Though it is a brand new organized entity, the NCI Hawaii Team have worked in the non-profit sector for several years
Meet our Founder
Mahealani Keo, founder and CEO, Kanaka maoli, Samoan, and of other ethnic ancestry, was born and raised in the small town of Hauʻula, on the island of Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. Born to service-oriented parents, in a humble home, her parents taught her the true nature of service to others, always giving or doing service for others without expectations. This lesson would become the foundation of her adult life. Most of her career was in the Food & Beverage, and Hospitality industry. The kuleana to her parents is what ultimately brought her back home to Hauʻula. Over the past 10 years she spent her time as a caregiver and provided volunteer service to the youth of the Koʻolauloa community. In recent years, she has dedicated her time to building several businesses and working with the Hawaii Land Trust (HILT) to protect and preserve the Maunawila Heiau Complex. Under HILT, Mahealani has helped create and administer several work/educational programs to serve the youth and young adults in the Koʻolauloa area.
Mahealani dreams of a hometown full of abundance. She is dedicated to help empower, inspire, and provide educational resources to help the people of Hawaiʻi reach their highest potential, especially the Koʻolauloa communities.
Our mission is to empower youth, leaders, and communities by fostering growth in cultural, economic, and intellectual realms, with a focus on underserved areas. We achieve this through three pillars rooted in Hawaiian values:
I. EHUOLA: Promoting Health and Well-being – We nurture and cultivate the well-being of our people and their longevity through fitness and health initiatives.
II. WAIOLA: Building Prosperity – We nurture wealth and equip future generations with resources and tools to ensure abundance.
III. KAHU-A-OLA: Preserving Hawaiian Culture and our Natural Resources – We steward and perpetuate Hawaiian culture, our ʻāina (food sources), and natural resources for the benefit of our community.
Our Core Values
Empower. Inspire. Educate. Take Massive Action. Work Hard. Have fun.
200 N Vineyard BLVD STE A325 - 282 Honolulu, HI 96817