Tuesday, October 6 Scott Laaback, Co-founding board member and President of Center for Getting Things Started. A regenerative land systems designer, farm-to-table chef, and organizer who works to create regenerative culture and landscapes. He brings wildland firefighting experience, restaurant and farm work, pop-up farm-to-table event production, design, installation and maintenance of regenerative landscapes and any and all sustainability design projects.
Tuesday, October 13 Brent Norris, life-long designer and learner will discuss how smart design and planning can move Hawaiʻi toward a sustainable future. Brent has years of digital design experience and a command of IT. Brent helps implement Puna’s Community Development Plan and serves on the PCDP Action Committee, Junior Achievement, and brings light to new ideas as a TEDx Mentor. He earned the Webmaster of the Year award in 2009. As Co-Founder of Green Collar Technologies earned the Small Business Administration’s “Home Based Business Champion of the Year” for the State and County of Hawaiʻi. Brent currently lives off-the-grid in a self-built treehouse and re-imagines sustainable living in a native 'ōhi'a lehua forest on Big Island.
Tuesday, October 20 Hannah Shipman, Community Outreach Director at Blue Planet Foundation. Hannah will discuss the foundation and their efforts to help Hawai'i transition to 100% clean energy. She will offer actionable information on how to be more energy-efficient as efficiency is our cheapest and cleanest energy resource. Especially during COVID, with an increase in time spent at home, reducing energy bills is top of mind.
Tuesday, October 27 Keliʻi Akina, Ph.D. Dr. Akina is a Trustee-at-Large in the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, a statewide elective position. He is also President/CEO of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, a public policy research institution dedicated to the principles of individual liberty, free markets and limited, accountable government. Dr. Akina believes that "It's time to reform OHA" so that it becomes a driving force in preserving the Aloha Spirit and advancing Hawaiians through housing, education, healthcare, and economic prosperity.