Our multi-talented administrative staff represents more than 70 years' experience working with Federal agencies, small governments and businesses in the Pacific Region.
Keone Nunes, CEO/Founder
Kaʻānaniʻau was founded by owner and Native Hawaiian Keone Nunes. Known and respected throughout Hawaiʻi and the Pacific as a cultural leader and expert cultural practitioner of uhi (Hawaiian tattoo), Mr. Nunes has two decades worth of experience leading technical trainings and consultations on behalf of Federal and State agencies. Mr. Nunes has been honored with numerous professional and personal awards, including a 2012 Outstanding Contractor Award from the Administration for Children and Families. The Hawaiʻi State Senate and Gov. Neil Abercrombie declared Dec. 16, 2012, "Keone Nunes Day" in recognition of Mr. Nunes' cultural accolades and for the achievements of his company, Kaʻānaniʻau LLC.
Susan White, CFO/Founder
Ms. White is the owner of ACKCO, Inc. (ackco.org) -- one of the nation's largest and most successful providers of services to Native American tribes and communities and a minority shareholder of Kaʻānaniʻau LLC. Ms. White has more than 30 years' experience in the field of financial management and has been instrumental in crafting policies and operations at the U.S. Federal level in regards to Native American and Pacific Islander housing, energy, economic development and more. She has a proven track record of providing successsful contract oversight and adminsitration, as well as providing mointoring, on-site training, and technical assistance to organizations and programs in the areas of comprehensive planning, resource development, organizational development, financial mangaement, staff developmenent, administrative operating policies and procedures and economic development.
Napua Harbottle, Partner
Ms. Harbottle has successfully led more than 100 technical training workshops specifically designed for Native Hawaiian and Pacific communities with an average participant evaluation rating of 94%. Her training effectiveness is grounded in her ability to communicate complex concepts in simple, logical ways that just make sense to Native participants. As a grant writer, she has helped to build capacity for Pacific nonprofits. Ms. Harbottle is also a trained ethnobotonist and cultural practitioner of laʻau lapaʻau.
Matthew Kaulana Ing, Partner
Mr. Ing utilizes his cutting edge technology and journalism skills to help community organizations and clients turn great ideas into effective, innovative projects by harnessing the strengths of social media, design and branding, and emerging media. His past experience includes helping to establish MANA Magazine and conducting business plan writing workshops at the Pacific Asian Center for Entrepreneurship. Mr. Ing is a trained Design Thinking facilitator and a founder of ʻAhahui Haku Moʻolelo: the Hawaiian Journalist Association.