Board Member, President: Blane Pomaikai Benevedes
Board Member, Vice President: Diane Paloma
Diane Paloma is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of The King William Charles Lunalilo Trust. As CEO she implements strategic initiatives that extend the reach and impact of Lunalilo Home’s mission to support the well-being of kūpuna. She is the former director of the Native Hawaiian Health Program at The Queen’s Health Systems. She has spent time working for a private physician, HMSA (Blue Cross/Blue Shield Affiliate for Hawaii), the John A. Burns School of Medicine and has been at Queen’s since 2006. She has been a board member of Hui Mauli Ola since 2011.
Board Member, Secretary: Donna-Marie Palakiko
Board Member, Treasurer: Kat Burke
Katherine Burke is a doctoral candidate in the Office of Public Health Studies at University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Her dissertation focus is on interprofessional curriculum development on the social determinants of kānaka ʻōiwi health, allyship through advocacy, social justice and health equity. Previously she worked as volunteer coordinator at Kōkua Kalihi Valley and evaluation specialist for Ho’oulu ʻĀina and Ehuola ‘Ohana Health Program. Originally from Connecticut she has lived on O’ahu since 2004 and is of Greek, French, Irish and Romanche ancestry. She joined the board of Hui Mauli Ola in 2018 and brings with her a love of roots, plant medicine, mud and pulling weeds.
Board Member, Kupuna: Kaipo Kaneakua
Board Member: Radine Kawahine Kamakea-Ohelo
‘Kawahine’ as she is best known became a member to the Hui Mauli Ola Board of Directors in December, 2018. For over three decades she has been involved with social-political-environmental issues impacting Native Hawaiians and her community. Volunteered in serving the Committee of Hawaiian Affairs 1978 Constitutional Convention, chaired by A. Frenchie DeSoto she recalls as an epic moment for establishing and re-affirming the sustainable rights of Native Hawaiians. In 1977 became a member of the Protect Kahoolawe Ohana (PKO) and 1979 along with other PKO members served as trailblazers uncovering cultural historical sites on the island and co-coordinator for Oahu in organizing access to Kaho’olawe island. She became in 1989 a co-founder of the Waimanalo Health Center and assisted in the initial phase of creating the Hau’ula Community Health Center. Also in 1994 was co-founder of the health maintenance organization AlohaCare, Inc. with other community health centers. In 2015 graduated from the University of Hawai’i Manoa with a Masters in Social Work. Kawahine participated in 2016 in the Na’I Aupuni Aha, a convention that would deliberate on self-determination for Native Hawaiians for she believes in the noeau: aʻohe puʻu kiʻekiʻe ke hoʻaʻo ʻia e piʻi, meaning ʻno cliff is so tall it cannot be climbedʻ. Sheʻs employed by RCM, an agency contracted by the state Dept. of Education to provide behavior health services to children with disabilities. She currently resides on Waimanalo Homestead where she raised her eight children.