Co-Founders of the Waimānalo Pono Research Hui
Ilima Ho-Lastimosa is a strong proponent of food sovereignty and sustainability. She is passionate about giving Pacific Island communities the tools, knowledge and skills they need to grow food in their backyards. To that end, Ilima became a certified Master Gardener and an aquaponics expert, with which she has spent the last six years teaching aquaponics throughout the Pacific and Pacific Northwest. She received her BA in Hawaiian Studies and MSW from the University of Hawaiʻi. Presently employed as the Community Coordinator for the Waimānalo Research Station, Ilima works with numerous school-aged children through partnerships with nearby schools. As the founder of God’s Country Waimānalo, Ilima has & continues to offer programs to the Waimānalo and Native Hawaiian Communities.