Staff & Board

Our Staff

  • Gary Maunakea-Forth
    Gary Maunakea-Forth
    Farm Operations Director
    Gary was born and raised in the farming community of Levin in Aotearoa, New Zealand. Gary completed his under-graduate and graduate studies at the University of HawaiʻI earing an M.A. in Environmental and Political Science, Gary co-founded the non-profit organization WCRC and MA’O Organic Farms with his wife Kukui.
  • Kukui Maunakea-Forth
    Kukui Maunakea-Forth
    Executive Director
    Born and raised on Hawaiian Homestead Lands in Nānākuli, Kukui was raised at the knee of her grandmother, a well-known and loved kupuna, Katherine Maunakea. Kukui is a graduate of Nānākuli High School and the University of HawaiʻI West Oahu with a B.A. in Hawaiian-Pacific Studies.
  • Kamuela Enos
    Kamuela Enos
    Social Enterprise Director
    Born and raised in Wai’anae, Kamuela comes from a family of cultural practitioners and farmers committed to sustainable agriculture. A vocal advocate for innovative educational approaches that serve all learners, Kamuela has turned his challenged secondary education experiences into a successful post-secondary academic career. Kamuela has an undergraduate degree in Hawaiian Studies and a M.A in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa.
  • Tori-Lyn Smith
    Tori-Lyn Smith
    Youth Leadership Development Specialist
  • Hiwa Kanehailua
    Hiwa Kanehailua
    Office Manager & Program Specialist
  • Cheryse Sana
    Cheryse Sana
    MAʻO Farm Manager
    Cheryse is a life-long Waiʻanae resident, a graduate of Waiʻanae High School, a graduate of UH Leeward Community College with an A. A. degree, and a graduate of the University of HawaiʻI, Manoa with a B. A. degree in Hawaiian Studies. Cheryse plans to go back to school to attain an M.A. from the University so that she can be more of service to other youth, other families and the broader community.
  • Derrik Parker
    Derrik Parker
    Farm Co-Manager
    Derrik was born and raised in Waiʻanae, a graduate of Waiʻanae High School, and a graduate of the UH Leeward Community College with an A. A. degree. Derrik is currently enrolled at the University of Hawaiʻi UH West Oʻahu and is a dual Business/ Music major. Derrick’s long-term goals are still in development, but his passion for music will play a role in whatever he does in the future.
  • Cheyanne Teixeira
    Cheyanne Teixeira
    Farm Apprentice
  • Taylor Freitas
    Taylor Freitas
    Farm Apprentice
  • Tiele Doudt
    Tiele Doudt
    Farm Apprentice
  • Lynn Batten
    Lynn Batten
    Farm to Fork Coordinator