Meet the Council

Since our founding in 2000, OIC continues the legacies of our founding mothers. We’re proud of the diversity of our staff and their own unique experiences, skills, and strengths contributing to our success. Find out more below.

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Lisa Leilani Kaʻanoʻi
Council Member

Longtime advocate in the Hawaiian non-profit industry and newly elected leader of the Council

Yuit (Sivuqaq Yupik) &

Kanaka Maoli/Hawaiian


Loa Simoes
Council Member

Traditional dancer & Ambassador of Aloha



Meali'i (Mae) Prieto
Council Member 

Daughter of our founding mothers whose family has been active since the early 70s.

Jiwere-Nut’achi/Otoe-Missouria & Kanaka Maoli/Hawaiian


Tom & Pauline
Council Members

Long-time retired residents & active supporters of powwow operations & educational events for over 10 years.

Friends of Creek & Colorado River Indian Tribal members/ Arizona Tribal relations


Ikaika Kristian ʻEleu Anderson
Council Member

Local photographer and longtime supporter of the Council

Kanaka Maoli, Japanese, German, Swedish


Virginia Timentwa
Council Member

 A proud mother of 5 boys with strong ancestral ties to family back home. Happy to live in Hawaii and learn about their indigenous cultural values.

Colville Confederated Tribes.