Monday, January 27, 2020

Meet Our Staff

Lāhela N.,
Co-Founder & Lead ʻAlele 

Welina me ka Oiaio! My name is Lāhela, I am the Co-Founder & Lead ʻAlele/Press for Kamamaluula News. I am from Hauula. I lived in Japan for nearly 10 years, where I attended University in Kyushyu, afterwards working for a company in Tokyo. In Japan, I made lifelong friends with many other multi-national individuals, living and learning about our shared world.

When I returned home to Hawaii, I was struck with how much had changed in just that short time. It was disturbing, seeing the slide towards forced American assimilation ramping up. I looked all around me and saw our Citizens being conditioned to simply grit our teeth and endure. On the 125th Anniversary of the Illegal Overthrow of our lawful country, January 17th 2018, I and my friend Kaci had a moment of true clarity. The first realisation that we could help our Country and our Citizens was to be genuine to who we are; every citizen has different skills, and every one of us can contribute in our own way. The second realisation was so much simpler—JUST DO IT ALREADY! From that moment on, we have made every effort to stay genuine to who we are and to always keeping doing what we need to do.

Kaci-Cheree P.,
Co-Founder & Lead Kālele 

Welina me ke Aloha! I’m Kaci, Co-Founder & Lead Kālele/Operations for Kamamaluula News. My roots originate in Oahu, but for 20 years of my life I have lived as part of the Hawaiian diaspora in the United States.

Though I understand the struggles of living in an occupied Hawaii, living away from home has also come with challenges; the limited access to our country’s history, culture, and community was most troubling of all.  I believed I didn’t have the ability to contribute in a meaningful way to our country, until I realized the capabilities of modern technologies to bridge the divides put between us.  It is incredibly rewarding providing operational, technical and research support for Kamamaluula News.

An olelo noeau of ours at KMU is that “we do what we can, when we can, then we do better next time”, so it is true that all of our Citizens have the ability to accomplish more than they might think.