Chauncey Kalā Asing

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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 a deep appreciation and respect for the island’s precious natural resources. Like many young people raised in the country, however, the hustle and bustle and 24/7 action of the city represented an attractive change of pace.

In 2002, Kalā took the leap and moved from the Big Island to the “big city” of Honolulu, O‘ahu, in order to attend the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.  Proud of his cultural heritage and imbued with a deep sense of Aloha ‘Āina (love for the land), Kalā enrolled in Hawaiian Studies with an emphasis in natural environment.  As a student, he was able to visit the famous military training island of Kaho‘olawe and contribute to restoration efforts there.  It was during this trip that Kalā discovered his calling and realized just how fragile the islands ecosystems are.  From this point, he knew his passion was in natural resource management.

Over the years, Kalā continued to work, volunteer, and involve himself in mālama ‘āina (land stewardship) efforts with various local organizations, some of which include: Pono Pacific Land Management, Hawai‘i Youth Conservation Corps, and Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission.  Today, Kalā works full-time as a Natural Resource Specialist with the O‘ahu Army Natural Resources Program (OANRP), the entity responsible for managing conservation lands under military control.  As a specialist, Kalā supervises field operations ranging from native habitat restoration to invasive species eradication.  His work through OANRP is essential for the health of Hawai‘i’s fragile ecosystems.

At about the same time that Kalā relocated to O‘ahu, he also became involved in the rich cultural tradition of hula. Joining one of Hawai‘i’s most renowned hālau hula (hula academies), Kalā began to immerse himself in the oral traditions of his ancestors, learning the stories, dances, and chants of long ago.  As a hula practitioner, he was also privileged to travel and represent Hawai‘i abroad.  Kalā has even performed multiple times in the prestigious Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in Hilo, Hawai‘i.

In addition to his interest in conservation, Kalā is also an off-road driving enthusiast.  He is one of the founding members of the 4×4 Off-Roading Association and serves as an online forum moderator for the off-road community.  Due to his “skills at the wheel” Kalā doubles as the off-road driving instructor for both OANRP and North Shore EcoTours (NSET).

In 2009, Kalā married the “love of his life”, the beautiful Kayla Asing.  Together they have one little boy with another on the way! Kalā is truly an asset to our NSET ‘ohana (family). A wealth of knowledge in Hawai‘i’s natural environment, a Native Hawaiian cultural practitioner, skilled off-road driver, and dedicated family man; Kalā is definitely not your average “tour guide”, which is why we are so honored to have him apart of our North Shore EcoTours ‘Ohana!

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