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Miki Tomita

FOUNDER & Chief executive officer

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 20 years as a teacher, administrator, curriculum developer, and researcher, working to create opportunities for positive change for our planet and people, through her time at UH Mānoa’s College of Tropical Agriculture, Pacific American Foundation, Hawaiʻi School Peace Gardens, Hawaiʻi Public Charter School Network, Janus Group, Hawaiʻi Pacific Parks Association, most recently as the Education Director at Polynesian Voyaging Society for the Mālama Honua Worldwide Voyage of Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia, and for a decade as a mother to her daughter Mayumi.

Her work is anchored at the intersections of education and innovation, with a sharp focus on placing youth at the center of transforming society’s greatest challenges into opportunities for learning, innovation and reinvention of a healthy, abundant world. 

 
 

Hye Jung Kim

Chief operating officer

Hye Jung Kim was born in South Korea, raised in Mount Dora, Florida, and now lives in Hawaiʻi. Before switching over to her current position, she worked with youth in public, charter, and independent K-12 schools including Akaʻula School, ‘Iolani School, and University Laboratory School. She also worked at the University of Hawaiʻi West Oʻahu and Kapiolani Community College. Hye Jung is a volunteer crew member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and has led Nā Kelamoku youth group. Upon graduating from the University of Central Florida, she attended the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa for her masters degree in mathematics. She served as a fellow at the National Science Foundation’s GK-12 program.

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