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Meet the squad

Tina G., Host

Tina is a writer, activist, and academic from Mililani. As an Uchinanchu (Okinawan) woman born and raised in occupied Hawaiʻi, she is passionate about building decolonial futures rooted in

Indigenous placed-based knowledge. After completing her MA in Indigenous Politics at UH Mānoa, she spent the last five years in Melbourne, Australia, where she began her PhD in Global, Urban, and Social Studies at RMIT University. Her work examines Hawaiʻi’s housing crisis through an aloha ʻāina lens. Back home after too long away, Tina is feeling whole, and ready to fight for a better future for Hawaiʻi. She is a lecturer in UH Mānoa’s Political Science Department, a board member with Hawaiʻi Peace and Justice, and has been working with the Cancel RIMPAC Coalition to demilitarize Hawaiʻi and Oceania. Her mantra these days is: Decolonize, deoccupy, demilitarize… then surf!

Carly R., Research

Upon graduating with a BA in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College, Carly planted her roots as a science teacher at Waiʻanae High School. Carly is originally from Baltimore, Maryland and brings research skills from assisting biodiversity projects in South Africa to conducting environmental justice research in connection to energy corporations and coal ash disposal. Carly is excited to learn more about storytelling and organizing from the RCR team and is committed to environmental justice. She is grateful to be a member of the podcast. In her free time, Carly is slowly but surely learning how to free dive and is always down for a hike!

Anna C., Social Media

Born and raised in Malaysia, Anna is an organizer-in-learning and undergraduate student at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Pursuing a double major in Peace & Conflict Studies and Psychology has guided her to tread various paths that encompass activism, education, and advocacy on Oʻahu, one of which led her to join the RCR family. Anna’s cultural roots and upbringing in Southeast Asia sprouted the community-centered approach that is embedded in her passions and commitments.

Access to education has allowed Anna to connect with a wide spectrum of people with intersectional identities and stories, and these experiences shape her lifelong responsibility to fight for systemic change and decolonial justice in Hawaiʻi, back home, and beyond. Anna currently organizes with the Hawaiʻi Youth Climate Coalition, AiKea, and Hoʻohuli Youth. She finds her balance through the joys in life that come with eating hearty vegan food, slow hikes, finding new music, and binging ASMR videos.

Kirsten K., Communications

Kirsten is passionate about helping the do good-ers of the islands succeed, but recognizes that the issues that our communities face are often complex—so she strives to demystify the issues at hand and help communities build their power to care for their home and resources. Kirsten is currently the Strategic Communications Manager for the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi and was a Marine Conservation Fellow at The Nature Conservancy of Hawaiʻi, a Kupu Hawaiʻi Youth Conservation Corps alumni, and holds a BS in Marine Biology from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. A diy-er at heart, Kirsten also teaches community yoga classes and enjoys hiking, diving and vegan baking. Now rooted on Kauaʻi, she spends her time homesteading and cuddling her dog, two cats and Sunny the bunny.

Lauren B.W, Producer

Lauren is a third-generation working-class Chicana and poet from East Los Angeles. Her identity informs her passion for justice and storytelling. She currently works for the Sierra Club Oʻahu Group as Program Manager and has found a profound sense of purpose in centering the work around justice; exposing ugly truths about our systems and co-create a better way forward.

After graduating from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, she worked with UNITE HERE Local 5 labor union and learned how to connect deeply rooted values to movement building. During time in L.A, Lauren spent time at a Latinx theater collective that celebrated the unique voices of women and since moving back, she volunteers withHawai‘i Playbuilders - a local, community-based theatre company. Lauren is a vegan foodie, reality show binger, and proud mama to Liliana Grace.

Marti T.

Marti’s mission is to build a movement to reverse the climate crisis. She is currently the director for the Sierra Club of Hawaiʻi and in her previous posts with The Outdoor Circle, KAHEA: The Hawaiian Environmental Alliance, Earthjustice and the Hawaiʻi State Capitol, she has been instrumental in establishing Hawaiʻi’s Environmental Court, protecting Mauna Kea’s conservation district from overdevelopment, establishing the Papahānaumokuakea Marine National Monument (and Northwestern Hawaiian Islands State Refuge), and combating environmental racism. She is a graduate of University of Hawaiʻi’s William S. Richardson School of Law, Boston University, and Moanalua High School. She is married with three kids. As a result, she has the patience of a saint, a knack for fixing broken things, and extreme sleep deprivation. Marti loves her job, but can’t wait for the world to be saved so she can kick-off her dream career as a stand-up comic.