Kaulunani Urban & Community Forestry Council

Kaulunani Urban & Community Forestry Council

Apply to the Kaulunani Advisory Council

The Kaulunani Urban and Community Forestry Program is currently seeking qualified and enthusiastic applicants for its Advisory Council. The Council is composed of professionals from across the state, ranging from arborists to landscape architects, government planners, horticulturalists, and community leaders. We seek applications from people with a diverse backgrounds, professions, experience, and locations across Hawaiʻi.

Professionals from all experience, fields, and areas of expertise are encouraged to apply; however the following areas of expertise are ones we currently seek to strengthen on the Council:

  • Landscape Architecture
  • Education & Outreach (particularly with regard to youth)
  • Climate Change
  • Housing (eg. Hawai‘i Public Housing Authority, Department of Hawaiian Home Lands)
  • Transportation
  • Indigenous Knowledge
  • Health
  • Native Hawaiian Communities
  • Low Income/Marginalized Communities

Priority will be given to applications received by April 22, 2022. Applications will then be considered on a rolling basis.

Click here for: Kaulunani Council Application | Advisory Council Guidelines

 


About the Kaulunani Advisory Council

The Kaulunani Advisory Council acts in an advisory capacity to the State Forester and to the Kaulunani UCF Program, providing recommendations, direction, and strategic guidance for an array of community forestry initiatives across the state. The Council actively reviews the Forest Action Plan and any other documents related to the program, it reviews applications of the Community Forestry grant program, recommends the approval for community projects that fall within the Program’s scope, and advises on educational and marketing initiatives. The Council also reviews and consults on the annual Federal Program grant proposal, as well as other Federal or non federal funding opportunities as requested.

Community members and professionals that feel they are in a position to positively contribute to the Program are encouraged to submit an application to join the Council each October. 

The Council participates in quarterly meetings that are open to the public. Please reach out to staff if you are interested in joining one of the meetings listed below.

2022 Meeting Schedule:

  • 11 February 2022
  • 13 May 2022
  • 11 August 2022
  • 10 November 2022

 


Current Kaulunani Advisory Council Members

The Kaulunani Advisory Council is composed of a diverse group of professionals representing a range of sectors and experience across Hawaiʻi. Applications for new Members are accepted on a rolling basis.

Alex Puanani Connelly

Board Member since 2013

Alex Puanani Connelly is from Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. She serves as the E Alu Pū network coordinator for Kuaʻāina Ulu ʻAuamo, a local non-profit that works to empower Hawaiʻi communities to improve quality of life through caring for our biocultural heritage. The E Alu Pū network is an intergenerational learning network of community projects, families, groups, and organizations involved in stewardship of our island resources mauka to makai. Alex joined the Council in 2013 because she believes urban forestry informs our sense of place and sees it as a way for people to connect with our native trees, their uses and manifestations in our daily lives. Alex has many favorite trees but wants to highlight the endemic and undervalued lonomea (Sapindus Oʻahuensis)a serious street and shade tree contender! Alex is a mother of two and dances with Hālau Mōhala ʻIlima.

 

Danielle Frohlich

Board Member since 2019

Danielle Frohlich has over 18 years of experience in the fields of invasion biology, plant taxonomy, ecology, and public outreach. She has extensive experience identifying plant species from tropical regions of the world. Danielle has assisted policy makers, federal and state agencies, landowners, and management organizations throughout Hawaiʻi and internationally in horizon scanning for potential invasive species, policy development, and invasive species control.She worked for Oʻahu Invasive Species Committee and Bishop Museum’s Herbarium Pacificum as the Project Coordinator for the Oʻahu Early Detection program for 9 years and is now the Lead Botanist and Invasive Species Program Specialist at SWCA Environmental Consultants, where she serves as the lead technical expert for a 10-year invasive species management plan with the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation. Her favorite tree is mangosteen, because it has beautiful foliage and delicious fruit.

