Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Loves: how human-centered design has the power to develop creative solutions to climate change that consider how human behavior will drive their success or failure; a vigorous round of “Yes, and..” improv; a downwind run from Makai Pier to Kaimana Beach on her one-woman canoe.
Hates: Pepper-jack cheese; our dependency on fossil fuels; talk with no walk.
Proud of: Her kindergarten level ability to write and speak ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi; the work by her team on their Masters project in the Design Impact Program - which directly led to the incorporation of Shake Energy Collaborative!
Working on getting better at: asking for 100% of what she wants; meal prep; acknowledging her own biases and privilege.
Loves: Poke, video games, using co-design practices to amplify the voices of marginalized communities.
Hates: Cilantro, exclusive design practices.
Proud of: The work Shake Energy Collaborative does.
Working on getting better at: Staying connected with my culture through learning about family history, language, etc.
Community Energy Planner
Loves: Advancing energy justice by collaborating with communities to achieve local and global goals; mālama ʻāina; hiking; and picnicing on the beach with friends.
Hates: Wicked problems, complacency, and cauliflower
Proud of: Everyone who is trying to make a more just and compassionate world. His growing collection of native Hawaiian plants.
Working on getting better at: Being patient and steadfast when working toward long-term goals. Synthesizing power systems engineering, energy planning, and community co-design.
Community Energy Design Intern - Summer 2021
Loves: Learning about and practicing sustainability, Active listening, Skin care, Re-watching all the MCU movies, Animals, K-Music, Boba
Hates: Non-renewables, tardiness, people who are unkind, carrots
Proud of: My family, being adaptable and hard-working, my Spotify playlists
Working on getting better at: being spontaneous, being more confident, making the most of every day
SHAKE COMMUNITY ENERGY RESEARCH FELLOWS SUMMER 2020
Sponsored by the TomKat Center for Sustainable Energy
Loves: Movies, TV shows, Music (Hip-Hop/rap mostly), learning random information, exercise, teaching others
Hates: Willful ignorance, lack of accountability
Proud of: Being a fast learner and quick adapter
Working on getting better at: Being more communicative, coding, staying focused for extended periods of time
Loves: His family, playing basketball, working out, his hometown Salinas, watching movies, eating popcorn, playing board games/anything competitive, being outdoors, making inventions, and listening to music (Rap, R&B, and Reggeaton).
Hates: Racism, misogyny, close-mindedness, onions, taking naps, being unproductive.
Proud of: Serving as a role model for kids in his city, being a scholar-athlete all of his life, and his open mindedness.
Working on getting better at: Getting out of his comfort zone more, investing in the stock market, learning how to do graphic design.
Loves: Being outside, swimming butterfly, hiking, increasing access to outdoor spaces and activities, making environmental sustainability affordable, meeting new people, and baking cookies.
Hates: Systemic inequality, selfishness, and going to the movies.
Proud of: Her quickly-improving cooking skills, being a supportive friend, and practicing vulnerability.
Working on getting better at: diving into new things without worrying about being bad at them, educating herself on different barriers to accessing the activities she enjoys, doing a pull-up.
Loves: Solar energy, ice cream, mountains, rugby, and community-centered and community-owned projects
Hates: Fossil fuels, apathy towards taking action, and mosquitos
Proud of: Her friends and family
Working on getting better at: Cooking, asking questions, and learning from communities