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Contact and other information about Ka`u CDP Steering Committee members

The following Ka`u CDP Steering Committee voting members were confirmed by the County Council on April 8, 2009:

Patti Barry grew up in Hawai`i, has lived in Ka`u for over 17 years, and currently resides in the Hawaiian Ranchos subdivision.  Patti has served as president of the Ocean View Community Development Corporation and as a director of the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce and the Ocean View Community Association.  Patti is a Punahou graduate and has a bachelor’s degree in Urban Planning and Development from the University of Washington.  She has been in the real estate business for over 35 years and is currently Principal Broker and part owner of The Land Office, LLC in Na`alehu.  Patti can be reached at 937-3124 or pattiabarry@gmail.com.

Bob DaMate grew up in Hawai`i, has lived in Ka`u for over 24 years, and currently resides in the Kona Gardens subdivision.  Bob is past President of the Ho`opuloa Hawaiian Civic Club and is a member of  `Aha Moku Kahuku. He is retired from a career with the County of Hawai‘i and the Department of Hawaiian Homelands.  Bob can be reached at (808) 220-7515.

Ron Ebert has lived in Ka`u for over 13 years and currently resides in Punalu‘u.  He is Company Officer of the Pahala Volunteer Fire Department and is a member of the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, the Ka`u Hospital Charitable Foundation, `O Ka`u Kakou and the Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka`u.  Ron is retired from a career as an electrical engineer with the State of Colorado and currently serves as minister of the Ocean View Church of Christ.  Ron can be reached at 928-0027 or ebertr001@hawaii.rr.com.

Leina`ala Enos (Chair) grew up in Hawai`i and has lived in Ka`u for over 40 years.  She currently resides in Wai`ohinu, where she manages a small macadamia nut farm.  Leina`ala has served as President of the Hawaiian Civic Club of Ka`u and presently serves as Council Chair of the Na`alehu United Methodist Church, and she is a member of the Ka`u Community Partnership and a local hula halau.  A Kamehameha Schools graduate, Leina`ala worked 12 years for C. Brewer and Company and has worked for the Queen Lili`uokalani Children’s Center as a Community Building Facilitator since 1994.  Leina‘ala can be reached at 929-9022, 929-8641, or lenos@qlcc.org.

Michelle Galimba was born and raised in Ka`u, has lived in Ka`u over 22 years, and currently resides in the Hilea ahupua`a.  She is President of the Hawai`i Cattlemen’s Association and Secretary of the Ka`u Farm Bureau. She also serves as a director of the Hawai`i Board of Agriculture, the Big Island Resource Conservation and Development Council and the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce.  Michelle has a doctoral degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Berkeley and is currently a rancher on Kuahiwi Ranch.  Michelle can be reached at 430-4927 or mgalimba@kuahiwiranch.com

Loren Heck has lived in Ka`u for over 22 years and currently resides in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates (HOVE) subdivision.  He is President of the Ocean View Community Development Corporation. He has also served as President of the HOVE Road Maintenance Corporation, the Ocean View Community Association, the Big Island Protea Growers Association, and the Ocean View Garden Club; as Vice President of the Ocean View Community Development Corporation, the Protea Growers Association of Hawai`i, and the Ka`u Chamber of Commerce; and as Chair of the County of Hawai`i's Department of Water Supply Commission.  Loren has bachelor’s degrees from San Francisco State University and the Los Angeles Art Center College of Design, has worked as a professional photographer, and is currently a protea farmer.  Loren can be reached at 939-9454 or elheckhi@gmail.com.

Eldridge Naboa (Vice Chair) was born and raised in Ka`u, has lived in Ka`u for over 30 years, and currently resides in Na`alehu.  He has coached cross-country at Ka`u High School and has served as President of the Ka`u Rural Health Community Association and as a director of the Ka`u Federal Credit Union.  Eldridge has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and is currently Hawai`i Project Manager for Pono Pacific. Eldridge can be reached at 936-2189 or eldridge.naboa@ponopacific.com.

Marino Ramones immigrated to Ka`u from the Philippines in 2004.  He is a a director of the Ka`u Rural Health Community Association and is a volunteer chaplain at Ka`u Hospital.  Marino is a graduate of the Baptist Theological College and currently serves as Pastor of the Pāhala Baptist Bible Mission and the Na`alehu Baptist Bible Mission.  Marino can be reached at 928-8240 or marjoramones@yahoo.com.

Simon Torres, Jr. was born and raised in Ka`u, has lived in Ka`u over 48 years, and currently resides in Pahala.  Simon served in the Air Force and since 1991 has served full-time as a supervisor mechanic with the Hawai`i Air National Guard.  An avid outdoorsman, Simon has hunted the majority of Ka`u's terrain and fished and dove the length of Ka`u's coast. Simon can be reached at 785-6111 or kimonaboy@yahoo.com.

In addition, on April 6, 2009, the Planning Director appointed the following "non-voting" member:

John Cross owns land in Ka`u but resides in Hakalau, where he operates a small family farm.  Ever since his days as a Boy Scout, he has camped, hiked, and fished all along the Ka`u coast, and during the sugarcane era and C. Brewer and Company’s liquidation, he spent much of his time in Ka`u.  John has a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from the University of Hawai‘`i at Manoa, served as the Vice President of Real Estate for C. Brewer and Company, Ltd. and is currently the land manager for the Edmund C. Olson Trust II and project manager of the Ka`u Coffee Mill.  John can be reached at 987-4229 or john@olsontrust.com.

Non-voting members play the same role as the other Steering Committee members but don’t have voting power.

Donna-Marie Ambrose was also originally appointed to the Steering Committee.  Donna resigned from the Steering Committee on November 18, 2011.

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