Mervin “Uncle Merv” Dudoit was born and raised on the island of Molokai. For over 50 years, he has fished the ocean and tidal flats around the island, handling all manner of boats, gear, and weather. He worked as a commercial diver for 18 years. Uncle Merv’s homestead land abuts Ali’i Fishpond. He is personally dedicated to restoring the fishpond – singlehandedly if he must. He is equally dedicated to involving people from all walks of life in fishpond restoration and aquaculture skills, especially local Hawaiian youth. He has worked with hundreds of volunteers over the years, and inspires virtually all of them to return. Uncle Merv serves as Vice President of Ka Honua Momona’s Board, and the primary taskmaster for workday events.
He was honored in April 2010 with a “Malama I Ke Kai “ (Take care of the Sea) award, recognized by a Maui-based marine restoration collective for his work with Ka Honu Momona and with Molokai’s youth. He is also the Aha Kiole’s (Hawaiian traditional leadership model now recognized by the state of Hawaii) elected moku (traditional Hawaiian boundary marker) representative for Kaunakakai – the largest population moku on the island of Molokai. Uncle Merv is one of the cornerstones of our organization. He has been an active participant in all matters pertaining to KHM since it’s conception in 2003.