Who We Are

Navigating Humanity Towards a Sustainable Future

We are teachers, scholars, cultural practitioners, activists and communicators dedicated to promoting culturally appropriate and scientifically sound approaches to living on small islands, and on planet earth. We have decades of experience working in Hawaiian and other Native communities, and bringing those important values and lessons to bear on current situations.

Dr. Herman with his model voyaging canoe.

RDK (Doug) Herman

Executive Director

Dr. RDK (Doug) Herman holds a PhD from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and served as Senior Geographer at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. He has taught university classes on the Geography of Hawai‘i and Geography of the Pacific Islands. view resume

Lynette Hi‘ilani Cruz

Dr. Lynette Hi‘ilani Cruz is a resident of Wai‘anae on O‘ahu and a retired professor of anthropology at Hawai‘i Pacific University.  She is a social justice advocate and coordinates and volunteers for mālama ‘āina projects at different ahupua‘a on O‘ahu.  She currently lectures in political science at Leeward Community College, Wai‘anae moku.

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M. Kalani Souza

Kalani is a gifted storyteller, singer, songwriter, musician, performer, poet, philosopher, priest, political satirist, and peacemaker. A Hawaiian practitioner and cross-cultural facilitator, he has experience in promoting social justice through conflict resolution. His workshops and lectures inspire, challenge and entertain the listener while calling all to be their greater selves.

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Dawn Niederhauser

Finance and Administration

Dawn Niederhauser has over 20 years of experience in development and fundraising for a variety of organizations including the Baltimore City Public school system and several social service providers. She is also Director of Development for the Center for Economic and Policy Research, a progressive think tank headquartered in Washington DC.   

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