Welcome to the Big Island
By Nelson Ho
Candidate Bios for Executive Committee Election
Candidates are listed in alphabetic order – Members should vote for 4 candidates.
I am a long time Sierra Club member. During the 90s, I telephoned members in my district urging them to email their reps regarding bills in session that were good or bad for theenvironment. I’m a retired small business oriented CPA that is used to doing minor legal research, testifying in court and applying common sense to decision making. I’m currently an outings leader and just want to helpout wherever I’m needed and feel comfortable. I’d like to help the group start up our own website and get more involved in preserving and restoring Hawaii.
Joy Cash (AKA Sada Anand Kaur)
Began her social activism in college in 1967, in South Texas, with Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers & Anti-Viet Nam War protests. Is advocate of human consciousness, having practiced & taught yoga & meditation for over 40 yrs. Owned/managed a holistic health clinic for 10 yrs. Joined Women Occupy SD & Occupellas San Diego in in Fall of 2010. Was chairperson for major national Anti-GMO/MONSANTO action in San Diego. Is a founding member of Occupellas Hawaii Island, member of GMO Free Hawaii & active participant at Hawaii County council & committees. (including Energy & Environmental Management committees)
Nelson Ho has been a Big Island environmentalist activist since 1982. He has been in the forefront of issues like geothermal energy development in the Hawaiian Rainforest and the proper protection of the vulnerable natural and cultural resources on the top of Mauna Kea. Luckily he keeps sane by going on multi-night camping outings.
Steve Holmes is the former Energy and Sustainability Coordinator for the City and County of Honolulu. He won the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Energy Champion Award in 2002. He was a state energy analyst in Hilo, a Park Ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and Hawaii Chapter Conservation Chair of the Sierra Club.
I am interested in serving on the board for Sierra Club’s Moku Loa Group. I retired from the USAF in 2004 and have lived on the island of Hawaii since that time. Currently, I work as a park ranger at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and as a substitute teacher at the local schools. I have been a member of many environmental organizations over the years to include Sierra Club, Earthjustice, Greenpeace, National Wildlife Federation and Nature Conservancy, to name a few. I am very interested helping with the preservation of our unique and fragile environment on Hawaii island.
As a Hawai`i resident for over 30 years, I’ve been deeply involved in several community-based campaigns aimed at protecting the natural, cultural, recreational, and social resources of Hawai`i island. I helped spearhead the campaigns to protect `O`oma from development — two decades of fighting which finally led to the protection 200 acres of coastal, conservation land acquired through Hawai`i County’s 2% land fund. I’m currently a Surfrider Foundation Kona Kai Ea ExCom member and have served on the ExCom of Moku Loa group in the past.
Debbie Ward is an active member of the conservation committee, and has served on the MLG excomm several times during her 32 years of membership, as chair, program chair and treasurer. Retired from UH, she farming organic fruit in upper Puna. She hopes to recruit and encourage new active members.