 

Desireé Page

Board Member since 2019

Desireé Page is a Certified Arborist working in Oʻahu’s urban forests since 2010. Before relocating from her home state of Illinois, she achieved a Bachelor’s Degree in Agricultural Science/ Urban Forest Management at Western Illinois University in 2008, and became an ISA Certified Arborist in 2009. Desireé took her first job in arboriculture in 1998 as a groundman, dragging brush for a small company, and has held a position in the industry ever since. She started climbing trees in 2006. Shortly after moving to Honolulu she began working with the Tree Care Division of a family owned landscape company in 2011. After 7 years of employment, she parted with her role as Operations Manager to accept the position of System Arborist with Hawaiian Electric. Desireé has been serving on the board of the Aloha Arborist Association since April of 2016 and will begin serving her second year as President in April, 2019.

 

Dave Smith

DOFAW Board Member since 1992

David Smith is the Forestry and Wildlife Administrator for the Department of Land and Natural Resources’ Division of Forestry and Wildlife, a position he has held since 2015. He was born and raised on the windward side of Oʻahu, graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1982 and began working as an ecologist, with contract positions at the Hawaiʻi Institute of Marine Biology, The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has been with the Division of Forestry and Wildlife since 1988, working as a wildlife biologist, forester, natural area reserves manager, wildlife manager, and forestry and wildlife branch manager. He is also a journeyman carpenter, and a certified arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture. David has hands-on experience managing forest ecosystems, wetland and seabird sanctuaries, and public hunting areas, and is experienced in forest ecology and integrated resource management. He spends his spare time paddling outrigger canoes, climbing trees, and working on his house. His favorite tree is milo (Thespesia populnea) for its coastal riparian habitat, medium-sized growth form, deep green foliage, relaxing shade-tree characteristics, and rich red/brown wood.

 

Jennifer Maydan

Board Member since 2019

Jen Maydan joined Maui’s Long Range Division of the Planning Department in May 2014 with a passion to work with communities to plan for a resilient, healthy and equitable Maui. She has over 12years of experience in community planning working on projects including the Maui Island Plan, Lanaʻi Community Plan, Molokaʻi Community Plan, and West Maui Community Plan. Previously, Jen was a planner with Chris Hart & Partners, where she worked on community plans, master plans, environmental assessments, and development entitlements.Jen earned a Bachelor’s in Natural Resources from Colorado State University and a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Colorado at Denver.  She is a certified member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and Chair of the Healthy Eating Active Living  Coalition for Maui, Molokaʻi and Lanaʻi.  Jen lives in Haiku with her husband and son and is thankful to be able to raise her son on Maui where she was born and raised. Jen’s favorite tree is koa because of its majestic beauty and steadfast strength.

 

Kailoa Mossman

Board Member since 2019

Kailoa Mossman is a graduate student at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning.  He received his bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. Kialoa currently works part time as the cultural and natural resource Intern for Kamehameha Schools and joined the council because he recognizes the importance of our urban environments but believes, like our kūpuna, the built environment must work in tandem with the natural environment, specifically the indigenous and endemic species of our Hawaiʻi landscapes. Kialoa’s favorite tree is the Ohiʻa for so many reasons, but mainly because of its ability to create entire forests as a pioneer plant.

 

Katie Stearns Friday

Board Member since 1992

Katie Friday’s contribution to Kaulunani is perspective across disciplines and programs, between islands and over time. She has worked in forestry and agroforestry the Pacific since 1985, including service in the Philippines with the US Peace Corps, and several roles with the USDA Forest Service cooperating with state and island forestry agencies in Hawaiʻi, Micronesia and American Samoa. As program manager for Forest Stewardship and Forest Legacy, her primary focus is now extension to landowners and forest acquisition.  Katie is co-located with research scientists at the USFS Institute of Pacific Islands Forestry in Hilo. Her favorite tree is coconut, icon of the Pacific, traditionally known as the “Tree of Life” for its water, food, and fiber. Today, freshly sprouted nuts are green cairns on trails across new lava in Puna.

 

Kris Kokame

Board Member since 2021

Kris Kokame has a background in the nonprofit sector and currently works at Alexander & Baldwin. In her role as an external affairs associate, she helps guide charitable giving to about 300 local nonprofits each year. After graduating from Occidental College, Kris earned her Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Hawai’i Shidler College of Business.

Kris is especially passionate about environmental and conservation causes and planting native trees. She has served as the social media manager for the local nonprofit Mālama Maunalua for over five years. In her spare time, she volunteers with several other nonprofits supporting beach clean-ups, invasive species removal, and native ecosystem restoration.

