Miki‘ala Lidstone
Executive Director

Miki‘ala M. Lidstone is the president and chief staff person of Ulu A‘e. Her experiences as a high school teacher and as a kumu hula in the rapidly growing community of Kapolei have lead her to develop programs and curriculum that help participants develop a sense of place and belonging. She believes strongly in place-based education and believes that all keiki and youth should have endless opportunities to grow their relationship to ‘āina (land). Miki‘ala also spearheads efforts to steward and bring awareness to Pu‘uokapolei.

Keanu Scheer
Program Coordinator and Lead Instructor

Keanu Scheer was born and raised in Kapolei, O‘ahu. As a graduate and student in Kapolei High School’s Ho‘ōla Academy, Keanu developed a passion for natural sciences and sustainability initiatives. He enjoys weaving lauhala, dancing hula and learning about kapa. “I love that working at Ulu A‘e aligns with my interests,” says Keanu. “I love being part of traditions.” His hope is that the students he works with pass on what they learn. Keanu continues to strengthen his skills in teaching and aspires to become a master practitioner. Keanu is a certified lifeguard.

Kamaka Cardines
Lead Instructor, Program Specialist

Kamaka Cardines was born and raised in Nānākuli, O‘ahu. Kamaka comes from a long line of hunters and knows the landscape and stories of our forests. Through his work at Ulu A‘e, he has expanded his knowledge of mo ‘olelo (stories) and native Hawaiian practices. His goal is to be a practitioner of sustainability by empowering communities to care for our land and engage in daily practices that feed both body and mind. Kamaka is a certified hunter and lifeguard.

Kaʻike Akau
Program Assistant

Ka‘ike was born and raised in ‘Ewa, O‘ahu. She currently attends UH West O‘ahu and is working towards a BA in Business Administration. She discovered a joy for teaching and a curiosity for entrepreneurship when she began working at Ulu A‘e. Her goal is to start her own business with a focus on sustainability.

Shania Silva
Program Assistant

Shania was born and raised in Wai‘anae, O‘ahu. She currently attends UH Mānoa and aspires to be an educator in ʻIke Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Studies) and ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language) that serves the West Oʻahu community. Shania is an alaka‘i (leader) with Nā Pua O Kekoʻolani. She sings and plays ‘ukulele and is certified in First Aid and CPR.

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