We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our communities through healing-centered programs rooted in expressive arts and culture.
SIERRA DEW - Programs Director
Sierra Dew is the Founder and Director of Wisdom Circles Oceania. She is a mother, artist, and community worker with over 20 years of experience in teaching, collaborative healing work and design. She was born on Maui and raised in her family grocery store, Mana Foods, in Pāʻia where her passion for community and health was inspired from a young age. She is especially passionate about creative youth development and cultivating hopeful, resilient futures for young people. Since 2010, sheʻs provided arts programming across numerous community organizations and mentorship for women and youth in Hawaiʻi. After experiencing how burnout affects those working in service professions, the lack of arts programs to inspire young people, and the lack of trauma-informed services available, she decided to found Wisdom Circles Oceania. This organization offers healing-centered creative opportunities to help people reach their potential and create healthy, thriving communities.
TIARE KAʻŌLELOPONO - Hui Facilitator
Tiare Ka’ōlelopono is the owner and designer of All Things Maoli Co., a social enterprise business based in Kāne’ohe, O’ahu, creating maoli wearable art and home goods out of invasive woods. A portion of their profits is dedicated to rebuilding Hale Peʻa in Hawai’i by supporting families to reclaim first menstruation ancestral rites of passage, and empowering young women through their kohopuna. She is an aloha ‘āina, mother, grandmother and selenophile with 15 years of experience in moon syncing, menstrual tracking and wāhine group facilitation. Her experiences as the group facilitator with ʻOnipaʻa Nā Hui Kalo, Waiheʻe Poi Farms, Hina Mauka, and DVACʻs Hoʻoikaika ʻOhana and PIKO programs inspired her to create a womenʻs group in Hawaiʻi. In 2019, Tiare started a Hui Hale Peʻa, which is a co-op of women learning and teaching each other about the healing influence of kilo mahina in our daily lives.
KODA DAILY - Youth Leader
Koda is an Egyptian-Ethiopian/Filipino transgender man who was blessed to be raised and reside on Oahu. He is a musician and a lover at heart but is widely known for his presence within environmental and anti-racism activism in Hawaii. Moments after graduating from Castle High School in 2021, Koda became heavily immersed in protecting the ocean and has been committed to It ever since. He says:"I realized that we learned to multiply and forgot how to count. We're so busy with trying to accomplish a degree, money, and status, that we simply forgot how significant humans already are by just being. We forgot that the oceans give us air to breathe. The soil gives us fruit to eat. Spirit gives us the Light to shine. But apparently we want more."
He hopes to support others through Wisdom Circles to realize their true beauty, strength and infinite potential. For the highest good of humanity.
SARAH-LEE CHUN - Program and Admin Assistant
Sarah-Lee Chun is a self-taught artist and Chinese adoptee raised on Oʻahu. She has gathered a wide range of organizational and administrative skills from past professional experiences as a technical writer, new hire trainer, data entry clerk, and administrative assistant in other organizations. Prior to supporting the mission and vision of Wisdom Circles Oceania, Sarah-Lee worked in the local commercial art industry as a production assistant and studio manager, utilizing her creative capabilities with administrative responsibilities. She continues to pursue what it means to be an artist in expansive and collaborative ways.
LAULANI TEALE - Advisor
Laulani Teale is the Coordinator of Hoʻopae Peace Project. She is an indigenous peacemaker, activist, musician, teacher, artist and writer culturally trained in laʻau lapaʻau (traditional herbalism) and hoʻoponopono (traditional peace-making), who specializes in health issues related to activism and colonization. She has been a front-line activist in major kanaka struggles and serves the kanaka movement in many capacities. She holds a Master’s degree in Community Health Development and Education from the University of Hawaiʻi School of Public Health.
BILL REZENTES, Ph.D - Advisor
Dr. Rezentes is a community-based Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu with over 30 years of experience. He currently provides individual and group facilitation in Hawaiian Psychology for therapists and community groups to promote culturally appropriate and relevant understanding of Indigenous Hawaiian culture and traditional Hawaiian cultural healing practices. Dr. Rezentes focuses on spiritually-based and culturally relevant training and healing in addition to bridging the real and perceived stigma associated with mental health and related healing. As the author of Ka Lama Kukui - Hawaiian Psychology: An Introduction, a valuable resource that discusses a blend of Hawaiian and western theories, values, therapies, and practices, he strives to share his ʻike with others.