Kris’ favorite tree is the ʻōhiʻa lehua because of its resiliency on new lava flows, its beautiful red blossoms, & its importance for our native bird species.

 

Marie Williams

Board Member since 2018

Marie Williams is from O‘ahu and currently manages the Long Range Planning Division at the Kaua’i County Planning Department. She holds a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She joined Kaulunani in 2018 to promote urban forestry since trees and their shade are a critical part of any healthy community.

Marie is also is a board member of Kauaʻi Path, and the Chair of Get Fit Kauaʻi’s Built Environment Task Force. Her favorite trees are the Banyans which served as playgrounds in her childhood.

 

Matthew Bauer

Board Member since 2022

Matthew Bauer is a lifelong Windward Oahu resident who gained an appreciation for the outdoors and Hawaii’s Natural Environment through exploring the Ko’olau Mountains as a teenager. After graduating from the University of Washington, Matthew joined a small natural resource and ecosystem restoration company, called Pono Pacific and put his passion for the environment into a career helping to protect Hawaii’s watersheds and oceans. In 2007, Matthew, John Leong, and Julianna Rapu Leong co-founded Kupu, a nonprofit whose purpose is to provide Hawaii’s young people the opportunity to engage in the natural resource, conservation, and sustainability fields. Matthew serves as Kupu’s Chief Operating Officer, which over the last ten years has created more than 5,000 youth internships and provided over $153,000,000 in economic benefit to Hawaii. Matthew is an alum of Pacific Century Fellows and is Vice Chair of the Corps Network’s Corps Council, a national advocacy group for conservation and youth service corps nationwide. Matthew’s favorite tree is Diospyros Hillebrandii (Lama). 

 

Matthew Loudermilk

Board Member since 2022

Matt is an architectural and urban designer with a focus on mitigating current and anticipated urban community climate change impacts and has been employed with AHL since moving to Honolulu in 2019. Matt is also an avid hiker, artist, and urban gardener — all of which, combined with his rural Midwest upbringing, shape the way he relates to the urban and natural environment. Born and raised in rural Indiana, Matt completed his undergraduate degree at Ball State University majoring in architecture with a minor in sustainability in 2016. He later attended the University of Oregon at Portland, a satellite UO campus located in downtown Portland with a focus on urban design, where he earned his masters in architecture in 2019 and specialized in climate resilient community strategies and design. He then moved to Honolulu later that year for employment and to join existing efforts of building local resilience. Overall, Matt believes the urban and natural are two parts of one whole, and he believes in looking to the past and to the community to guide how our environments grow into an unprecedented future.  The Banyan tree is one of his favorite trees, finding inspiration in how their aerial roots empower them to embrace change, existing simultaneously as both permanently rooted and temporarily situated. 

 

Noa Lincoln

Board Member since 2019

Noa Lincoln hails from Keʻei, Hawai’i Island and is of Native Hawaiian descent. His current position is with the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa with a specialty in Indigenous Crops and Cropping Systems. He received his BS from Yale University in Environmental Engineering and his PhD from Stanford University in Interdisciplinary Resource Management. He works extensively with traditional and holistic agriculture and community-based food systems. He is president and founder of the Mala Kaluulu Cooperative, a board member of Ulu Mau Puanui and the Kona Producers Cooperative, and serves in an advisory capacity to several agricultural production organizations. Dr. Lincoln joined the Kaulunani Council to further contribute to the environmental, social, and cultural well-being of Hawai’i. Currently, his favorite tree is ‘ulu, which forms a central part of traditional Hawaiian agroforestry.

 

Terri Koike

Board Member since 2016

Terri Koike was born and raised in Honolulu. She has been with the City and County of Honolulu since 1993 and the Division of Urban Forestry (DUF) since 2000. She received a BBA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa with a major in Accounting and is a former CPA. Although her background is in accounting, after becoming more involved in operations to learn about urban forestry, she became an International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Certified Arborist in 2003, has the ISA Municipal Specialist and ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification credentials, and is the lead ISA Exam Proctor for Hawaiʻi. Terri is a member of ISA, the Western Chapter ISA, and the Society of Municipal Arborists (SMA). She is also an SMA Municipal Forestry (urban forestry leadership and managerial) Institute graduate.

Terri is excited to be part of establishing a new Community Forestry Section in DUF, and to work with the Council for the betterment of our communities.

 


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