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Who We Are

Greg A. Seivert

Founder / Executive Director

Greg was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida.  In his youth, he earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest award in the Boy Scouts of America program.  He attended college at BYU-Hawaiʻi, and instantly decided the islands were his new home.  While exploring the best of Hawaiʻi’s outdoors, he earned his Bachelor’s Degree studying International Business and Teaching English.  He went on to become an Experiential Education Instructor, guiding teenagers through outdoor adventures, cultural experiences and service projects in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama and Hawaiʻi.  After many adventures abroad, he founded Hawaiʻi Outdoors Institute.  He feels the biggest contribution he can offer the world is to train its future leaders to appreciate and preserve the environment in which they live.  When he’s not thinking about Hawaiʻi Outdoors (which consumes about 95% of his thoughts), he’s either surfing, building surfboards, teaching his children to surf, or thinking about surfing.  greg@hawaiioutdoors.org

 

Harmony Seivert, MA.Ed, NBCT

Co-Founder / Director of Education

IMG_0397Harmony grew up in Modesto, California; a central location for adventures in both the mountains and the ocean. She has traveled and explored the wilderness areas of the U.S., Central America, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. She has tested her endurance through hiking and marathon running, and has been diving at many of the world’s best coral reefs. Also a BYU-Hawaiʻi graduate, she is happy to now call the islands “home.” With a Master’s Degree in Education from San Diego State University, she has taught and supervised teachers in public and private schools for 13 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, the highest certification a public school teacher can earn. She contributes to Hawaiʻi Outdoors Institute by creating hands-on lessons that combine natural science and cultural awareness. She collaborates with high school teachers, community college and university professors, and local field scientists to design interdisciplinary coursework for the 2015 semester school program. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, gardening, and playing outdoors with her three children.    harmony@hawaiioutdoors.org

Liana Murillo
 
Environmental Science Instructor
 
Liana is an Environmental Educator, Coordinator & Researcher dedicated to ridge to reef restoration practices in the Hawaiian Islands. She loves teaching in nature and facilitating connections between people and organizations for mutual benefit. With a background in ecosystem principals and collaborative management, Liana is also an avid scuba diver and hiker who thrives from her relationship to nature.
 
Liana has been an educator and researcher in Hawaii for over 8 years – from teaching preschool garden workshops to college lab classes in formal and informal settings. She received her Masters Degree from the University of Hawaii in Oceanography with a  specialization in coral reef ecology and biogeochemistry. Liana has worked within both the government and non-profit sectors of the environmental field and has focused on outreach, research and environmental restoration. Liana is a patient, open minded and empathetic leader who seeks opportunities for her team members and students to thrive within their own spotlight. 
 

‘Ilikea Arakaki

Field Instructor

I was born in Kailua, Hawai’i and raised in Provo, Utah. I graduated from Utah Valley University in Outdoor Recreation Management. I have previously worked in the outdoor industry in Utah, California, and Colorado. I am  passionate for outdoor education, providing equal opportunity for those who cannot afford outdoor experiences and educating people about the environment. I also loves cats, traveling, dancing, browsing YouTube, listening to podcasts and taking photos. If I could have any superpower it would to teleport.

ilikea@hawaiioutdoors.org

 

Samuel Benavides

Field Instructor

Sam is an outdoor enthusiast from Los Angeles, California, USA. He enjoys water sports like sailing, swimming, surfing, kayaking, and kayak.

He went to Alaska Pacific University and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Outdoor Studies with an emphasis in outdoor education and outdoor recreation. Since graduation, he has worked for the Boy Scouts of America, organizing and running outdoor programs and camps all over southern California. He also went back to Walt Disney World Resort and taught on the Living Seas with Nemo and Friends, Conservation Education Team. Here he was a part of educating youth in large scale public sessions about conservation throughout the parks. 

He furthered his interests in the recreation and tourism industry while working for Disney Cruise Lines Recreation Department in the Caribbean, the Bahamas, and the Mediterranean. He has also been a zip line/ecology guide for the Santa Catalina Island Zip Line Eco Tour on Catalina Island just off the coast of Los Angeles. He lived abroad in China’s Guanxi province, in Yangshuo, and taught various outdoor skills. Here he also performed the role of Program Enrichment Coordinator with the hopes to help further the education of youth in China by designing and implementing curriculum that was taught in outdoor settings and aligned with international education standards. Most recently he has performed a number of jobs throughout Hawai’i, including a therapy guide at Pacific Quest, a zipline guide at the Umauma Experience and now he is here at HOI!

 

Kali Norton

Intern

I am a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. I double majored with a B.S. in Recreation Administration and Youth Studies. I hope to use this degree to make a career for myself working with young people. I have a deep passion and love for collaborating with young people to create environments where fighting for social change is a norm. I am excited to be here with HOI where I can invoke the same appreciation I have of the outdoors and environmental stewardship into the students attending this awesome program. Since I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin I am a die-hard Packers and Bucks fan. If I could meet anyone in the world it would be the great Beyoncé Knowles-Carter.

 

 

Board of Directors

Brent Norris,  Green Collar Technologies

Meg Merrill, Play Again Film Producer