Graduate of Kamehameha School (1993); Rick obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of Hawai’i (1999), with a primary focus on Hawaii’s natural history & the conservation of native biota. He co-founded Hui Ku Maoli Ola (1999), was elected to the Board of Directors for the Honolulu Botanical Gardens (2002) and is primary contributor to the weekly Star Bulletin newspaper article In The Garden which ran on Fridays from June, 2002-2009.
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