About Us


Awaiaulu: Hawaiian Literature Project
Awaiaulu Board of Directors 2017



John Clark – President
(Director, 2011-2016, President, 2017-present) a former lifeguard and retired Deputy Fire Chief of the Honolulu Fire Department, is the author of a dozen 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.


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 has been 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.


Maenette K.P. Ah Nee-Benham
(2011-present) a professor and indigenous scholar, the inaugural Dean of Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Maenette is now the Chancellor of UH West Oʻahu. She is the author of multiple books, articles, and monographs focused on engaged, collective leadership, indigenous education policy and practice, and social justice.


Jimmy Haynes
(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.


Neil Hannahs
(2017-present) In 2016, Neil J. Kahoʻokele Hannahs concluded over 41 years of service to the Kamehameha Schools and launched Hoʻokele Strategies LLC, a consulting enterprise to engage inspiring wayfinders in building a thriving society. A graduate of Kamehameha Schools with BA and MA degrees from Stanford University, he serves on the State of Hawaiʻi Commission on Water Resources Management and boards of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, MAʻO Organic Farms, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Aloha Kuamoʻo ʻĀina and Awaiaulu.


Aaron Salā


Oswald Stender – Director Emeritus
(2004-2017, President, 2017-present, Director Emeritus) was a trustee-at-large for the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, where he was chair of the Committee on Asset and Resource Management. He has served 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.

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 over thirty years.


Kau‘i Sai-Dudoit – Projects Director, ‘Ike Kū‘oko‘a
(2011-present) has been the Director of Ho‘olaupa‘i, the Hawaiian Newspaper project, since its inception in 2002.


Kalikoaloha Martin - Resource Specialist
(2014-Present) has an MA in Hawaiian language and works on various projects of Awaiaulu.


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.




Awaiaulu was established and developed with the financial support of philanthropic trusts and private individuals in Hawai'i. The organization has recently begun to receive income from its own publications, but until stable funding from books and services becomes a reality, Awaiaulu must rely on donated funds for the resource development and training that it pursues. We are hopeful that the larger community will embrace these efforts, and we ask you to consider being a part of Awaiaulu's mission by donating funds to this endeavor.

A donation to Awaiaulu serves the community in two ways, developing both literary and human resources:

1. Funds are exclusively dedicated to the preparation and publication of Hawaiian-language resources for bilingual audiences today.
2. In bringing these texts to completion, new specialists are trained in translation, editing and the field of publication.

As a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, all donations to Awaiaulu are completely tax-deductible.


Offer Services and Ideas. If you would like to support Awaiaulu in a manner other than direct donation, we welcome skills, services or assistance that foster Awaiaulu projects. If you have recommendations about a particular text or field of study to pursue, or wish to share feedback about things we can improve on, we would like to know what you think.


ʻIke Kūʻokoʻa was successfully completed on Nov. 28 2012, and the files are being loaded up onto the web for free access through the following websites.  Awaiaulu and the ʻIke Kūʻokoʻa team extend a sincere mahalo! to all of those who made this possible through their participation and support.  


Aloha nō,

Office of Hawaiian Affairs

Alu Like Inc.
Hale Kuamo'o
Bishop Museum