Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows

developing future leaders… planning for Maui Nui’s future

Leadership Development

What is the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Program?

Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows is a nonprofit, community-based program created to identify and develop young leaders in Maui County.

Ka ipu kukui translates to crucible of light. It is this light that shines in each and every one of us who is willing to make a difference in our environment, in our community, and in our lives.

Maui Nui occupies a special place in the state, country, and world. However, as Maui Nui residents, we face many challenges that could erode the unique splendor of our islands. Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows is a year-long program designed to train community-identified future leaders.

A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program was conceived to promote and develop future leaders through a community-based program designed to address planning for Maui Nui’s future.

Each month, the program’s content focuses on the multiple perspectives of Maui’s different challenges. Through these monthly learning opportunities known as Halawai, participants develop a holistic appreciation and understanding of these unique challenges, ultimately arriving at a more informed framework and a more enhanced network to better address Maui Nui’s challenges in the future.

If you know of an outstanding individual you would like to nominate for this opportunity to shine, please contact us or share this application for the program.


The Ka Ipu Kukui Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to postpone the remainder of the program for the class of 2020 as well as upcoming in-person alumni engagement events. The program is exploring adjunct webinars for alumni and current Fellows while continuing to monitor state and county advisories to identify a safe window for Halawai to resume. Applications for the 2021 Cohort are tentatively set to be accepted in Fall 2020.


Board of Directors

  • Troy Hashimoto
  • Doug McLeod
  • Tambara Garrick
  • Amber Hardwick
  • Scott Nunokawa *
  • Leilani Pulmano
  • Clyde Sakamoto *
  • Jeanne Skog *
  • Marc Takamori
  • Royle Taogoshi
  • Lianne Yoshida
  • Logan McBarnet
  • Candace Thackerson

Executive Consultant

  • Lori Teragawachi

Advisory Members

  • Alix Buchter
  • Yarrow Flower
  • Kalani Nikaido Ho
  • Rhiannon Chandler
  • Rory Frampton *
  • Gladys Baisa *
  • Sarah McLane
  • Stanley Okamoto *
  • Pualani Enos
  • Susan Clements

* Founding Members

Words from a Fellow

“The Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Program provides access and exposure to so many important places that are not available to the general public. The program sets up constructive and open discussions with an extremely diverse group of fellows. As a bonus, the technical leadership training went beyond my expectations. The program is truly unique, and a valuable asset to our community.”

Michael Silva

Vice President, Ronald M. Fukumoto Engineering, Inc., and 2012 Ka Ipu Kukui Fellow.

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Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows

Mailing Address

Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows
c/o Maui Economic Development Board, Inc.
1305 North Holopono Street, Suite 1
Kihei, Hawaii 96753

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