Awaiaulu: Hawaiian Literature Project
Awaiaulu Board of Directors 2012
Oswald Stender – President
(2004-present) is a trustee-at-large for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, where he is currently chair of the Committee on Asset and Resource Management. He serves on the boards of numerous agencies and community nonprofits, including Hawaiian Electric Industries, Grace Pacific Corporation, Mutual Housing Association, Pacific Housing Alliance, Lili‘uokalani Trust, and ‘Iolani Palace.
Gaylord Wilcox - Vice President
(2004-present) worked for Grosvenor International, owned Editions Limited Publishing Company, specializing in Hawaiian cultural and historical publications and is the owner and developer of Hanalei Center. He now serves on boards for the Bishop Museum, Mid-Pacific Institute and the Waioli Corp.
John Marrack - Treasurer
(2004-present) is a retired audit partner of the international accounting firm, Deloitte and Touche, LLP. He continues to provide consulting services, volunteers his time and expertise to many nonprofits in Hawai‘i, and is a gold-medal tennis player.
Marti Steele - Secretary
(2006-present) is the General Partner of Steele Family Limited Partners & is President of the Dwayne & Marti Steele Investment Co. She is a board member for Saint Andrew's Priory and Awaiaulu, and is also a member of the Hawai‘i Asia Pacific Association. She is an active volunteer for a number of non-profit community groups in Hawai‘i.
(2011-present) a former lifeguard and retired Deputy Fire Chief of the Honolulu Fire Department, is the author of nine books on Hawai‘i’s places and culture. Self-employed as a shoreline planning consultant, he serves on the Hawaiian Historical Society board (past president) and is the editor of The Hawaiian Journal of History.
Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham
(2011-present) a professor and indigenous scholar, is the Dean of Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. She is the author of multiple books, articles, and monographs focused on engaged, collective leadership, indigenous education policy and practice, and social justice.
(2011-present) retired as CEO of Maui Petroleum, has been a Regent for the University of Hawai‘i and serves for many Maui organizations, including Seabury Hall, Maui Arts and Cultural Center, and the Maui Rotary Club. He has received numerous awards for his community and business leadership.
Wayne M. Pitluck
(2013-present) was the founding partner of the Honolulu law firm of Pitluck Kido & Aipa. He is a founding director of Hau‘oli Mau Loa Foundation, providing grants to benefit Hawai‘i’s disadvantaged children and sustain its environment. He is associated with programs to preserve Hawaiian music and culture, and serves on the Dean’s Circle of Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.
Awaiaulu Staff and Volunteers 2012
Puakea Nogelmeier – Executive Director
(2004-present) is a Professor of Hawaiian Language at the University of Hawai‘i, where he has taught Hawaiian language courses for almost thirty years.
Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit – Project Director, ‘Ike Kū‘oko‘a
(2011-present) has been the Director of Ho‘olaupa‘i, the Hawaiian Newspaper project, since its inception in 2002.
James Matsuzaki – Technology Lead
(2011-present) has been a private computer technology consultant for over a decade, working with government and private sector projects.
Dave Graham – Technology Specialist
(2011-present) is a computer programmer who specializes in data security and is NOAA's Data Manager for Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument.