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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.


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 two children.

Sasja Zanen

Field Instructor

P1100893Sasja grew up where the sea met the sky on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest.  Here, she loved to adventure into the mountains barefoot and explore the ocean on surf boards and sea kayaks.  She worked for many years as a wilderness guide, life guard, swim instructor and triathlon coach in her community while putting herself through McGill University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies.  Her love of the outdoors and of teaching led her to complete a Bachelors of Education degree in Outdoor and Experiential Education from Queen’s University with a focus on marine education.  At Hawaiʻi Outdoors Institute, she looks forward to sharing her passion for Hawaiʻi with youth, while leading them through challenging and empowering wilderness activities with attentiveness and a commitment to their well being. She believes that the calm steadiness outdoor education can teach is essential to becoming a successful person and a good citizen. While she is not working as a field instructor, Sasja enjoys her time spent camping, surfing and playing the piano.

David M. Cole, MS

Lead Teacher

IMG_1154“Kumu” David is the lead teacher for our Ahupua’a Environmental Science class.  With a BS in Environmental Studies (University of California Santa Cruz) and a MS in Forest Resources and Conservation (University of Florida; Gainesville), he has a wealth of knowledge on current conservation issues.  As a PhD candidate in the Botany department at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa, his knowledge of the local flora enhances his ability to engage students when teaching “in the field.”

David has lived and worked in California, Florida, New York, Peru, and throughout the State of Hawai’i.  Highlights of his career include 2 years of research experience with USGS at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park plus 4 years experience teaching environmental science, natural history and botany field courses in community colleges on O’ahu and Hawai’i Island.  Students appreciate his hands-on approach and have described his instructional methods as “challenging, yet awesome” and “enjoyable AND educational.” He lives what he teaches in a solar-powered home with an extensive tropical garden.  He enjoys hiking and camping around the Big Island with his wife and two sons.

Board of Directors

Brent Norris,  Green Collar Technologies

Meg Merrill, Play Again Film Producer