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Pili Koko - Board of Directors

Forest Trees

President:  Leiʻohu Ryder

ʻĀina Aloha…All life is sacred. What we do to the Honua we do to ourselves.  Aloha ʻĀina is a sacred kuleana.


Vice-President:  Stephanie-Ann Kalehua Kaplan

From Haleiwa, Oʻahu,  a graduate of Kahuku High School.  A resident of Maui since 1993 and currently resides in the ahupuaʻa of Waiʻehu, Maui.

"Resources to me is not only the ʻāina and nature around us, but the humans and objects too"

My passion and kuleana is to protect, preserve and perpetuate the Hawaiian culture, the ʻāina and resources.

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Secretary:  Michele Hoopii

Michele Hoopii of Waiʻehu, Maui, comes from a family of generational Hawaiian Kalo Farmers and today she and her family continue this family tradition on their ancestral lands in Waiʻehu Valley, Maui.  Michele also brings years of experience in Information Technology (IT) in the Health & Utility
Field. Currently Michele serves on the Maui-Lana’i Island Burial Council, representing the
Wailuku Moku. In her free time, Michele enjoys cultivating and perpetuating our native Hawaiian culture through her family’s legacy.

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Treasurer:  Charlene Schulenburg

Charlene Schulenburg was raised on Maui, attended Kula and old Kihei Elementary schools and
is a St. Anthony graduate. She received her BA from Santa Clara University.  Her dad was Lee Schulenburg, manager of the old Woolworth Store at the Maui Mall. After college, Char became a model, actress, director, screenplay writer, and the CEO of her own Production Company in Los Angeles before moving back home to Maui in 2010. Since returning home, Char has been busy,she runs the Aloha Aku Inn in Kihei with her husband Gary Passon.  She serves on the St. Anthony School Foundation Board, is a Co-founder of the South Maui Save the Wetlands Hui, serves on the Sierra Club Board, is part of the Uluniu Beach Reserve Association, is Chair of the Share Your Mana Board helping the houseless, and is the Treasurer for Pili Koko, a 501c3 focused on conservation, preservation, education, and restoration of Maui’s Natural Resources in perpetuity.  Char recently
got elected Jan. 2024, President of the Kihei Community Association and also was the chairperson
of the Bissen Movement getting Mayor Richard Bissen elected.


Director:  Maydeen Iao

All life is sacred upon Honua. Every living being, human, plant, animal, mineral, are treated with dignity, grace, compassion & respect.


He aliʻi ka ʻāina; He kauā ke kānaka. The land is chief; People are its servant.


Director:  Hinano Rodrigues

Hinano Rodrigues is a kua'aina of Olowalu and Ukumehame, the ahupua'a of his kupuna since time immemorial.  His family continues to practice mahi'ai to this day.  Hinano has a B.A. in Hawaiian Studies, and a J.D. from the University of California Hastings College of the law.  He brings with him, years of teaching Hawaiian language, art and culture, as well as experience serving as the History and Culture Branch Chief of the Department of Land and Natural Resources, State Historic Preservation Division.  Hinano is well-versed in State and Federal laws dealing with both natural and cultural perpetuation and preservation.  

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