Miki Tomita

FOUNDER & Program director

Born and raised on Maui, Miki graduated from HP Baldwin High School, then completed a BSE in Biosystems Engineering at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and a Ph.D. in education at Stanford University. She has worked in education for 15 years as a teacher, administrator, curriculum developer, and researcher. Her work is anchored at the intersections of education and innovation, with a sharp focus on place-based, community-driven collaborative education that puts youth at the center of transforming society’s greatest challenges into opportunities for learning and invention. Miki is the Education Director for the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the voyages of Hōkūleʻa, and the Program Director for Education Incubator's Moonshot Laboratory Hawaiʻi -- through both, she helps to advocate for the healing power of place-based wisdom and compassion combined with horizon technologies to empower our young people and communities to navigate our world to a better destination.


Hye Jung Kim

Community Innovation Coordinator

Hye Jung Kim was born in South Korea and raised in Mount Dora, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida. Hye Jung moved to Hawaiʻi in the summer of 2009 after she graduated from the University of Central Florida to attend the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa where she earned her masters degree in mathematics. As a National Science Foundation GK-12 fellow, she partnered with Noelani Elementary in Mānoa and the Akaʻula School on Molokaʻi and worked as the mathematics specialist. Since then, Hye Jung has teaching experience at the University Laboratory School, University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu, Kapiolani Community College, and ʻIolani School with students ranging from fifth graders to college students. She is a volunteer advisor of the Nā Kelamoku, Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Youth Leadership Initiative and a crew member of Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia.


Maggie Pulver

Program Specialist

Maggie Pulver has lived, learned and taught in Hawai'i for the last 13 years.   She first moved to O'ahu in 2005, after graduating from the University of Vermont, to pursue a Master's of Science at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.  After receiving her MS, Maggie went on to teach at Ho'ala, a small independent school focused on both social and emotional learning, as well as project and place based learning.  There she developed integrated curriculum rooted in culture, interwoven with community, and adaptable to the individual passions of students.  Maggie is currently a doctoral student in Communications and Information Sciences at UH Mānoa.  Her research focuses on Social Informatics and Community Engagement, specifically looking at how to create networked learning communities that exist in both off-line and on-line settings.