hawaiian language since birth.

Treasurer (Vacant)

imageLarry Kimura
Member since 1983
Larry Lindsey Kimura grew up in Waimea, South Kohala during the 1940’s with his grandparents being among the last native Hawaiian speakers of their community. He has taught Hawaiian language for over 40 years at the University of Hawaiʻi and continues his work at Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani College of Hawaiian Language at U.H. Hilo. He is a co-founder and current board member at the ʻAha Pūnana Leo.

imageKeawe Lopes
Member since 2011
Dr. Keawe Lopes is a professor at Kawaihuelani Center for Hawaiian Language at U.H. Mānoa and the coordinator of Ka Waihona A Ke Aloha, Ka Papahana Hoʻoheno Mele. His intimacy with the Hawaiian language serves as a foundation in his hālau, Ka Lā ʻŌnohi Mai O Haʻehaʻe, which he opened with his wife in 2005. Keawe is also a recording artist and Nā Hōkū Hanohano nominee in both the Hawaiian Language Album and Haku Mele Song Composer categories.

imageKīʻope Raymond
Member 1986 – 2004, 2011-present
Kīʻope is a tenured faculty member in Hawaiian Language Studies at Maui Community College; where he is also currently the Humanities Department Chairperson. Although he was born in Lahaina, Kīʻope, his wife Lisa Schattenburg-Raymond, and children now reside in Kula, Maui. Kīʻope has twice been a member of the ʻAha Pūnana Leo board: 1986-2004 and 2011 to the present. Both of Kīʻopeʻs                                                                                                 children attended the Pūnana Leo o                                                                                                     Maui.

imageHulilau Wilson
Member since 2011
Hulilauākea Wilson is a native Hawaiian language speaker. He is a Pūnana Leo graduate and also a graduate of Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu class of 1999, the first class in over 100 years to be educated completely through the Hawaiian language. Hulilau is a graduate of Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani and a former Teacher Aide at Pūnana Leo o Hilo.

imagePila Wilson
Member since 1983
Dr. William H. “Pila” Wilson is a founding member of the ʻAha Pūnana Leo. Pila was born in Honolulu after his parents came to Hawaiʻi during World War II. Pila teaches at Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani Hawaiian Language College at U.H. Hilo. His professional expertise includes Hawaiian grammar, the history of the Hawaiian language, and language revitalization. Pila has played a key role in developing state laws for education                                                                                                 through Hawaiian and in establishing                                                                                                   U.S. federal policies to protect and                                                                                                       promote Native American languages.