Dr. Rachel Seabury Sprague is the Director of Conservation for Pūlama Lānaʻi, which owns and manages 98% of the island of Lānaʻi for its major private landowner. Rachel earned her B.A. at Bowdoin College, and her Ph.D.from the University of Montana, focusing on physiology and behavior of Laysan albatross.
For nearly two decades, Rachel has been working wtih coastal and island wildlife, as a researcher on seabirds from the Bay of Fundy in Canada to the main and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands, as a leader of a release program for captive-bred endangered birds on California’s Channel Islands, and by serving as the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Coordinator with NOAA Fisheries. She moved to Lānaʻi in 2016 to help build Pūlama Lānaʻi’s wildlife and habitat conservation programs. Rachel is a past president and current member of the board of directors for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society, as well as a boardmember for the Hawaiʻi Chapter of The Wildlife Society, and advisor to the Hawaiʻi Marine Mammal Alliance.
Steven Lee Mongomery, Ph.D.
Steven Lee Montgomery has been active in conservation issues in Hawai‘i since 1970, especially with CCH. As a field biologist and expert on Hawaiian entomology, he has discovered approximately 30 previously unknown insects and plants, including “killer” caterpillars, happyface spiders, and the wēkiu bug. His work has been featured in National Geographic and Hana Hou, and he uses knowledge of Hawaiian forest life to lead hikes and help CCH edit and publish wildlife education posters.
Steve served as vice-chair of the Hawai‘i Land Use Commission and as a director of the National Wildlife Federation. He also served on NWF’s International Committee, which prepared him to lead the push to host the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Honolulu in 2016.
Ms. Leialoha’s career in natural resource management began when she was in high school at Kamehameha Schools in the mid-1970s. The young Julie loved the outdoors, and became committed to environmental protection. She hoped to earn a living hiking, camping, and surfing in isolated locations, but her parents and counselors soon explained that was not possible. Julie attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, for the next best thing – to study marine biology, focusing on identification of marine invertebrates. All life begins with the tiniest of creatures, and Julie became fascinated with the thousands of different types of organisms that inhabit our oceans.
Upon completing her science degree Ms. Leialoha was recruited by NOAA Endangered Marine Mammals Program in Honolulu, where she ventured to Laysan Atoll and French Frigate Shoals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands long before they were designated as the PapahÄnaumokuÄkea Marine National Monument. There she worked on recovering the critically endangered Hawaiian monk seal, a conservation imperative she continues to support to this day.
In 1974, Robin and his wife moved to Lānaʻi to document a threatened lifestyle as the island was facing a transition from a pineapple plantation economy to resort development. As a result of that effort, he published a photographic documentary called Lanai Folks. a University of Hawaii publication now available at the Lana’i Culture and Heritage Center. Shortly thereafter, Robin began a career in the arts and nonprofit sectors, working for the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, the California Arts Council, the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, and the Pittsburgh Cultural Trust. In 1992, he and a partner launched the management consulting firm of Dewey & Kaye, Inc. (DKI), which worked with nonprofit organizations, foundations and government agencies. Robin’s work involved board development, long range planning, and executive searches for foundation program staff and nonprofit executive directors. Robin was one of the original founders of the Lanai Limu Restoration Project, and currently serves as spokesperson for Friends of Lanaʻi. Today, he serves as the Lana’i representative on the Environmental Council, under the Hawaii State Office of Environmental Quality Control.
Bianca Kai Isaki, Ph.D., Esq.
Bianca has previously served as a board member and treasurer for the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i. She has published on the intersections between settler colonialism, natural resource exploitation, conservation efforts, and houselessness in Hawai‘i. Through her legal research corporation, she works on environmental and Hawaiian land rights issues including the protection of iwi kupuna from sand mining and ensuring environmental review of public land dispositions. She also serves on the board of KAHEA: The Hawaiian-Environmental Alliance and teaches women’s studies at the University of Hawai‘i.
Sunshine Woodford is a long-time member and volunteer for the Conservation Council for Hawaii. One of her favorite experiences is volunteering with a CCH crew at Hakalau, where she pulled invasive plants such as Banana Coca and Himalayan Raspberry as well as collected native seeds. A real estate agent based on the Big Island, Sunshine grew up in Kailua and graduated from Kalaheo High School. She earned her B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and an MBA from the University of Phoenix. Sunshine was a Contract Specialist at Volcanoes National Park for seven years, where she lead acquisition and procurement for national parks across the Pacific. Sunshine loves exploring and hiking across the Hawaiian Islands and has hiked and kayaked the Na Pali Coast many times. She lives in Puna with her boyfriend Brandon, Rottweiler Lani, and 2-month old Arianna with whom she shares her love of nature and conservation.
Lisa Hinano Rey
Lisa Hinano Rey first learned about CCH while working as a policy advocate with Marjorie Ziegler on the Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii from 2008 to 2018. Hinano joined the board of directors in 2017 after serving as a volunteer at numerous CCH outreach events.
Hinano holds a M.S in Sustainable Management and a B.S. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management with a focus on policy and cultural resource management. She grew up in beautiful Kaneohe, where she attended Kaneohe Elementary, and King Intermediate before leaving the islands to complete High school in San Francisco. She later returned home to Oahu and raised her two daughters, both now alumni of UH Manoa.
Hinano’s interests include addressing sustainable land use in island settings, watershed management, integrated environmental management, culturally responsive natural resource management, carbon sequestration, tropical agroforestry and native tropical dryland reforestation. Important influences in her life include time she spent living on traditionally managed farmlands on Tahiti island, Moorea and Raiatea in French Polynesia, eating a traditional island diet and learning to care for the land from her Tahitian elders.