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Meet our team, sponsors, and learn a bit about who we are

Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i started in 2010 with 8 friends sitting around a table in a small house in Kaimuki.

Inspired by our good friends Sustainable Coastlines in New Zealand, we decided to take keeping our beaches clean into our own hands while making the work fun. What we’ve learned along the way is that cleanups can only do so much. We now utilize our cleanups to inspire better consumer behaviors and continued coastal stewardship through cleanups, education, social media, and more.

We are run by a small full time staff and a large team of dedicated volunteers. Want to get involved in our core team? Show up at our next cleanup, introduce yourselves and show the extra effort. We’re always looking to grow our team.

Our Team

Meet the team that makes this possible

Staff

Rafael Bergstrom - Sustainable Coastlines Executive Director
Rafael Bergstrom

Executive Director

Rafael Bergstrom

Rafael Bergstrom

Executive Director

Rafael is passionate about the opportunities ahead of us to recreate a more sustainable world. He grew up with a family deeply connected to a sense of responsibility for protecting the natural world. Some of his earliest inspirations were weekends with his parents wandering the banks of the American River in Sacramento, CA where he would have the opportunity to interact with wildlife, ecological systems, and rattle snakes. Rafael is a graduate of University of Hawai‘i's Natural Resources and Environmental Management Masters of Science Program and served as the O‘ahu Chapter Coordinator for the Surfrider Foundation for 5 years before becoming the Executive Director of Sustainable Coastlines Hawai‘i in 2019. Rafael completed his BA in Communications with minors in Political Science and History at the University of California San Diego. He has also served as a Team Leader for the Hawaiian Youth Conservation Corps, founded the civic engagement workshop "Civics is Sexy", and has served on multiple plastic waste reduction committees at the State and County level. These collective experiences inspire his love for Hawai‘i, its people, its natural beauty.

Rafael is also an avid photographer, aspiring writer, and former professional baseball player (a pitcher in the Atlantic League and Israel Baseball League). His favorite things are a morning bodysurf at Makapu‘u, a wander on a jungle stream with his fiancé, or finding the time to read an inspiring book on a beach anywhere. Rafael continues to be inspired by the concepts of pilina, reciprocity, and knowing that we are perfectly imperfect.

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Raf, Raffa, Raffi, Bergy

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“The moral covenant of reciprocity calls us to honor our responsibilities for all we have been given, for all that we have taken. It’s our turn now, long overdue. Let us hold a giveaway for Mother Earth, spread our blankets out for her and pile them high with gifts of our own making. Imagine the books, the paintings, the poems, the clever machines, the compassionate acts, the transcendent ideas, the perfect tools. The fierce defense of all that has been given. Gifts of mind, hands, heart, voice, and vision all offered up on behalf of the earth. Whatever our gift, we are called to give it and to dance for the renewal of the world. In return for the privilege of breath.” — Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer

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Rachael Roehl

Director of Action

Rachael Roehl

Rachael Roehl

Director of Action

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Monica McLenigan

Inspiration Manager: Outreach and Communications

Monica McLenigan

Monica McLenigan

Inspiration Manager: Outreach and Communications

Monica McLenigan started off with Sustainable Coastlines Hawaiʻi back in 2017 as an intern and moved into a core volunteer role. Now, she is the Communications Manager and oversees media relationships, social channels, content creation, and marketing materials. After graduating from the North Carolina State College of Natural Resources with a degree in Ecosystem Assessment and concentration in marine and coastal resources, Monica relocated to Oʻahu to pursue work in the sustainability industry. In her free time, Monica enjoys any activity that will get her outdoors, time with friends and family, yoga, and dancing. In fact, she may even bust a move at an SCH cleanup if you play one of her favorite songs.

