Mr. Mackey grew up in the Hawaiian islands, mostly on Oahu. In high school, he was good-naturedly given the nickname “haupia” -which is a coconut dessert – due to his pale skin and blonde hair. Like many kids in Hawaii, Mr. Mackey left for the mainland, but eventually the pull of the islands brought him home in 2006. He and his wife, Keri Zacher, have volunteered for Ka Honua Momona since 2006. With his wife, Mr. Mackey serves as a high school senior project advisor. He leads KHM’s work on native limu restoration, and helps with water quality sampling and volunteer coordination. Mr. Mackey brings over 30 years of experience working with kids as a middle school and high school teacher and football coach to his volunteer work. He also brings his professional expertise as a union negotiator and organizer. Mr. Mackey received a BA in English from Tufts University in 1967, and an MA in Teaching Composition from the University of New Hampshire in 1986. He served as a United States Navy Commissioned Officer from 1967-1972.