Leadership

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Kainoa EmbernateFounder, President & CEO

Kainoa is an educator of Hawaiian language and culture from Hilo, Hawaii. He holds a Master of Arts in Indigenous Language and Culture Education, a post-baccalaureate certificate in Indigenous Teacher Education and a Bachelor of Arts in Hawaiian Studies from Ka Haka ʻUla o Keʻelikōlani, College of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo. He lectured undergraduate and graduate courses at UHH. He taught pre-kindergarten through high school students at the Hawaiian immersion laboratory school, Ke Kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu in Keaʻau, Hawaiʻi. He participated in "He ʻŌlelo Ola" action research project in 2008 that produced actionable strategies that increased K-8 oral language proficiencies modeled after indigenous Maori multimedia technology strategies in Aotearoa.

Kainoa moved to New York in October 2012 and completed his classic culinary arts studies at the International Culinary Center (formerly The French Culinary Institute). He is now a source to cultural practitioners, culinarians, performing and teaching artists, writers, filmmakers and scholars looking to grow Hawaiian, Polynesian and Oceanic presence in New York City and around the world. He enjoys his part-time prep cook work at Noreetuh in the East Village.

He will begin his studies online with Capella University in January 2018 pursuing a PhD in Education in Instructional Design for Online Learning Specialization. With this knowledge, Kainoa will architect an e-Learning experience that will empower indigenous language and culture communities.

 

(TBA), Vice President

(TBA), Secretary

(TBA), Treasurer

(TBA), Director of Organizational Governance

The Director of Organizational Governance will shift existing organizational paradigms and guide true indigenous leadership to the foreground of current global landscapes.

(TBA), Director of Indigenous Technologies

The Director of Indigenous Technologies will remap historically non-indigenous technological spaces and call into action place-keeping of indigenous technological spaces.

(TBA), Director of Creative Enterprises

The Director of Creative Enterprises will redefine historical brands of creativity confined in an enterprise and inspire new indigenous domains of creative discovery.

(TBA), Director of Resource Communications

The Director of Resource Communications will explore obstructed and undelivered communication among indigenous communities and expand resourceful conversations.