Hoʻoulu ‘Āina Director
Puni is a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner and accomplished kanaka maoli artist who has led Hawaiian health and ‘āina-based educational programming for over 20 years. She helped to establish Hoʻoulu ʻĀina a 100-acre nature preserve in Kalihi, supporting youth, families, and individuals including Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander healers and cultural practitioners sustain their connection to land. As part of Kōkua Kalihi Valley's leadership, Puni is a co-designer of the indigenous health framework Pilinahā: The Four Connections which has been used across the nation to demonstrate connectedness as health and wellbeing.
Kim Coco Iwamoto
Attorney & Activist
Kim Coco Iwamoto is a civil rights attorney, small business owner, and social change philanthropist. Kim Coco went to law school with the goal of expanding civil rights laws to protect more people, including LGBT persons. She began her career coordinating free legal clinics in homeless shelters and community centers across the state.
Kim Coco has served on the State Board of Education and the Hawaii Civil Rights Commission. She is a founding funder of Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (HAPA) and the Chamber of Sustainable Commerce. Kim Coco is a proud mother of a Queen Kaahumanu Elementary School student.