Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows

developing emerging leaders… planning for Maui Nui’s future

Leadership Development

What is the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Program?

Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows is a nonprofit, community-based program created to identify and develop young leaders in Maui County.

Ka ipu kukui translates to crucible of light. It is this light that shines in each and every one of us who is willing to make a difference in our environment, in our community, and in our lives.

Maui Nui occupies a special place in the state, country, and world. However, as Maui Nui residents, we face many challenges that could erode the unique splendor of our islands. Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows is a year-long program designed to train community-identified future leaders.

A Decisions Maui and Focus Maui Nui initiative, the Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows program was conceived to promote and develop future leaders through a community-based program designed to address planning for Maui Nui’s future.

Each month, the program’s content focuses on the multiple perspectives of Maui’s different challenges. Through these monthly learning opportunities known as Halawai, participants develop a holistic appreciation and understanding of these unique challenges, ultimately arriving at a more informed framework and a more enhanced network to better address Maui Nui’s challenges in the future.


Board of Directors

  • Sayble Bissen
  • Dennis Ducatt
  • Daniel Emhoff
  • Tambara Garrick
  • Katie Gordon
  • Amber Hardwick
  • Troy Hashimoto
  • Logan McBarnet
  • Scott Nunokawa 
  • Leilani Pulmano
  • Marc Takamori
  • Candace Thackerson
  • Lori Teragawachi
  • Dean Tokishi
  • Lianne Yoshida

Executive Director

  • Charen Kepler

Founding Members

  • Roselle Bailey
  • Gladys Baisa
  • Sandy Baz
  • Buck Buchanan
  • Rory Frampton
  • Scott Nunokawa
  • Stanley Okamoto
  • Audrey Rocha Reed
  • Clyde Sakamoto
  • Jeanne Skog
  • Lori Teragawachhi

Words from a Fellow

“The Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows Program provides access and exposure to so many important places that are not available to the general public. The program sets up constructive and open discussions with an extremely diverse group of fellows. As a bonus, the technical leadership training went beyond my expectations. The program is truly unique, and a valuable asset to our community.”
Michael Silva

Vice President, Ronald M. Fukumoto Engineering, Inc., and 2012 Ka Ipu Kukui Fellow.

Contact Us

Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows

Mailing Address

Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows
153 E Kamehameha Ave
Ste 104-203
Kahului, HI 96732