Kaulunani Staff

Kaulunani Staff

Photo Credit: Elyse Butler

Photo Credit: Elyse Butler

Heather McMillen, PhD

Hawaiʻi State Urban Forester | Kaulunani Program Coordinator | ISA Certified Arborist, Email

Heather sees trees as a connector to our places, and our collective health, wellbeing and resilience.  She was born in the volcanic landscape of Kilimanjaro, grew up in the US continental mid-west, and for the last 25 years has found home in the volcanic landscapes of O‘ahu, most recently in Pālolo. She is an ISA certified arborist, has a PhD in Anthropology with foci in conservation biology and ethnobiology, and is a humble learner of wood carving, lauhala weaving, and tree pruning. In her spare time she likes to meditate underwater and sing to fish.


Kate Wiechmann

Community Partnership Coordinator, Email








Brayden Aki

RCUH, Urban Forestry GIS/Data Technician, Email

Brayden was born and raised on Oʻahu and graduated from Mid-Pacific Institute in 2015. In 2019 he earned a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Political Science from Santa Clara University while also achieving a perfect 0-4 winless record in philanthropy dodgeball events. Now back home, he is grateful to be doing important work in the community that he grew up in. He’s also an avid baseball card collector and movie watcher who believes Moneyball is the greatest sports movie of all time.



Taylor YoungTaylor Young

Conservation Leadership Development Program Kupu Member, DOFAW Forest Stewardship and Urban & Community Forestry Programs, Email

Taylor was born and raised in Waipahu, growing up spending her time hopping between nearby parks, beaches, and tennis courts. Living in Hawaiʻi surrounded by beautiful and unique landscapes, she naturally became an advocate and steward of the land. She moved to Colorado to pursue a B.S. in Ecosystem Science and Sustainability with a Minor in Global Environmental Sustainability before returning home to Oʻahu to embarked on a career in the natural resources field. She enjoys frequent walks with her dog and cat, cooking for her family, and playing tennis.


David WoodDavid Wood

RCUH, Urban Forestry Communications Assistant, Email

David grew up in the small village of Stevington in rural England where his playground was farmers fields, bluebell woods, and the River Great Ouse. He played soccer at UNC Asheville while earning his B.S. in Environmental Studies before working as an environmental communicator at a variety of nature centers, state parks, and museums. He recently moved to Honolulu to pursue a M.A. in Strategic Communication from Hawaiʻi Pacific University and enjoys inhaling ahi limu poke, chilling in his hammock at Hūnānāniho and kicking a ball around in the local soccer league.