Ka Honua Momona, Intl.

A model of sustainability mauka a makai

Noelani Yamashita – Wa`a Leadership Team


Noelani Lee Yamashita has served as Ka Honu Momona’s Executive Director since 2005. Noelani holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Princeton University, and an M.A. in Pacific Islands Studies from the University of Hawai‘i, Manoa. Noelani was a member of the 2002 South Pacific Island Council of Leaders; a 2005 Pacific American Emerging Leader; a 2005 Weinberg Fellow; a 2007/8 Kamehameha Schools Fellow; and a member of the 2009 Women Leading Change. In addition (and perhaps most importantly), she has mobilized scores of Molokai community members—and brought thousands of volunteers and youth to Molokai—to learn about ancient fish ponds, listen to the kupuna, and then roll up their sleeves and Malama ‘Aina!