Ron Porter, President
Ron Porter believes that the recognition of “blended value” whether at the individual, institutional, and/or systemic levels is the key to economic sustainability and growth. Through teaching at the university level and through his work in the for-profit and non-profit capital markets, he uncovers the often unrecognized “hidden” aspects of value creation on both the supply and demand sides of the capital markets that are often overlooked and undervalued by our modern economic system; helping to create business models and economic systems that incorporate these value creation activities into commerce and trade. He holds a PhD in the field of Political Economy, has taught in universities in Asia and Europe, and works with social enterprises of all sizes in sectors such as renewable energy, homelessness, and financial services.
Megan Kaleipumehana Cabral, MSW, Vice President
M. Kaleipumehana Cabral (Pumehana) identifies as a queer Kanaka and child of the diaspora. They were born in Hawaiʻi and raised between the islands and the continent – with family in Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi Island, California and Washington. An MSW (Master of Social Work) and proud Kanaka ʻŌiwi, they strive to learn and work with Native Hawaiian communities and care deeply about perpetuating the culture. Their current work focuses on social justice and community building through film, writing, ‘āina-based education, and crowdfunding for local causes. Additionally, they are passionate about creating safe(r) spaces for queer people of color through creative projects and events. They believe that innovative, collaborative community work is pivotal to long-term systemic change.
Troy Hanohano, Secretary
Troy is a Native Hawaiian small business owner and father to two “beautiful ladies.” He has owned and operated several businesses in Hawaii and on the mainland since 1999, and in his current business, he works in insurance claims contracting and mortgage field services. Previously, he worked in the financial industry, including underwriting, funding, collections, and remarketing. Born and raised on Kauai, Troy believes that Hawaiians are natural entrepreneurs, descended from a culture of risk takers, who dared to sail across the ocean guided by the stars, and who brought with them ideas, innovation, perseverance, and the ability to make the most out of every situation. His involvement with KEDA comes from a sense of urgency to see result-oriented, driven Hawaiians working together–through a framework of Native Hawaiian values–to create a network of support and inspiration for all current and future Hawaiian entrepreneurs.
Isaac Kamoku IV, Treasurer
Hailing from the big island, and growing up on both Oahu and Hawaii islands, Isaac Kamoku has always had a love for math. He began college on a math scholarship and went on to graduate from University of Hawaii Hilo with a BA in Accounting. For the last six years, he has worked as an independent bookkeeper and tax preparer in Hilo and is a QuickBooks ProAdvisor. A serial entrepreneur, Isaac started a publishing company with a friend, which they recently converted to a nonprofit music publishing company, Mighty Congregation Sounds. His latest business venture is a delivery company. Isaac brings to KEDA a passion for creating businesses and working to help other businesses, including musicians, thrive, with the goal of creating a job market that stabilizes the local economy and provides high quality, affordable professional services for local people and tourists.