Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors brings a variety of talents and experiences to guide our work.
President & Co-Founder
A teacher who stumbled into non-profit and music management, Kim Johnson utilizes her education theory to create community engagement campaigns and programs for music tours and festivals as well as environmental foundations and schools. In 2003 Kim, together with her musician husband Jack Johnson, hosted the first Kōkua Festival and founded the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation. As the Executive Director for the first 12 years, Kim developed and continues to oversee all five of the Foundations' main programs. Kim is a volunteer docent leading AINA In School lessons for grades K-6 and serves as the AINA Team Coordinator for one of the original pilot schools since 2006. Being in the field as an environmental educator allows Kim to guide KHF's programs from both a top down and bottom up perspective.
In 2008, Kim and Jack founded the Johnson Ohana Foundation to support environmental, art, and music education, which has directed grants and donations to over 400 non-profits around the world. Through her leadership roles on the boards of both the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation and Johnson Ohana Foundation, Kim has spearheaded efforts to build an Impact Investment strategy in order to align investments with mission and values, to support social and environmental impact, and to leverage influence as an investor to promote corporate sustainability.
As Jack’s manager, Kim has taken a lead role in advancing greening initiatives for all aspects of Jack Johnson’s touring, and has served as creative lead in the development of fan engagement campaigns through their All At Once social action network. Kim has participated in music industry panels including Pollstar and FestForums, and has recently joined the advisory board for REVERB, as part of an ongoing effort to take green touring practices to the next level industry-wide. Throughout all of these efforts, Kim & Jack strive to raise awareness in support of sustainable local food systems and plastic free initiatives.
Vice-President & Co-Founder
Jack Johnson grew up surfing and playing guitar in Hawaii. Since 2001, he has released 6 studio albums and 2 live albums that have sold over 25 million copies worldwide. Jack’s latest album, From Here To Now To You, debuted #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart, Johnson’s fourth chart toping album to date. His Brushfire Records label and touring crew have been leaders in the greening of the music industry and his All At Once social action network connects fans with local non-profits at each tour stop. Jack, with his wife Kim, founded the Kokua Hawaii Foundation to support environmental education in Hawaii's schools and communities, as well as the Johnson Ohana Foundation to support environmental, art and music education worldwide.
Prior to joining the Kokua Hawaii Foundation's board of directors, Carol Feinga spent 8 years as Kokua's Administrative Director and Recycling Program Director, helping the organization to expand it’s recycling program to K-12 schools statewide. Today, Carol continues her work as an environmental steward at Designs by AINA, a sustainable fashion and home furnishings company she founded recently. Carol also volunteers as a KHF AINA in Schools docent at Laie Elementary School and serves on the board of directors at Ko'olauloa Educational Alliance Corporation, Ko'olauloa Heath and Wellness Foundation, and the Laie Community Association. Carol enjoys bringing together people and resources to solve Hawaii’s environmental challenges. Born in Laie and educated at BYU Hawaii, Carol brings deep local knowledge, strong community ties, and a wealth of expertise in environmental education, business and marketing to Kokua's board.
Ruth Holmberg, former principal of Sunset Beach Elementary School, has been a supporter of the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation since its inception and has worked to develop many of the environmental programs that the foundation currently offers to local schools. She continues her support of education and the environment through her work with teacher leaders and administrators and membership on the board of the North Shore Outdoor Circle.
Ed’s restaurant, TOWN, is a lively gathering place guided by the mantra, "local first, organic whenever possible, with aloha always" and has received accolades in local and national press. Ed has been a member of the ʻĀINA In Schools Steering Committee since 2006, sits on the Board of Directors for MAʻO Organic Farms, and is on the Advisory Committee for Hogan Entrepreneurs, The Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiʻolani Community College, and The Culinary Arts Program at Leeward Community College.
Musician, ordained minister, Kawika Kahiapo is highly involved in cultural, educational, and environmental happenings in Hawaiʻi. Since his group Kaukahi performed at the 2005 Kōkua Festival, Kawika has accompanied Jack to many school assemblies to perform music and spread the message about caring for our islands and ocean. He also sits on the Board of Directors for North Shore Community Land Trust, PBS Hawaiʻi, and Hoʻolupa Foundation.
One of the founding board members of Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation, Blake has a background in law and is also an advisor to the North Shore Community Land Trust to help protect and preserve the natural beauty of the North Shore of Oʻahu.
Laura is a surfer, mother, and attorney with Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing. Laura loves Hawaiʻi and is thrilled at the opportunity to further environmental education for its young people and communities.
A founding board member of Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation, Julie Rene is a business manager with Provident Financial Management. She donates her expertise and time to oversee the Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation's accounting and socially-responsible green investments.
Owner of Summa Hawaiʻi, Bryce Sprecher is also founder and former owner of Oʻahu Community Recycling, a private curbside collection company that donates recyclables back to local schools. He has played a crucial role in developing Kōkua Hawaiʻi Foundation's 3R's Recycling Program.