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Kawika Kahoilua

Kawika Kahoilua

Board Member

David ‘Kawika’ Kahoilua is a native Hawaiian that believes in the strong brotherhood between Hawaii and its Micronesian neighbors. Kawika owns the Bamboo Grove Hawaiian Grille, one of the top Hawaiian restaurants in Oregon, and a regular supplier of food at our events.

Neil Berl

Neil Berl

Board President

Neil Berl is a financial planner in Stevenson, WA. Neil has been on the Board of Living Islands since the start in 2013 and became Board President in 2015.

 

Tony deBrum

Tony deBrum

Board Member

Tony deBrum is a Marshallese politician and government minister. He was Foreign Minister of the Marshall Islands from 1979 till 1987, 2008 till 2009 and 2014 till 2016.

Brian L. Clem

Brian L. Clem

Board Member

Brian L. Clem is an Oregon Democratic Representative (District 21). Brian has sponsored numerous bills in the Oregon legislature that support the COFA citizens. He and his wife Carol live in Salem their daughter Kohana.

 

Kianna Angelo

Kianna Angelo

Founder, Executive Director, Board Member

Kianna was born in the Republic of Marshall Islands but was adopted and raised in America since her earliest childhood. She has been serving communities since her young years as a youth counselor at summer camps and working with handicapped children, both in Washington State. She has worked with numerous NGOs, ranging from the Brown Bag Food for Homeless programs in both Oregon and Ohio to the American Women’s Club in Copenhagen, Denmark.

She has worked as a Domestic Violence Advocate for the Pierce County DV & Suicide Hotline for three years, as well as functioning a local Domestic Violence Advisor for the Washington State Patrol. Always being a firm supporter of Women’s Rights and Child Protection, she has been a strong supporter and volunteer for the YWCA and shelters in both Tacoma, Washington and Portland, Oregon.

Kianna is often giving time to local sustainability initiatives and has worked several years with Lake Oswego City Sustainability Board as well as the Lake Oswego School Districts Green Team. She also helped facilitate the start of a greenhouse program for local food and education to the children of River Grove Elementary in Lake Oswego.

Kianna is a strong believer in international community work and is a member of the United Nations Association as well as United Nations Women.

In the last decade, Kianna has reconnected with her Marshallese heritage. Continuing her passion for serving communities led to Kianna founding the international 501(c)3 nonprofit Living Islands in 2013 and co-founding the Social Justice Organization COFA Alliance National Network in 2014. She continues to serve as Executive Director for Living Islands and Board President for CANN.

Kianna currently lives in Lake Oswego, Oregon, with her 4 children and Danish husband Jesper.

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  • Clarence Luther / Mayor of Namdrik Atoll

    When I was a boy over 50 years ago, we ate our own fish and grew our own food. We couldn’t rely on the supply ship which only came maybe twice year. But now if the supply ship doesn’t come for three weeks we are worried – what will we do, what will we eat? So I am helping my community become more sustainable through the initiatives we are developing and implementing with help from government and partners.”  

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    Pacific Peoples' Partnership

    We are blown away by the quality of work Living Islands has done to promote Marshallese communities, and we look forward to walking with you in solidarity with Pacific people!

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    Marshallese Proverb

    Drops together make the ocean, and grains of sand together make an island...