Ka Ipu Kukui Fellows

 2007-2008 Fellows

Rhiannon Chandler

Rhiannon Chandler was born in Honolulu, moved to Hawaii island, and then moved to California. Upon graduation from High School in Sacramento Rhiannon returned home to Hawaii and attended UH Manoa where she majored in Ethnic Studies with an emphasis in Hawaiian Studies. One month in China in 2005 changed her outlook on life, priorities, and values. Shortly after that, Rhiannon moved to Maui the island where her mother was born and grandfather was raised. Preserving the Hawaiian culture and the environment had always been a passion, but it has become Rhiannon's focus within the last year as the two passions merged when she joined Community Work Day Program in May of 2007 as their Program Director. Working with Community Work Day Program allows her to incorporate Hawaiian values while educating people about the importance of being good stewards of our land and natural resources. "We live on an island where our natural resources are limited. Once they're gone - they're gone forever. We have a kuleana (responsibility) to malama aina (care for the land) not only for ourselves but for generations to come."