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Board of Directors
 

The Kahilu Theatre Foundation would not be here today without the hard work of its committed board members.

Mahalo Nui Loa to the Board of Directors.


Mimi Kerley – President

Mimi Kerley is a small business owner and mom of two who returned to the Big Island in 2009 after living and working on the US mainland and abroad. She was born and raised in Waimea, graduated from Parker High School, and then attended college in Colorado where she received her BS in Information Systems and International Business. She began her career with Cambridge Technology Partners, a technology consulting company, working with clients around the world. Eventually, Mimi joined a small partnership that focused on user experience and graphics design. After spending 20 years off-island, she was ready to come home to start her family.

Mimi was involved with the Kahilu Theatre since its inception in 1981 as a young actor, usher and then summer arts teacher. When the opportunity arose to become a member of the Kahilu Board of Directors, Mimi was eager to get involved and support the Theatre that had been a significant part of her upbringing. Both of her parents (Nora and Everett Knowles) were prior board members and had instilled in Mimi the value that the arts, and Kahilu specifically, offers to our community. Mimi’s love for her community and the arts is the driving force behind her involvement on the board. She is also a board member at Parker School and enjoys supporting other important community projects.

Mimi lives in Waimea with her husband Brian, and their two young children.
Monique Allison – Vice President, Internal Affairs

Monique was born and raised in Southern California. She received her BS in Accounting from San Diego State University and studied abroad in Paris to feed her yearning for travel and culture. Monique started her career with a four-year stint as a public accountant for a firm in California. After relocating to the Big Island more than twenty years ago, she joined the development team at Hualalai Resort. For sixteen years she rose through the ranks to become the VP of Finance for both Hualalai and the neighboring resort of Kona Village. After leaving Hualalai, Monique ran her own consulting firm before transitioning to non-profit organizations. She now works for Kohala Institute at ‘Iole in Kapa‘au as their Director of Finance and Administration.

Monique is grateful to be a part of the Kahilu Theatre Board team helping to support their mission and values in giving back to the community.  Monique accepted the invitation to join the board in part because of how the youth performances had impacted her daughter who attended Kahilu performances as early as pre-school.  Monique lives in Waimea with her daughter Angelique, who attends HPA.
Sherm Warner – Vice President, Governance

Sherm Warner, a four-time Tony Award winner, began his thirty-year career in professional theatre in 1968 in Las Vegas, where he was the production stage manager of HAIR. Following that adventure, he spent three years at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park before moving to New York where he was a founding partner of Dodger Productions, one of Broadway’s most active and successful producing and general management companies. Serving on the Kahilu Theatre’s Board of Directors completes a full circle for Sherm. His interest in theatre began around 1960 when, as an HPA student in Waimea, he saw his first live theatrical production of three early one-act plays by Eugene O’Neill, staged at the first Kahilu Theater, which is now Parker School’s theatre in the center of our town.

Sherm and his wife live in Waimea.
Jon Staub – Vice President, External Affairs

Jonathan Staub was born in Hawai‘i and raised in San Francisco and Honolulu. Prior to his retiring and moving to Kamuela in 2012, he was a partner at Philpotts and Associates, an interior design firm in Honolulu. He became a Kahilu Theatre board member in 2014. He is excited to participate in an organization that has both the objective and ability to share the arts in our schools. He truly believes that art, music and dance are essential in the developing critical thinking skills in children. Access to these arts is the key in developing the capacity to think outside the box, as well as to give children that do not fit into the status quo another access point.

