Evy Braum, 'Āina Education Specialist
Evy returns to Mālama Learning Center after completing her Master's degree from the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, Natural Resources and Environmental Management program. We first met Evy as a Kupu Americorps environmental education intern as she worked with Jeremy Soriano in his biology classes. She then taught biology at Kapolei High for one year before returning to college to earn her graduate degree. Now, Evy expands our efforts in 'āina education, working with new audiences of students and teachers as well as helping to facilitate growth of our Ola Nā Kini education program. We're so happy to welcome Evy back!
Kelsie Uehara, Community Engagement Coordinator
We're excited to welcome our former Kupu CLDP member Kelsie onto our staff where she will be working as the Community Engagement Coordinator! Kelsie was born and raised in Kapolei, is a graduate of Kapolei High School and has a degree in Environmental Studies from Chaminade
University. She is eager to learn, network, and connect with Hawai'i on a deeper level during her
time at MLC. Kelsie is an avid lover of the outdoors and being in nature and enjoys road trips, car
camping, photography, and plants. In this new position, Kelsie will work to build pilina with
community members, create a robust volunteer program, and engage people through various
Kristine Aiko Kawakami, Nursery and Restoration Technician
Aiko joined Mālama Learning Center in Fall 2020, building upon her love for growing plants and teaching. Aiko spent many formative years at Windward Community College as a student, tutor, and student instructor. She completed the Agripharmatech program, receiving certificates in Ethnopharmacognosy, plant phytobiology technology, and plant food production. Through mentorship from Dr. Teena Michael, her love of native plants was rekindled. She says, "I am thankful and honored to have the opportunity to be a part of the Mālama Learning center, and all that they are able to organize and accomplish for West O'ahu. I hope to incorporate some of the fun biomedicinal products I've learned how to make from agripharmatech and personal research over the years. I hope to continue aiding in efforts to excite and cultivate a new generation of sustainable and culturally rich stewards. Science is AMAZING!!!"