LIKO MARTIN - Advisor
Liko Martin is a respected kupuna (elder) of Hawaiʻi and a renowned songwriter and traditional bard who uses music and storytelling for peace, healing, and the protection of sacred places. He is a 49-year veteran of the nonviolent movement for Kanaka rights and restoration, and one of the early forces of the "Hawaiian Renaissance" of the 1970's. He is skilled in the traditional arts of farming and land caretaking, fishing, use of herbal medicines, and peacebuilding. Learn more about Liko at likomartin.org.
ALICIA YANG - Board Member
Alicia Yang is a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Olanani AcuOasis. She is dedicated to personal and collective healing that reconnects communities with traditional and earth-centered practices that promote balance and holism. For 15 years, in the Bay Area, California, Alicia worked to cultivate youth-initiated and youth-led organizations for social justice, supporting young people in fighting against racism in education, the criminal justice system, violence in low-income communities of color, and creating curriculum to support healing from oppressive systems. Upon moving to Hawaiʻi in 2008, Alicia began her studies in acupuncture, while working at the Hawaiʻi State Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In addition to a Master's in Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, she has a Master's in Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education and a B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California, Berkeley.
KRISTINA JENKINS - Board Member
Kristina Jenkins has worked in the non-profit community in Hawai‘i for 15 years, specializing in grants and fund development, strategic planning, and collaborative team building. Born and raised in Ko‘olaupoko, O‘ahu, Kristina has dedicated her career to supporting creative, community-minded organizations through her work as a consultant and non-profit administrator. In her current role as a program manager for The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Kristina finds way too much joy in getting a detailed budget to work out just right on a spreadsheet. She also loves gardening, drawing, spending time at home with her husband and two sons, and dancing hula.
MARISSA ABADIR - Board Member
Marissa Alexis Ferrell Abadir is a multi-faceted caregiver, creative luminary + community resource weaver who hails from multiple lineages of water people, scholars, advocates, visionaries and peace-builders. An Xennial born and raised in the occupied Yelamu Ohlone Territory (Northern California), she is currently living in Kalihi Valley. Presently, she is a Community Arts Manager, Principal Consultant at Kala Roots, an independent holistic arts practice and a makua (parent) elementary educator-in-training to her three keiki via Mālama Honua Public Charter School. Marissa holds a Bachelor of the Arts from University of California at Santa Barbara in Sociology and Woman’s Studies and an M.A. in Humanities and Leadership from New College of California in San Francisco. She is an active community member in University of Hawaiʻi at West Oʻahu’s Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and Healing Program.
Kealiʻimakamanaʻonalani Shannon Parker Poʻoloa is a wahine kanaka ʻōiwi artist, advocate, social worker, healer, wife to her beloved husband ʻAkamu and mother to four keiki; her bonus child Tamateo Elijah Leomana (10), her angel baby Kamalaʻanonalaninohomālieikapō Anora Love (born sleeping 9/2016), her rainbow son Kāhilimanomanookeānuenue George Waipa (4), and her beloved little girl Kaleilehuanonākūpuna Frances Nalani (4 months). Although Kealiʻiʻs one hānau will always be Kuliʻouʻou in Maunalua, ʻOahu, she currently lives in Hilo hanakahi, on Hawaiʻi Island, and is building her farm and forever home in the uplands of Waiākea Uka on her ancestral ʻāina.
Kealiʻimakamanaʻonalani Poʻoloa is passionate about lifting up indigneous knowledge as wholeness reform and has worked for the last 10 years in the fields of cultural health programs, youth programing, ʻai pono, lāʻau lapaʻau, indigneous birth work and advocacy, and hānai waiū (breastfeeding) as revolutionary healing for the lāhui. She has also worked at the Domestic Violence Action Center (DVAC). She looks to the truth telling, life giving water cycle, her reciprocal piliina to land, and to who she is and where she comes from as her guide to hoʻi i ka wai. Through her current work with the Māpuna Lab, and the Myron B. Thompson School of Social Work, she helps to remove generational, historical and current trauma of kanaka ʻōiwi and pacific islanders through institutional and systemic changes by creating curriculum for cultural trainings for state agencies, federal stakeholders, clinicians, providers, students and the community. Kealiʻi holds a bachelorʻs of Science in Social Work, and is a certified Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor. Kealiʻi loves to draw, and always has since she could pick up a pencil. She has provided illustrations for the curriculum she developed and in other various areas.