Mahina Paishon-Duarte hails from O’ahu a Lua and currently serves as Paepae o He’eia’s Board President. As the organization’s first executive director, Mahina and her core leadership team transitioned the organization from a volunteer group to a thriving not-for-profit that is recognized locally and internationally for its leadership and innovation in Hawaiian fishpond revitalization, food sustainability and native education. She continues to support Paepae’s educational efforts and strategic reach into the broader community as the principal of a Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School, a partner of Paepae o He’eia.
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