He is confident that Kahilu Theatre will play an integral role in bringing the arts to our Hawaiian Island communities.
Beth Dunnington – Secretary

After growing up in Boston and receiving a BFA in Acting from Emerson College, Beth Dunnington lived in New York for twenty-five years, working as an actor/singer and a writer, before moving to the Big Island with her family in 2007. In Hawai‘i she directs concerts and musicals, performs, teaches acting and musical theater, and writes. Beth wrote and starred in "Que Suenes Con Las Angelitas," a performance piece she collaborated on with choreographer Angel Prince, which debuted at Kahilu Theatre and later toured the Hawaiian Islands. They recently performed it at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC, for APAP. Beth directed the Kahilu Youth Troupe productions of “Sondheim And Friends,” “Broadway In Hawai‘i,” “Back To Broadway,” “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "Godspell," and "Grease." She was an actor in the Kahilu’s “The Vagina Monologues” and recently played the roles of the Witch in “Into The Woods” and Madame Armfeldt in “A Little Night Music” for the Hawai‘i Performing Arts Festival, where she serves on the faculty as both an acting teacher and stage director. She is a published author and spent many years writing animated series for television. She was part the Emmy Award-winning team of writers on Steven Spielberg’s “Tiny Tunes.” With Iva Peele, Beth co-wrote and co-directed “The Road To Q’ero: a journey home,” an award-winning documentary film that was shown in 2012 as part of the Waimea Ocean Film Festival. She regularly leads her “Women’s Writing Workshop” in Waimea, and travels to the mainland — LA, Boston, Carmel, and other cities — with her “Big Island Writers’ Workshop.” For six years she was the acting teacher for K-Arts, and she has the great pleasure of being an acting teacher for the Kahilu Performing Arts Classes and the director of the Kahilu Youth Troupe.

Beth is married to developer Steve Dunnington and is the proud mother of two terrific theatre kids — Marena and Sean.

 
Mike Bennett – Director

Mike Bennett was raised in Hilo and on O‘ahu, and also in the San Francisco Bay Area.  He earned his BA from the University of California at Berkeley majoring in American Studies, writing his thesis on the relationship between the Grateful Dead and Ken Kesey.  As an avid music fan, Mike has volunteered his time with the Vans Warped Tour, the Treasure Island Music Festival, and the Noise Pop Music Festival in San Francisco, as well as the Hawai‘i Song Writers Festival on the Big Island. In 2015 and 2016 Mike co-produced three Sonny Chillingworth Tribute shows featuring Makana. Mike is excited to bring his ideas and energy to the Kahilu Theatre’s Board of Directors. 

Mike and his wife, Mele, own Pau Restaurant and live in Waimea.
Carol Davies – Director

Carol was born and educated in England and ventured west in 1968. She lived in California and Singapore before moving to the Big Island in 2003. Her professional career spanned 32 years as a research scientist at NASA, starting from the Apollo moon landings, to Mars Missions and spacecraft visits to the outer planets. She has been an active patron of the Kahilu Theatre for many years and is enthusiastic about the role that theatre and arts play in the community. She believes we are never too young nor too old to learn and enjoy what theatre, music, dance and art can teach us.

In addition to her role on the Kahilu Board of Directors, Carol is very involved in supporting other activities in the community. These include the Hawai‘i Performing Arts Festival, the Waikoloa Bridge Club, and volunteering as a docent at the Keck Observatory, where she explains why Pluto really had to be demoted. She loves sports, scuba diving, and traveling to the many wondrous regions of the world.

Carol resides with her husband Clive along the Kohala Coast.
Clive Davies – Director

Clive was born in London, England and received his PhD in Physics at the University of Reading. He adventured to Silicon Valley in 1968 and worked for three Silicon Valley companies during the technology revolution of the last 35 years. In 1982 he joined a start up and as part of the management team he helped build a very successful NASDAQ listed company. He retired as its president in 2003 and has been a resident of Hawai‘i since then. In the late 70’s he lived in Singapore and managed companies in Hong Kong and Singapore. That experience was truly eye opening and made it possible to travel extensively within South East Asia and to experience new cultures and customs in many different countries. His interest in travel has never diminished.

As an individual who has enjoyed the arts for many years, he was intrigued and honored to be invited to participate on the Board of the Kahilu Theatre and to watch the entire process of managing a theatre from within rather than as a member of the audience. Clive is delighted to offer his business expertise to Kahilu’s multi-talented Board, staff and volunteers to not only continue providing exciting and diverse shows and arts education, but also to help keep the theatre on a sound financial footing.

