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Nick Kawelakai Farrant
Coastal Community Resilience Specialist
MS Natural Resources and Environmental Management, UH Mānoa
BA Interdisciplinary Studies (Community Planning), UH Mānoa
BA ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (Hawaiian Language), UH Mānoa
Nick Kawelakai Farrant

66-632 Kamehameha Hwy., Rm 203
Haleiwa, HI 96712

Nick Kawelakai Farrant is an extension agent jointly serving Hawaiʻi Sea Grant and the North Shore Community Land Trust, a Haleʻiwa, Hawaiʻi-based non-profit organization. At present, Kawela devotes the majority of his effort to implementing resilience initiatives on a 35-acre coastal, freshwater wetland restoration site in Waialeʻe, Oʻahu. These efforts include restoring and protecting native species; refurbishing traditional Kanaka Maoli (native Hawaiian) agricultural and aquacultural infrastructure, including Kalou Fishpond and 20 acres of loʻi kalo; and initiating community outreach and education projects. Ultimately, the vision for Waialeʻe is to restore a resilient and abundant bio-cultural landscape which considers all aspects and residents of the place. Kawela also supports similar community-based coastal restoration projects at Kalaeokaunaʻoa (Kahuku Point) and Paumalū (Sunset Beach).

Kawela is a lifelong resident of the North Shore of Oʻahu and prior to his current role, he worked with NSCLT in various capacities for eight years. As such, he has a deep passion for the region and addressing the environmental, economic, social, and cultural issues it faces alongside coastal communities globally.