Hawaiʻi Hui

Regional Leaders

Justin Umholtz


Justin Umholtz

Education Coordinator
Mokupāpapa Discovery Center, National Marine Sanctuary Foundation
Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument



Beth Lenz

Assistant Director for Diversity and Community Engagement, Diversity Specialist, and Graduate Scholar Program Coordinator
Hawaiʻi Sea Grant

Theresa Hernandez


Theresa Fernandez

Bilingual Educational Technician
Haleakalā National Park
National Park Service



Laura Cummings

Teacher, Hawaiʻi State Department of Education
NOAA and National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation Fellow

Leon Geschwind


Leon Geschwind

Education and Outreach Specialist
NOAA Inouye Regional Center
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Ariel photo of a bay backed by steep forested mountains
He‘eia National Estuarine Research Reserve on O‘ahu, Hawai‘i. (Photo: Manuel Mejia, The Nature Conservancy)


The Hawai‘i Hui serves informal educators, interpreters, and teachers throughout the state of Hawai‘i.

This team attended the Earth to Sky Academy in October 2022 (see selection announcement). Earth to Sky regional teams go through a competitive application process and are invited to travel to NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center for a week of training in NASA climate science, communication techniques, and Earth to Sky methodology. After completing the Academy, each team offers one or more climate communication courses in their region, while serving as a resource and focal point for their community of interpreters and informal educators on an ongoing basis.

Courses led:

  • 2024 Earth to Sky course, including back to back workshops on Oʻahu and Hawaiʻi Island. Course page (for registered community members).

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