Dr. Akiemi Glenn, Executive Director
Akiemi is the founder and executive director of the Pōpolo Project. With genealogical ties to the forest and coastal areas currently known as North Carolina and Virginia, she is a PhD linguist whose research and work in Indigenous language revitalization in the Pacific and community-based culture education centers the experience of diaspora and the potential of radical connection for profound change.
Edward Hemphill, Creative Director
Born in Dallas, Texas, Edward is a writer, graphic designer, musician, and filmmaker whose work is driven by the creation and envisioning of a future that is informed by our past. As a writer, Edward has worked to communicate the mission and vision for various community organizations. Edward believes in the power of storytelling as a bridge between both people and possibilities.
Board of Directors
Jamila Jarmon, Board Chair
Jamila was raised in Honolulu and is a graduate of the George Washington University and William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. As a practicing attorney, Jamila has experience in civil litigation, real estate, poverty law, and environmental law. She has served on numerous boards and worked with many community organizations, including the Medical-Legal Partnership for Children in Hawai‘i and at the Domestic Violence Action Center. She is currently the Special Projects Manager at Elemental Excelerator, a clean tech growth accelerator based in Honolulu.
Prentis Hemphill, Secretary
Prentis resides on the windward side of the island of Oʻahu. Prentis is a community educator, writer, organizer, healer, and therapist who works at the intersections of healing and justice. As the former Healing Justice Director at Black Lives Matter, Prentis committed to supporting and nurturing the brilliant strategies of organizers and healers to address trauma, move through conflict and center wholeness in the BLM network and in the broader movement for Black freedom and liberation.
Joy Lehuanani Enomoto, Vice Chair
Joy was born in Inglewood, California to an African American, Caddo Indian, and Punjabi mother from Dallas, Texas and to a Hawaiian, Japanese, Scottish father from Makawao, Maui. Joy is a scholar, visual artist, educator, and activist. She was educated at the University of California at Berkeley and currently holds a master's degree in Library Information Science and is pursuing a second degree in Pacific Island Studies, both from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. In her scholarship, her art, and activism Joy is committed to working toward true liberation and demilitarization in Oceania.
Dwight Witlarge, Treasurer
Dwight was born in Guyana and raised in Montserat and Los Angeles, California and moved to Hawai‘i in 2005. He has been in the financial service industry since 2011 and holds three bachelor degrees in Business (Entrepreneurship, Finance, and International Business) from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa Shidler College of Business. He worked for several start up companies during his college career and is the principal at a successful investing firm, Avenir Alliance, LLC.