We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for our communities through healing-centered programs rooted in expressive arts and culture.
Naomi Yoshida is a creative producer with an extensive background in the support of arts and culture. From developing an editorial newspaper with Hawaiʻiʻs leading media publisher to the organizing of Honoluluʻs largest urban markets to managing a Pan-Asia contemporary arts studio, she has helped some of Hawaiʻiʻs most promising cultural institutions today. In more recent years, Naomi made a pivot to venture into the world of tech and entrepreneurship, where she brings her interdisciplinary, world-bridging approach to building community and impact.
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 peacemaking), 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.
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 our first menstruation ancestral rites of passage, 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 facilitator. 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 Hawaii. 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.
Sierra Dew is the founder and program director of Wisdom Circles. She is a mother, artist, and community worker with over 20 years experience in teaching, collaborative healing work & design. She was born on Maui and raised in her family grocery store, Mana Foods, in Pāʻia. Since 2010, sheʻs provided arts programming and mentorship for women & youth in Hawaiʻi. Her experiences inspired her to found the Wisdom Circles organization to offer healing-centered creative opportunities. Sierra has worked with organizations including: Pāʻia Youth & Cultural Center, WorkNet Inc., 808 Urban, Pacific Alliance to Stop Slavery, Mana Maoli, and Kokua Kalihi Valley.