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 and raised in Mount Dora, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida and moved to Hawaiʻi in the summer of 2009 after she graduated. She attended 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 crew member of Hōkūleʻa and Hikianalia.