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Maui Professor Selected for 2018 Omidyar Fellows Program

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Kapa Oliveira, a professor at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa from Waiohuli, Maui has been selected for the 2018 Omidyar Fellowship Program. The program seeks to cultivate the conditions in which Hawai‘i thrives by equipping mid-career leaders with the skills and cross-sector relationships necessary to collectively affect societal change. The individuals were selected based on their accomplishments and their motivation and ability to make transformative change happen in Hawai‘i.

“Each cohort of the Omidyar Fellows has grown together to create a community of leaders who work collaboratively to improve the future of our state, both in the program and beyond as they join the Forum of Fellows,” said Bill Coy, director of Omidyar Fellows. “I am pleased to welcome this inspiring group of leaders to the Omidyar Fellows as they embark on this journey.”

The 2018 cohort includes the following local leaders:

Gabe Amey (Kailua, Oahu), founder and president, Hawai‘i VA Loans
Stuart Coleman (Diamond Head, Oahu), Hawaiian Islands regional manager, The Surfrider Foundation
Brent Kakesako (Kakaako, Oahu), executive director, Hawai‘i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development
Chris Lee (Nuuanu, Oahu), vice president, Popeyes Hawai‘i
Aki Marceau (Kaimuki, Oahu), director of policy and community, Hawai‘i, Elemental Excelerator
Amy Marvin (Nuuanu, Oahu), senior vice president and chief operating officer, Bishop Museum
Jeff Mikulina (Manoa, Oahu), chief executive officer, Blue Planet Foundation
Kapa Oliveira (Waiohuli, Maui), professor, University of Hawai‘i at Manoa
Tammi Oyadomari-Chun (Aina Haina, Oahu), academic program officer, University of Hawai‘i, Office of the Vice President for Community Colleges
Mahina Paishon-Duarte (Holualoa, Hawaii Island), head of school, Kanu o ka Aina Public Charter School
Stephanie Shipton (Kaneohe, Oahu), co-founder, Education Incubator
Karen Tan (Ewa Beach, Oahu) president and chief executive officer, Child and Family Service
Ben Trevino (Ala Moana, Oahu), sustainability planner, Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation
Quinn Vittum (Maunalani Heights, Oahu), executive director, Re-use Hawai‘i
George Yarbrough (Palolo, Oahu), co-founder, Impact Hub Honolulu


Cohort VI commences in Oct. 2018 with 15-months of structured curriculum, which includes one full-day session each month, executive coaching, conversations with community, business, and government leaders and more. After the curriculum portion concludes, the cohort becomes fully engaged in the Forum of Fellows, an active network of 70 cross-sector leaders and change makers, all of whom are dedicated to making positive movement on Hawai‘i’s most pressing issues.

The Omidyar Fellows, a program of the Hawai‘i Leadership Forum, launched in 2012 with 13 fellows in its inaugural year. For additional information about Omidyar Fellows, visit 





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