OUR TEAM

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 program director of Wisdom Circles Oceania. 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 Oceania organization to offer healing-centered creative opportunities to further our potential for actualizing our dreams for healthy communities. 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. 

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.  

NAOMI YOSHIDA - Mo'olelo Technologist

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 - 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 a two-time settler on Oʻahu, currently living in Kalihi Valley. Presently, she is the Community Arts Manager at Engaging the Senses Foundation, 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 O’ahu’s Hawaiian and Indigenous Health and Healing Program.

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