Tasha Kawamata Ryan

North Shore Eco Tours / Tasha Kawamata Ryan

Tasha is of Japanese & Spanish ancestry. Her family roots in Hawai’i extend back several generations to the days of sugar and pineapple plantations. Even though her family had established themselves all throughout the islands, Tasha’s father, Clyde Kawamata, is actually from Wahiawā, O’ahu (Oahu). After Clyde graduated from Leilehua High School, he joined the Air Force and moved to Colorado Springs where he settled down and eventually raised his family.

An avid outdoorsman himself, Clyde, had instilled within Tasha a great love for the natural world. Some of Tasha’s fondest childhood memories include fishing and camping experiences with her father. With a desire to familiarize herself with her local Hawai’i family, Tasha moved to Oʻahu (Oahu) in 1999 and attended the University of Hawai’i, Mānoa.

Tashaʻs affinity for the natural environment and hard work ethic earned her a Bachelor’s degree in Biology along with numerous awards and honors. Tasha has gained significant experience working in scientific laboratories both in Hawaiʻi and across the country. Over the years Tasha has also become involved with the local farmer’s markets. Developing and promoting awareness for “food sovereignty” and locally grown foods, Tashaʻs commitment to healthy living is 100%.

Previous professional experience include finance director for a non-profit organization, project coordinator for a public relations firm, and marketing director for the state’s Career Technical Education (CTE) program. Tashaʻs business, marketing, and finance experience along with a passion for the environment are unique qualifications that make her a perfect fit for managing the health and business of North Shore EcoTours.


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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.