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Rebecca Mattos

Youth Education Coordinator

Rebecca Mattos

Rebecca Mattos

Youth Education Coordinator

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Paul Lecomte

Inspiration Manager: Education

Paul Lecomte

Paul Lecomte

Inspiration Manager: Education

Paul’s love story with Hawaii began in 2018, when the silhouette of O’ahu appeared on the horizon after a 6-month expedition in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. Paul and a crew of adventurers departed from Japan 165 days earlier to escort his uncle, long-distance swimmer Ben Lecomte, while completing the first trans-pacific dataset on plastic pollution. As they witnessed first-hand the destructive impact of our throwaway culture on the ocean and its wildlife, they engaged over 8 million people through the web-series and feature film, The Swim. After a second adventure through the North Pacific plastic vortex and an education tour around the world, he has arrived back to the island and the SCH’Ohana he fell in love with, determined to activate our collective power and reconnect our community with our lands and oceans.

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Hideki Kimukai

Education Specialist + Japanese Education Program Lead

Hideki Kimukai

Hideki Kimukai

Education Specialist + Japanese Education Program Lead

Hideki Kimukai has been a core volunteer for Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i since he joined in 2013. He has coordinated and completed dozens of international collaborative beach cleanups on O’ahu. He joined Sustainable Coastlines Hawai'i Education and Outreach team in 2018. Not only has he successfully educated local audiences, he has also excelled in outreach and education to international students, including Japan, Australia, and European countries. Hideki was born in Japan and lived in Japan until he began high school studies abroad in the US continent. He holds a B.S. degree in Secondary Education and holds a M.S. degree in Computer Information System from Florida Institute of Technology.

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Shaina Duran

Action Coordinator: Events & Operations

Shaina Duran

Shaina Duran

Action Coordinator: Events & Operations

Shaina Duran is the Action Coordinator at Sustainable Coastlines Hawai’i. This coordinator position relates to the Cleanups and Restoration Events Program, which includes Event Planning, Volunteer Coordination, and Office Operations. Shaina was born and raised on the West Side of O'ahu, in Mākaha. She attended Northern Arizona University where she got her B.S. in Environmental Science with an Emphasis in Management. In her free time, she enjoys drinking copious amounts of coffee, reading, spending time with her friends and family, and freediving for shells.

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A very expensive pair of sunglasses from Korea!

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Jasmine "Jazzy" Buerano

Inspiration Coordinator: Social Media & Communications

Jasmine "Jazzy" Buerano

Jasmine "Jazzy" Buerano

Inspiration Coordinator: Social Media & Communications

Jasmine Buerano, known to many as Jazzy, is an internationally grown storyteller. She grew up for most of her life in Hawai’i, splitting her time between Nu’uanu, O’ahu, and Waimea on Hawai’i Island, and lived in other places like Guam, Brunei Darussalam, and the Philippines. She began her journey with non-profit work at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California through a student-run Surfrider Club Chapter where she served as the Director of Media. After graduating with a BA in Communication Studies and a concentration in Environmental Studies in 2021, Jazzy moved home to Hawai’i, working in Hilo as a photographer and social media manager for a global lab that seeks to create innovative solutions for communities who need them most. Now, as the Inspiration Coordinator at SCH, she manages SCH social media platforms and is a community outreach specialist. When she isn’t taking photos or writing, Jazzy enjoys spending time outdoors with her family and friends, singing, and cooking for others.

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Jazzy

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I found part of a wig hahaha

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Steffi Ohashi

Sustain Events Program Coordinator

Steffi Ohashi

Steffi Ohashi

Sustain Events Program Coordinator

Whether it be backpacking, farming, hunting, or surfing Steffi’s many outdoor passions have led her to live a lifestyle that serves the environment. She is involved in waste diversion team which has inspired her and her partner to turn waste into a resource at their farm. For example, they collect fish carcasses from local fish restaurants to make natural fertilizer and use ghost nets to build trellises for their vegetables.

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Board of Directors

Jack Kittinger
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Senior Director of the Global Fisheries and Aquaculture Program in Conservation International's Center for Oceansboard

Wesley Wong
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Owner and Principal at Laulea Engineering, LLC

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Maxx Phillips
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Hawaii Director, Center for Biological Diversity

Mark Towill
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11th Hour Racing Team & The Ocean Race

Kahi Pacarro
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CEO of Parley for the Oceans & SCH Founder

Danya Hakeem
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Elemental Excellerator, Director of Innovation, Agriculture & Circular Economy

Mahalo to our Outgoing Board Chair, Justin Prestidge, for his dedicated service!

