THE FROST FAMILY
We approach this project as a culmination and reflection of all of the wisdom, joy, love and respect our family has received from the land we have lived on, and the people with whom we share the Earth. We know that there is no separation between the Earth and humanity, and in the work that we do at Hoku Nui, we honor that connection, guided by Hawaiian wisdom and the values of aloha, kuleana, and kama’aina.
Our family traces our roots to Denmark, where we still spend summers with family every year. My parents, Robert and Svea, taught my brother Erik and me at an early age to honor and respect the earth that sustains us. When I was a child, we lived in rural Wisconsin. My first home was on a beautiful ravine. When I was about eight years old, I remember my father bought 150 pine trees that we planted on a hillside that brought new life to the open stretch of land. As a teenager we lived on a 160-acre farm in Minnesota where we cultivated soybeans and corn, planted large vegetable gardens, gathered wood to heat the house in the winter, and went horseback riding and cross-country skiing in the woods. Throughout the years, we took care of the land and our home, being as self sufficient as we could, and in return for the love and respect we put into the land, the land taught us about ourselves and sustained not only our human family, but the horses, cows and too many cats to count.
In 1997, I moved to Maui, drawn to experience the deep and abiding connection that is so strong between the land and the people of Hawai‘i. A few years later, living on a beautiful farm in Haiku, I gave birth to my son, Keala, at the home I shared with his father, Lee. Lee is third generation Hawaiian, his grandfather jumped ship in Lahaina in the early 1800s and later in life pledge the allegiance to the Kingdom of Hawaii and King Kalakaua as his primary body guard. Keala, in turn, provided the inspiration and motivation to develop a new type of baby carrier that became the Ergo Baby Carrier. Between 2002 and 2010, we built a global business based on Maui that became more successful than any of us could have dreamed possible, and from the fruit of our success of Ergobaby, Hoku Nui was enabled and created.
Our family and all of the members of the Hoku Nui ohana are dedicated to creating a place, time, and community where people can live in harmony and be sustained and strengthened by the land and each other in wisdom, respect, and abundance. In this way, it is our prayer that we can give back and pay forward our blessings.
– Karin Frost
I was born and raised in New Jersey. My mother’s family were all farmers. My grandfather raised chickens and my uncles grew a variety of vegetable for commercial sale. BS in Marketing and Philosophy from Monmouth University. I spent the majority of my career working for Financial Services companies in New York City and London. I’ve helped launch several successful startups. My expertise is in real estate and financial risk analytics. I feel blessed to work at Hōkū Nui Maui and strive to help fulfill the Frost family vision for our project. I love being part of a successful, regenerative farming community. Very happily married, with three wonderful children.
Raised with a construction background working with my father and brothers, I grew up on Maui down the street from Hoku Nui in Makawao. After graduating from King Kekaulike High School in 1999, I started working in the real estate industry where I began buying my own properties, remodeling old homes, building new homes, and developing raw land. After several years of conventional real estate development, I started a land restoration project, which helped me learn better ways to work with the land. Soon after, I facilitated the acquisition of the Hōkū Nui property and have been privileged to work on the project from the beginning. Today I help manage the project by overseeing real estate development, construction, real estate sales, and public outreach. It is very exciting that we can integrate land restoration, food production, job security, and housing into one project. Natural methods from ancient cultures merged with modern capabilities to help us to steward the land and natural resources. The past informs the present for the future.
I was born in Japan and raised on Maui, not far from Hoku Nui. After graduating from KKHS, I moved to Japan and studied Graphic Design in Tokyo. Fast forward a few years and here I am at Hōkū Nui along with my husband. It has been a privilege to watch the ever-evolving project firsthand. I love the fact that I learn something new every time I go to work, whether it is through the experience of the team mates, or from watching nature at work.
Born and raised in Kailua, Hawaii, I moved to the island of Maui when I was 15 years old and graduated from Lahainaluna High School (LHS) boarding department. I ran the agricultural department and was the tractor driver at LHS. Then I worked for Maui Land and Pine for 4 years as a field hand and equipment operator. I recently retired after 25 years as a framing carpenter, and I’m really grateful for the opportunity to work for Hoku Nui to fulfill my lifetime duties to give back to this land that I call home. It is my mission as well as Hōkū Nui’s to preserve and protect these lands, which is something I have always wanted to do but have not had opportunities because of survival. Married to my wife for 32 years, we have 3 sons and 7 grandchildren.
Born and raised in earth at Wailuku, Maui. I have a wife and two beautiful children. Raised with strong family values of respect, hard work, honesty, Kuleana, and Aloha, I enjoy all types of farming using the most natural ways, as well as integrating modern techniques. Being around my plants and family is what makes me the happiest. My mission is to protect, provide, and preserve for my family, our natural resources/environment, and most importantly, my descendants. The land is my chief that I happily serve. “My passion is to grow! If you don’t know, now you know, a hui hou!”.
Aloha, my name is Kepa Hewahewa. Proud husband and father of 3 kids. I was born and raised in Wailuku on the island of Maui and currently reside in Waihee. I like to be involved with anything to do with nature, from Mauka to Makai. My main goal in life is to always be there for my family and malama everything that surrounds us.
I love working with the earth. Throughout my life I have always thought of myself as a protector of the planet and builder of soil. I have been an educator and mentor for many years, as well as had the privilege of helping to build a community garden on war torn soil, heal a neighborhood, and bring music to many.
These last few years, I have been working towards the regeneration of the planet with my attention focused on the honeybees, as the head beekeeper at Hōkū Nui.
Ever since I was a young child I wanted to be a farmer. Growing up I had cousins and good friends that lived this lifestyle, and I deeply admired them for it. As I grew older, an appreciation for healthy food and sustainable living was cultivated within me. Now, as a mother, I want to offer the best quality food possible to my children, along with the wisdom of regenerative living.