He is married to Carol and they have two grown children who live in California. They are enjoying their six grandchildren who love to visit the Big Island of Hawai‘i at any time.
Mahina Duarte – Director

Mahinapoepoe Duarte hails from the verdant lands of Mailikukahi, O‘ahu. She is a student of fishponds, wa‘a and hula. Mahina, an avid social entrepreneur, has served Hawai‘i’s communities as the founding executive director of Paepae o He‘eia; as a co-founding Hawai‘ian language immersion teacher of Samuel Manaiakalani Kamakau school; and as a Policy Manager with NOAA Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument. She was also the former Head of School with Halau Ku Mana Public Charter School and currently is the secondary Head of School of Kanu o ka Aina in Waimea, Hawai‘i.  Her passion is to collaboratively work in systems that will restore and advance the well being and prosperity of Hawai‘i’s people and places.  And in this spirit, Mahina is both humbled and honored to serve on Kahilu’s Board of Directors to further the Theatre’s mission and role of bringing Indigenous and International arts to the community.

Mahina and her husband live in the upland forests of Holualoa, Kona.
Zaheva Knowles – Director

Zaheva S. Knowles is the Executive Director of the West Hawai‘i Mediation Center. Prior to joining the Mediation Center, she was an Associate in the Litigation Department at Cades Schutte LLP.  Zaheva has also served as Communications Director at Time for Change Foundation, a non-profit serving homeless women and children in Southern California, and was a staff attorney at the Disability Rights Legal Center at Loyola Law School for two years. She also worked for several years as a litigation associate with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, LLP, in New York City, and was a law clerk for the Honorable Julian Abele Cook, Jr. in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Zaheva joins her sister-in-law and Board President, Mimi Kerley, in her commitment to supporting the arts and arts-education on Hawai‘i Island. Having spent her childhood on the Big Island, Zaheva is passionate about helping to create and sustain a vibrant, thriving community for all Hawai‘i families. 

She lives with her husband David and their son in Waimea, Hawai‘i.
Ron Meyer – Director

Born and raised in Iowa, Ron Meyer attended Stanford University and earned his A.B. degree in economics. He received a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School.

After law school, Ron first served as a law clerk to a United States District Judge in San Francisco. In 1977 he joined the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP in Los Angeles where he practiced commercial litigation, with particular emphasis on complex financial and contractual transactions. Ron and his family moved to the Big Island in June 2010. He retired from practicing law in March 2016 and joined the Kahilu Theatre Board of Directors in 2017. In his role at the Kahilu Theatre, Ron looks forward to furthering the mission of our organization to be the performance venue of choice for both artists and audiences alike.

Ron and his wife, Suli Go, a chemist, live on the Kohala Coast and have one daughter.
Chadd Paishon – Director

Chadd Onohi Paishon is a 25 year veteran of the modern voyaging canoe movement in Hawai‘i and the Pacific that connects communities, schools, students, teachers, and visitors to the responsibilities and values carried by ancestors of the Polynesians aboard their voyaging canoes and their relevance in today's society.

Chadd is one of the builders of Hawai‘i island's voyaging canoe, Makali‘i, as well as a crew member of the Polynesian Voyaging Society’s Hokule‘a. Chadd is also the Senior Captain of Na Kalai Wa‘a, the 501C(3) non-profit entity based in Waimea that oversees the operations and education programs of the Makali‘i.

Chadd can be found speaking at many community and cultural events as well as at schools and colleges throughout Hawai‘i. Chadd has presented at national and international conferences in education, health and the environment.

In 2007 Chadd was formally recognized and awarded the rank of Pwo or Master Navigator, by Pius Mau Piailug along with four other men from Hawai‘i Nainoa Thompson, Shorty Bertelmann, Bruce Blankenfeld, and Kalepa Baybayan.

Chadd joined the Kahilu Theatre Foundation Board to continue to connect and support the community, culture and education with the theatre. Chadd’s first project as a Board member was the “Mele Mural” project that highlights the connection of Waimea’s culture and community through art that now graces the walls of Kahilu Theatre. Chadd looks to continue and support the great work that Kahilu Theatre Foundation is a part of in Waimea and on our island.

 
 
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