Advisory Board

Youth Development • Arts Education • Cultural Preservation • Community Building

Our growth depends on the knowledge and guidance of these amazing volunteer supporters. Being on the Advisory Board is not a paid or decision-making position. These are people we call on from time to time for advice.

Vicky Holt Takamine

Kumu Hula, Pua Ali`i `Ilima

Vicky Holt Takamine graduated as kumu hula through the ‘ūniki rituals of hula from Maiki Aiu Lake in August, 1975. Vicky established her hālau, Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima in 1977. She is also the founder and kumu hula of Papa Laua‘e O Makana, on Kaua‘i island. In April, 2010 Vicky officially opened an extension of her hālau in New York City, Pua Ali‘i ‘Ilima o Nuioka. Vicky received her BA and MA in Dance Ethnology from the University of Hawai’i. She is a lecturer at the University of Hawai‘i and Leeward Community College. Vicky is recognized as a native Hawaiian leader and as an advocate for the protection of native Hawaiian rights, social justice issues and the protection of the natural and cultural resources of Hawai‘i. She is the co-founder and executive director of PA‘I Foundation, an arts organization that preserves and perpetuates Hawaiian cultural traditions. Since 2006, PA’I has partnered with the Bishop Museum to create events and activities that highlight and showcase native Hawaiian art & cultural traditions through a month long program, MAMo: Maoli Arts Month.

Will Espero

Senator, Hawaii State Senate

Majority Floor Leader, Will Espero, is a Democratic state senator, representing District 19 since 2000. Senator Espero has served in the legislature for 13 years. He is Chair of the Committee on Housing. He sits as a member of the Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection, and Health; the Committee on Education; and the Committee on Higher Education.

Carol Fukunaga

Honolulu City Council, District 6

A 20-year veteran of the Hawaii State Legislature, Senator Fukunaga served on several National Conference of Legislature committees that deal with state and federal issues regarding e-commerce, telecommunications, high technology and information privacy. She has served on the State Legislature’s Hawaii Broadband Task Force and Hawaii Identity Theft Task Force, is a member of the Policy Committee of the Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization, Co-Convenor for the Hawaii Transit-Oriented Community-based Economic Development Project, and is on the Board of Directors for the Historic Hawaii Foundation and Sexual Assault Treatment Center.

Della Au Bellati

State Representative, District 24, Hawaii House of Representatives

Della Au Belatti is a Democratic Representative, representing District 24 since 2012. She has served in the legislature since 2006. Bellati is the chairperson for the House’s Health Committee, and is a member of the Consumer Protection and Commerce, Housing, Human Services, and Judiciary committees.

Thomas Foti

General Manager, Hilton Waikiki Beach

Thomas Foti has been a general manager of Renaissance Hotels in New Orleans, Walnut Creek and Times Square. His youthful, person-to-person approach has earned him numerous coveted positions in the hotel industry over the last 25 years.

Raiatea Helm

Eight-time Nā Hokū Hanohano Award Recipient

Raiatea Helm made history in 2006 as Hawai‘i’s first solo female vocalist to ever receive a Grammy Nomination for her sophomore CD “Sweet and Lovely.” She was recently recognized by the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation as their “Music Fellow” and by doing so became the first Hawaiian artist ever to receive the nationally acclaimed NACF Award dedicated to native peoples who create art in music, dance, visual arts, film and literature. Only one award is presented each year in each category and artists from all 50 states are considered. Raiatea is a two-time Grammy nominee, two-time Female Vocalist of the Year, and eight-time Nā Hokū Hanohano Award Recipient. Few performers of any age can match that achievement.

Anthony Kalahui

Officer, Honolulu Police Department

Ten-year veteran, Anthony “Tony” Kalahui has served various elements in patrol, Weed & Seed Community Policing Team (CPT), and Crime Reduction Unit (CRU). Tony graduated from the Kamehameha Schools in 1996. He received his pilot’s license from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott, Arizona and holds his bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

Tony’s deep interest in the studies of Hawaiian history, government, music & the arts are taken after his grandmother, Alice. She was a member of The Hawaiian Historical Society, danced & taught hula in Waikiki under Kumu Hula Kent Ghirard, and wrote and composed music with Mary Kawena Puku‘i. Tony’s father, Louie, an avid Hawaiian ki ho‘alu slack-key guitar player, gave inspiration to Eddie Kamae and Pilahi Paki in writing the words to a 1975 island hit song, “Kela Mea Whiffa.”

Tony and his Waikiki CPTeam brought native Hawaiian values and protocol to the district’s largest park beautification mural project, by which law enforcement partnered with residents, non-profit groups, community organizations, and neighboring businesses. They were able to effectively rid the area of crime, restoring a sense of pride, and ownership to residents in Waikiki. Centering on the police department’s philosophy and the embodiment of Hawaiian principles “mahalo, aloha, and pono,” Tony’s personal mission is to continue fulfilling the department’s mission with culture-based community projects in making Honolulu the safest city in the nation.

John Koga

Sculptor and Curator

John Koga may be Hawaii’s most well known living modernist. His whimsical sculptures are thoughtful extensions of the experimental modes within 20th Century sculptural abstractions established by Noguchi and Henry Moore while being intergalactic. He served for 20 years as chief preparatory at the Contemporary Museum. Prior to that he worked for the State Foundation on Culture and the Arts.

Keoni Lee

Co-Founder, ‘Ōiwi TV

Keoni Lee is the Co-Founder of ‘Ōiwi TV, the first Native Hawaiian owned and operated television station. Founded in 2009, ʻŌiwi TV is a social enterprise that aims to create meaningful impact for Native Hawaiians and Hawaiʻi by reestablishing the Hawaiian language and worldview in daily life through media. Keoni’s focus at ʻŌiwi TV has been on digital convergence and leveraging new technologies to create a new model for community-based media in the digital age.

Check out completed Mele Murals.

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Your tax-deductible financial contributions provide critically needed support of public arts and placemaking programs in Hawai‘i.

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Provide Hawai‘i schools with qualified arts educators, cultural advisors and professional muralists to guide students through the Mele Murals process.

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Provide students with essential art supplies.

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Helps Hawai‘i communities share their cultural heritage through large-scale mural masterpieces.

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