THE FROST FAMILY

Hōkū Nui was established by the Frost family in 2012.

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

GREG RAAB

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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.

 

JOSH CHAVEZ

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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.

RINA CHAVEZ

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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.

KA’AWA HEWAHEWA

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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.

KOA HEWAHEWA

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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!”.

KEPA HEWAHEWA

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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.

KAHAKU RITTE-CAMARA

Aloha mai,
ʻO Kahaku Ritte-Camara koʻu inoa, I have two wonderful keiki and live in Waikapū with my ʻohana. I am currently the Forestry Assistant Manager here at Piʻiholo. For the past 10 years I have been working with and around plants, educating and sharing with students and the community through Hawaiian language, values and culture. I interned at Maui Nui Botanical Gardens and was the Exhibit Manager at Maui Hawaiian Village.
I am passionate about our Hawaiian culture and this land that it grows from and enjoy sharing what I know with others.

NICHOLAS SICKLES

hnm_nick8664-thumbI 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.

 

ANDREA DEAN

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.  

CACHIA PARKS

I was raised in the Driftless region of Wisconsin on a hundred-acre farm with horses, cattle, chickens, dogs and cats. My husband and I have been on many adventures from coast to coast, and to the Hawai’i island before settling on Maui with our daughter. I have always loved working with animals and have a natural comfort with them. I enjoy using a gentle approach with the animals which keeps them happy. So, with all of that said, when the opportunity to join Hōkū Nui came along, I couldn’t pass it up!!

CAMERON MCELROY

I was born in Dana Point, California where my Dad started me off in all things ocean at a very young age. With family from Hawaii, it was always the go-to spot for winter breaks and summer vacations. I went to school at University of California, Santa Barbara where I finished with a BS in Environmental Science. After traveling around the South Pacific and South America, I started working in commercial real estate in California and Oahu. I am a firm believer in teaching yourself anything DIY related, from shaping and glassing surfboards to growing and catching your own food in both the land and sea. Working with animals has always been a dream of mine, and its nice to get away from the desk and back into something I am truly passionate about. I have always told myself that passion shall provide your life with everything you need, and I’ve always tried to keep things as simple as possible in doing that. I now live in Hali’imaile and am excited to be part of a project like Hōkū Nui where I can put my education and passion to work for the good of the local community.