Working at Hōkū Nui allows for the seamless integration of all of these principles and expands the circle of recipients to the greater Maui community. Giving back to the planet that nurtures us on a daily basis is both my goal and my inspiration.
WILLIAM “BILLY” OWEN ABREU
I was born on Maui and raised at Haleakala Dairy in Makawao. Growing up on the dairy sparked a strong desire in me to someday raise and work with cattle. Today I can say that I am living my passion for cattle with a 35+ year history of owning cattle and running my own “Abreu’s Meat Company.” My journey with cattle has brought me to work with Hoku Nui to master a method of soil regeneration with “non-selective” grazing. My goal at Hōkū Nui is to bring quality certified organic beef from the pasture to the plate.
I grew up in central Illinois working for my family’s drywalling business. I was fortunate enough to go to college and received a BS in Electrical Engineering but didn’t have a clue as to what I wanted to do with my life upon graduating. I tried many different things in the next few years including home flipping and even cheese making. Eventually, I relocated to Denver and worked as a process optimization engineer for a manufacturing company for the next 3 years. While I very much enjoyed the experience, I found myself wanting to be involved in something bigger, something personally more meaningful.
I moved to Maui in 2016 to be with my high school sweetheart, Bena. Knowing nothing about regenerative farming but a little about electricity, I was hired at Hōkū Nui to revamp the portable electric fencing program in order to facilitate an intensely managed and effective rotational grazing program. Little did I know, regenerative farming and holistic land management would become the means of connecting with the earth that I had been missing, and will likely be a lifelong passion and pursuit.
I was born and raised in Connecticut, and found myself traveling west through my Bachelors and Masters degree. After completing my studies in 2004, I decided to call Hawai‘i ‘home’. As a backyard farmer for the last 8 years, and in my work as a licensed Acupuncturist for the last decade, I have come to recognize the therapeutic value that is found in farming. By connecting with Hōkū Nui this past year, I had the opportunity to combine my passion for health with sustainable farming. In my spare time I enjoy raising Swiss Saanen and French Alpine dairy goats, culturing cheese and gardening with my daughter.
I was born in Morgantown, West Virginia, where I was raised in a family of do-it-yourselfers that taught me to work my way around any obstacle and to find solutions. My father had me turning wrenches at a young age and I was always amazed at how my grandfather could fix anything. I studied Music & Design at West Virginia University, then went on to work for 14 years in the field of print and web design. Doing what I can to help make the world a better place has alway been a passion of mine. I have a wonderful wife & two beautiful children and I want to do everything in my power to ensure that they have a safe, secure and sustainable future. I am grateful for the opportunity to work at Hōkū Nui, and to apply all of the various skills in my toolbox towards the goal of land regeneration and local food security.
I was born and raised in California where I earned a BS in Environmental Science and began working as a field biologist. I first worked in the beautiful Sierra Nevada Mountains and then up in the breath-taking state of Alaska. My time as a field biologist solidified in me a deep love for our earth. I am now married to an amazing man and have two beautiful children. We lived for a time on a farm in West Virginia before moving our family to Maui. High-quality, organically grown food is a passion of mine. I learned all I could about natural farming techniques and food production. Working at Hoku Nui is a perfect fit for me. The mission of this project and what we are trying to do here is what our earth needs, a regenerative model for housing people and feeding our community. I am thrilled to be part of the Hōkū Nui team.
I am passionate about farming and food security for Maui. I love working with the Hōkū Nui chickens and believe that they play a crucial role in regenerative farming. In my free time, I am a musician, a recording engineer, a composer and I play in a few local bands on Maui. Lastly, I am a writer, a poet, a journalist and an advocate for various environmental and political issues in Hawai’i nei.
I began my professional career on Maui in 1989 when I was 23 years old. At that time I was a part of the nascent Permaculture movement and began learning about food self-sufficiency, community organizing and education from the ground up. From 2002 until recently I have been based on Hawai‘i Island. I founded the North Kohala Eat Locally Grown initiative, spearheaded the Think Local, Buy Local island-wide campaign, was Co-Director of the Ho‘oulu ka ‘Ulu project to revitalize breadfruit, a project manager with the Palili ‘O Kohala project, and a consultant with other for-profit and non-profit organizations.
I hold a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. I am also a published writer and author, and a social media enthusiast.
Hōkū Nui Maui hits all of my professional sweet spots—it is a place where community, culture and sustainable food production all come together.
My position as the Strategic and Community Partnerships Manager at Hōkū Nui Maui is such a perfect fit for me that it seems like I have been training to be a part of this team for the last 25 years.
He ali’i ka ‘āina; he kauā ke kanaka.
The land is a chief; man is its servant.
(‘Ōlelo Noʻeau #531)
Raised on the slopes of Haleakalā and as a haumāna of Nāpua Greig Nakasone; Hālau Nā Lei Kaumaka O Uka, I have been fortunate enough to learn the value of ‘āina and the kuleana that po’e Hawai’i are required to uphold to mālama our ‘āina. As a young girl, I was exposed to sustainable agriculture in the form of lo’i kalo and livestock production through my father; Ryan Wendt, and grandfathers; William Owen Abreu & Ed Wendt. Being surrounded by avid farmers molded my path to fulfill my kuleana as a mahi ‘ai myself. As a graduate of Oregon State University with my Bachelor of Science in Animal Science, I am pursuing a career in pasture management, livestock production and food safety. I aspire to continue to protect the natural resources of Hawaiʻi nei, for the benefit of its current inhabitants (homo sapiens & furry creatures alike) and for future generations. Hōkū Nui Maui has given me this opportunity to learn and grow as a mahi’ai alongside a diverse team.