Co-Founders

Louise Pacarro
Jess Rohr
Liana Ho
Tristan Cummins
Caelyn Legere
Aaron "Rosie" Rosenblatt
Roscoe Fowler

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Aaron Char

Artist and Core Volunteer

Aaron Char

Aaron Char

Artist and Core Volunteer

Been with SCH since it’s first cleanup...Been the creator of some of SCH most popular fliers and t-shirts...All the things you see at cleanups has made me committed and passionate about SCH and it’s mission...

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Lauren Adelman

Core volunteer and in-house chef

Lauren Adelman

Lauren Adelman

Core volunteer and in-house chef

As an all around lover of the ocean, meeting a group of like minded friends 10 years ago, made it a no brainer to share in the passion for taking care of our marine environment through pitching in as one of the first core volunteers for Sustainable Coastlines HI. Early on, I supported the mission by creating keiki art activities at cleanups centered on the idea of caring for our coastlines on the beaches and at home as a way to inspire our next generation. Later, I tapped into my chef background, packed up my traveling kitchen, and supported by feeding our hungry crew averaging about 30 coastal caring humans. This job usually consisted of cooking over fire, in the elements to satisfy our hardworking crew. There is nothing better than cooking under the stars for a crew of people that I truly resonate with. Currently, as a new mom, I look forward to sharing this passion and caring for our ocean environment with my son for his future generation.

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Ken G Kosada

Core Volunteer, Photographer, and Videographer

Ken G Kosada

Ken G Kosada

Core Volunteer, Photographer, and Videographer

I'm from the Big Island and I grew up in the country on an avocado farm with natural beauty all around. My passions are Video, Photography, capturing that beauty all around us, but also saving that beauty for many generations into the future. Aloha.

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Alika Vaquer

Core Volunteer

Alika Vaquer

Alika Vaquer

Core Volunteer

Born in Hi, raised in France. I fix old V-Dubs and pretty much anything I find. I hate waste and non durable goods. I love cleaning beaches and come up with solutions on the spot along hard working folks.

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Claudia Mueller

Core volunteer

Claudia Mueller

Claudia Mueller

Core volunteer

Claudia is a marketing specialist and environmental manager who loves to volunteer with action-focused organizations like SCH, supporting audacious ocean expeditions like The Vortex Swim or running crazy world-record underwater and remote cleanups in Australia, where she's currently stuck down under but can't wait to be back on the beach with SCH soon.

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Marissa Miller

Core Volunteer, Waste Diversion Educator, and Data Ninja

Marissa Miller

Marissa Miller

Core Volunteer, Waste Diversion Educator, and Data Ninja

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Caitlyn McCall

Core Volunteer and Artivist Extraordinaire

Caitlyn McCall

Caitlyn McCall

Core Volunteer and Artivist Extraordinaire

Caitlyn McCall is a coffee-lover and senior at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa pursuing a B.A. in Sustainability. Her time with SCH started in March 2020 as an education intern. In November of 2021, she joined SCHtaff as an administrative assistant and education specialist. She coordinates and leads education events. Caitlyn specializes in upcycling micro-plastic workshops with keiki to teach them about plastic pollution and creative solutions. On her days off, she enjoys thrifting, skating around town, making fruity drinks, freediving, and hiking on the east side. Before her time with SCH, Caitlyn had six years of volunteer experience with the non-profit organization, National Charity League Inc. She served as the Vice President of Programs, Vice President of Philanthropies, and Board Member of the philanthropy Main Street Attraction. Main Street Attraction is a second-hand retail store that inspired Caitlyn to pursue an interest in sustainable fashion. Her environmental sciences background began at the Program of Environmental Science and Sustainability National Student Leadership Conference hosted at the University of Washington in 2017. She continued her education at the University of Oregon, where she was an Eco-Representative for freshman dorms, resided in the Environmental Leaders Living Community, and a sustainability center volunteer. Caitlyn presented collaborative research at the University of Oregon's 2018 Undergraduate Research Symposium on the Externalities of Fast Fashion.

