We foster prudent use of agricultural resources. Hawaii's unique environment requires us to think how we can add value though manufactured goods yet provide ecological benefit in all phases of Agricultural activities.
Joe`received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Hawaii Manoa in 1981. As a student of the ArchD Program at the UH School of Architecture, he investigated the use of bio-based materials and systems to mitigate reliance on fossil fuel needs. Joe founded Aina Design knowing that a true game changer is needed for our Island and Moku.
Eddie spent the majority of his career as a farm worker. He is keenly aware of the impacts of non-indigenous plants on our native ecosystems. As our designated farm manager, Eddie works to improve our soil conditions using permaculture.
Uncle Larry is well known by small farmers. thoughout the Windward side of Oahu. As a small farmer entrepreneur, grown local is his mantra. More important, Larry works well with our small farmer community and expects only the best quality based on very simple standards. Can it be grown based on current conditions and does is really taste good.
Student at University of Hawaii at Manoa, School of Ocean Earth Science and Technology, pursuing Bachelor of Science in Global Environmental Science. Through current studies, Kiefer is keen on the most prevalent issues the world faces today. Natural resources such as clean water, biodiversity, and resilience to change are consistent themes in his areas of focused research. Island habitats like Hawai`i are the first areas to see their natural resources diminished. Becoming self sufficient is not impossible to him believing that a combination of ancestral knowledge and modern technology can be achieved.
Board and Advisors
Elaine Dung (Advisor)
As a agricultural planner, Elaine is acutely aware of Hawaii's unique landscape. As an educator, Elaine has taught permaculture specific to our Island landscapes. As a former master planner for our largest landowner in the Hawaiian Island chain (KSBE), Elaine's vision of a food secure island begins through respect of the land. Simply put.
William Kealoha (Board Member)
As founder of Project Greenthumb and lifelong occupational therapist, the land and our health are inseparable. Billy works closely with our local institutions to ensure that no one is left behind. Literally speaking. His work with our Veteran's Programs is twofold. Ensure a stable and healthy future. Provide workforce development and housing through efforts related to horticulture and the concept of "giving back to the land".
Brian Walker (Board Member)
Brian is an educator and visionary. As a former corporate sales executive, the product and pitch makes or breaks a successful business. These days, that is not always the case. Brian has established our no-waste strategy as a "money maker". Think about it, we are on an island and whatever we throw away either goes into our landfill or lands up in areas harmful to our environment. Why not invent products that eliminate this.
Vertical Project Members
Central Oahu Whitmore Project
Value Added Producers
design Challenge 2018