The Kohala Ditch Foundation is a functioning non-profit entity with an eight member Board of Directors. The Foundation’s all volunteer Board of Directors is a well-qualified group. 11-03-11 UPDATED KDF MISSION AND VISION
Bob is the Board President, is a lifelong resident of Hawai`i Island and Waimea. He is active in the community and serves on the following boards; The Kohala Center, Kanu o ka `aina Learning Ohana, Kipuka O Ke Ola Native Hawaiian Clinic, Waimea Middle School Local Advisory Panel, Laiopua 2020, Mellon-Hawai`i Scholars Committee, North Hawai`i Community Hospital, Pelatron Center for Economic Development and Kahua Pa`a Mua (a North Kohala non-profit). He is also a trustee with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs representing the Island of Hawai`i and the author of Latitude 20.04º NLongitude 155.71º W and The 5th of July.
Ed is the Vice President is the former Vice Director of Civil Defense for the State of Hawaii. Ed provided disaster assistance and fiscal oversight on behalf of the State and Federal Government on the restoration of the Kohala Ditch after the 2006 earthquake.
Scott is a retired Honolulu businessman, lives on Oahu but has family roots in Kohala that go back to the 1800’s.
Cheri was a member of the original ad hoc steering committee formed immediately after the earthquake and helped raise funds for the restoration. She has been a passionate ditch advocate instrumental in community awareness efforts since 2007. Cheri is a ditch water user and property owner along Kohala Ditch.
Ed is the owner of Cloverleaf Dairy here in North Kohala, one of the last remaining dairies in the islands and major user of water from Kohala Ditch. Ed was a member of the original ad hoc steering committee.
Guido has a strong background in real estate development and asset management. He is a former President of Kamehameha Investment Corporation and Director of Asset Management for Kamehameha Schools. Presently he provides consulting services to landowners and serves as a court-appointed receiver and commissioner in foreclosures and bankruptcies.
David Fuertes is presently Program Director for Ka Hana Noeau an affiliate of the Partners in Development Foundation. Both a farmer and rancher, he was born and raised on Kauai. Kohala and HI Island has been home for David for forty years. He is a former ag teacher with the State Department of Education and Deputy Managing Director with the County of Hawai`i. He is an advocate for building strong families, community, pride/sustainability, cultural preservation and malama `aina and is KDF’s newest board member.