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Liz Plascencia

Core volunteer, educator, and waste diversion crew member

Liz Plascencia

Liz Plascencia

Core volunteer, educator, and waste diversion crew member

My name is Liz Plascencia (she/her/hers) and I support SCH through the Education Program and Waste Diversion Team. Currently, I am pursuing a Master in Environmental Management at the Yale School of the Environment. My experience volunteering with SCH helped to inspire my specialization in plastic pollution policy and coastal management. Ultimately, I aspire to integrate environmental justice throughout coastal climate resiliency projects. I am a proud First-Generation Mexican American from Los Angeles, California. In my spare time, I enjoy free diving, skateboarding, sailing, backpacking, and surfing!

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Moriah Prescia

Core volunteer and waste diversion crew member

Moriah Prescia

Moriah Prescia

Core volunteer and waste diversion crew member

Hi there! I’m Mo, and I am currently pursuing a BA at Connecticut College in Anthropology, with a double minor in Environmental Studies and Film Studies. I previously spent several years as an Urdu language translator in the Air Force. That experience guides my interests at the intersection of environmental and human rights impacts of militarism and colonialism. SCH helped foster a love for community-based activism and education and continues to be an influential experience in my environmental journey.

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Kari Goodbar

Core Volunteer, Marine Debris Rapid Responder

Kari Goodbar

Kari Goodbar

Core Volunteer, Marine Debris Rapid Responder

Although I lack the southern accent, I was born and raised in Georgia. I’ve always been drawn to the ocean despite my landlocked upbringing, and I’ve been actively involved in cleaning beaches on O’ahu since I moved here in 2015. The amount of marine debris I’ve witnessed in that time has been a total wake up call to action. My educational background is in behavioral psychology, so I thoroughly appreciate how SCH combines coordinated debris removal efforts with community education and engagement in order to facilitate human behavior change. I’m excited to support this awesome community of ocean loving individuals.

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Eddie Robinol

Core volunteer and Operations Intern

Eddie Robinol

Eddie Robinol

Core volunteer and Operations Intern

I was raised in central Oahu and I spent a lot of my time growing up at the beach. Just like SCH, I have a passion to preserve our beaches and coastlines. I want to inspire others to enjoy what the ocean provides for us while caring for it, now, so our kids and everyone after us can enjoy the ocean and all it has to offer them when we're gone.

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Conrad Morgan

Core volunteer, photographer, and Tik Tok content creator

Conrad Morgan

Conrad Morgan

Core volunteer, photographer, and Tik Tok content creator

Aloha, my name is Conrad Morgan. I'm born and raised in Kailua, Oahu and am an avid bodysurfer. I am attending Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California where I am double majoring in communications and Environmental Studies. The majority of my free time is spent in the water or picking up trash off of the shore. The ocean is what gives me joy and drive in life and I want to do everything I can protect it so that my children and grandchildren can experience it in the same way I have. Growing up in Hawaii I have seen how connected we are to our oceans and land, a connection that has been lost for most of humanity, and I aim to do my part in reconnecting humanity to our beautiful natural world.

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Madison Willard

Core volunteer, Marine Debris Rapid Responder, and Educator

Madison Willard

Madison Willard

Core volunteer, Marine Debris Rapid Responder, and Educator

After high school I moved from my hometown in Virginia to go to University in London and attain my BA in International Development with NGO management. I not only gained a degree but a deep passion for human rights and the health of the planet. In recent years I was able to teach children in Peru English and about the environment. Due to COVID, I decided to finish the last few months of my degree in Hawaii and after lockdown I stayed, started doing beach clean ups, learning video editing and doing net removals with SCH. Plastic pollution is the biggest threat humanity faces and SCH’s work in the community is powerful and necessary. I aim to help create, innovate, and put in the hands on work needed to see SCH’s mission come to life.

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Danae Naone

Animations Intern

Danae Naone

Danae Naone

Animations Intern

Danae Naone is a senior animation student at UH Mānoa. She is a strong advocate of the health of our environment and is stoked to be working on educating others through her animated clips.

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