Meet the ‘Ohana (Family)

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The ‘Ohana

North Shore EcoTours provides educational tours in an outdoor setting. Our goal is to provide the highest quality nature and Hawaiian culture tours in the industry. With the help of talented staff and a location that reflects O’ahu’s incomparable natural environment, we believe that we are well equipped to do so. Meet the ‘ohana (family):

Nā Alaka’i ~ The Guides

Noah “Keola” Ryan – Hula, chant, & Hawaiian history.

Keola is a native Hawaiian born and raised on Oʻahu. He grew up hiking, surfing, spear diving, and canoe paddling. His love for nature has brought him to be involved in many different Hawaiian educational programs. He currently works at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies, at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa where he teaches. Keola is also a hula practitioner, which helps him to stay connected to Hawaiian cultural practices…read more.

Keolanui Douglas Chu Hawaiian history & environment

Keolanui Douglas Chu or “Nui” is essentially a product of two worlds. He is a Native Hawaiian who was born in the outskirts of Los Angeles, California and raised both there as well as in Kailua and Waiawa on Oʻahu…read more.

 

 

Office Staff

Tasha Kawamata Ryan – General Manager.

Tasha was born and raised in Colorado Springs. She moved to Oʻahu (Oahu) in 1999 and attended the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa where she received a Bachelorʻs Degree in Biology. Over the years Tasha has worked as a finance director for a non-profit organization, project coordinator for a public relations firm, and currently works as marketing director for the state’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program… read more.

Kele-Marie Leonahenahe Sunia – Administrative Assistant.

Kele was born and raised on the island of Oʻahu (Oahu). She attended Hālau Kū Mana, a Hawaiian Charter School focused on education through traditional Hawaiian ‘ike(knowledge). This allowed her to be involved in many cultural practices, such as, lo’i kalo (wetland taro agriculture), loko i’a (fishponds), and waʻa (canoe). Her involvement in such activities has led her to participate in the Shoals Marine Laboratory program…read more.

 

“Emeritus NSETers”

Keoki Naylon- Chef

Keoki was born in the bustling plantation town of ‘Aiea, O’ahu (Oahu), headquarters of legendary sugar producer, C&H Sugar.  A product of Hawai’i’s massive sugar and pineapple industry, Keoki was immersed in an exciting atmosphere of multi-ethnic culture, values, and food…read more.

 

Chauncey Kalā Asing- Guide

Chauncey Kalāokalanikamālamalamaokekuahiwiamekekai Palenapa Lindsey-Asing is a Native Hawaiian who hails from the cool uplands of Waimea, Hawai‘i. Known more commonly as the “Big Island”, Hawai‘i is nearly 7times larger than O‘ahu (capital island) with only a fraction of the population.  Therefore, growing up surrounded by nature has instilled within Kalā…read more.

 

Nohea Ferreira- Administrative Assistant

Nohea is a Native Hawaiian born and raised in Paukauila, Waialua, a place locals commonly refer to as “Long Bridge.”  In 2007, she graduated from Leilehua High School and was immediately accepted into the College Opportunities Program at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Nohea became a rigorous student of traditional Hawaiian culture by entering…read more.

 

 

 

 

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North Shore Eco Tours will help you gain tremendous insight into the cultural traditions of Hawaiʻi from alaka'i (guides) who are actually Hawaiian educators and/or cultural practitioners.

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