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.


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


Loa Simoes

Council Member

Traditional dancer & Ambassador of Aloha



Dorothy Gonzales

Council Member

Grandmother, caretaker & supportive friend of the council. 



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


Tiana Brennan

Council Member

Veteran, military wife, & UH student stationed to Hawaii with her family in 2017. Coordinates volunteers, education, and keiki crafts booth for Powwow.



Loren Holly

Council Member

Owner & Chef of Kimo's Akamai Catering, serving community needs through his culinary expertise and aloha (love) for the indigenous people of Hawaii.

Ikaika Kristian ʻEleu Anderson

Council Member

Local photographer and longtime supporter of the Council

Kanaka Maoli, Japanese, German, Swedish

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Lisa Leilani Kaʻanoʻi

Council Member Advisor

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

Yuit (Sivuqaq Yupik) &

Kanaka Maoli/Hawaiian