Department of Transportation
+ Alaka‘i

Following tradtional pathways

The O‘ahu Highways Division is redefining how it prepares supervisors to fulfill the important kuleana of road caretakers. This custom-designed leadership program explores "ua mau ke ea o ka ‘āina i ka pono" to learn about shared leadership as another way of leading teams. To date, two cohorts have completed the program. The goal is they become alaka‘i who can sustain the positive changes forward.


Girl Scouts of Hawai‘i
+ Global Leadership

Developing girls of Hawai‘i
to become global leaders 

Research shows that girls today are interested in how leadership can help make the world a better place. A Hawaiian context sets up the expectation that leaders know and steward their own community and place before “changing the world.” With this understanding, we developed a foundational leadership program for students that strengthens their relationship to Hawai’i.  This journey begins with learning about water and wai through the lens of STEM and the ahupua‘a of Paumalū which was once a self-sustaining ahupua‘a on Oʻahuʻs North Shore. From one pilot program for 2nd and 3rd grade girls in 2014-2015, we are expanding to four other sites this coming school year.


Queen Lili‘uokalani Childrenʻs Center + ʻOhana

Leading with kuleana for our keiki

The Queen Lili‘uokalani Children Center works to fulfill its mission of caring for orphaned and destitute Hawaiian children. This work is guided by Queen Liliʻuokalaniʻs legacy and leadership. Our group project led to the co-creation of the agencyʻs own native model of leadership that will guide future staff training and development.



Center for Asian Pacific American (APA) Women + Whole Person Leadership

Getting to the core of leadership

The Center for APA Women is a national leadership organization and community of support for Asian American and Pacific Island women. Its signature program, the Asian Pacific American Women’s Leadership Institute (APAWLI), is designed with the belief that leadership presence and impact is greatest when we lead from our core.  To date, over one million community members have benefitted from an APAWLI Community Project.  Now, we are working to ensure this program continues by documenting the master program design and planning for successon to clear the space for another generation of leaders to emerge.