The following directors were elected to the Board for three-year terms at our Annual Meeting on November 7, 2020.
Pat was re-elected to the board after completing her first three-year term. She currently serves as the Treasurer and has led or participated in a number of Garden committees and projects. Pat and her husband own a farm in Captain Cook where they grow coffee, cacoa and citrus. Pat feels the responsibility to be a good steward of the land and place where she is honored to live. A love of living museums was instilled through volunteering for many years at the Denver Botanic Gardens and now working for the future of Amy B.H. Greenwell Ethnobotanical Garden is a passion. Pat has lived all over the world and was first introduced to the Hawaiian Islands as a child when she was living in Saipan and Kwajalein. She previously worked in corporate America in human resources and is a graduate of Indiana University.
In 2018 Lou and his partner permanently relocated to their Ka’awaloa Trail Farm in Captain Cook. Lou is a farmer, consultant, and freelance researcher. He has a Master of International Affairs degree in Environmental Policy Studies from Columbia Univ. with a certificate in Conservation Biology from the Center for Environmental Research and Conservation. His doctorate is from City University of New York through a joint program with New York Botanical Garden, where he was based at the Institute for Economic Botany. Lou is an Associate of the Center for International Forestry Research; an Advisory Committee member of People and Plants International; and a Society for Ecological Restoration-certified ecological restoration practitioner. His main interest is people-centered restoration of productive landscapes thru agroforestry, assisted natural regeneration, and managed ecological succession. He has done research in Peruvian Amazonia, Africa, and China. In 2019 Lou and his partner were named “Cooperator of the Year” by the Kona Soil and Water District for the restoration work of their farm’s flora and soil with support from USDA NRCS and family and friends.
Marcia grew up in Kona on Moku o Keawe with a childhood full of island-style activities (ocean swimming, body boarding, fishing, surfing, hula, camping, hiking, and exploring our natural island environment), all of which shaped her reverence for nature and respect for island cultural diversity. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UH Mānoa. Marcia has been a lecturer at UH Hilo Art Dept.; Manager for a Contemporary Arts and Crafts Gallery; a grant writer for several non-profits; stage Manager, Events Planner, and Coordinator for cultural, arts, performance, and environmental projects; President of the Big Island Dance Council; a Resource Instructor in the SFCA Artists-in-the Schools Program; Museum Assistant at the Lyman House Museum; former Executive Director of the East Hawai’i Cultural Center, and a practicing artist and performer. As an Events Planner on the Big Island, Marcia has developed programs implementing Hawaiian culture and practices. During her tenure at the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, Marcia developed and managed HMH’s signature Hawaiian music series. Several of her stories have been featured in the Hawai’i Island magazine, Ke Ola: https://keolamagazine.com/category/writers/marcia-timboy/
Kanani was born in Kona, attended Konawaena High, and grew up playing under the bleachers at Greenwell Park. She spent much of her childhood on her Grandpa’s coffee, macadamia nut, vegetable, and anthurium farm, where she learned mālama ‘āina. Her father ran a glass-bottom boat in Kailua Bay, where she grew a deep love and respect for the ocean and its biodiversity. Kanani and her husband just celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary. They have 6 children between the ages of 14 and 29, and they are the sixth generation paniolo on Wall Ranch. Kanani is a Counselor with Kamehameha Scholars Program and a Learning Success Coach with the Kamehameha Schools Kāpalama Campus supporting distance learners. She received a BA in Education from the University of the Pacific and a Master of Education from UH Mānoa in Curriculum Studies. She has worked as an elementary school teacher and as school administrative staff, as well as in community education. She has spent time in the Garden as an educator with groups that she brought, as well as a volunteer with an afterschool group known as Hua o Ke Ao.
Words by Marie Morin, Pat Todd, Lou Putzel, Marcia Timboy and Kanani Wall