Our Team

Brent Kakesako
Executive Director
Brent feels humbled to co-learn alongside communities across Hawai'i and beyond and blessed with an awesome team he supports as best he can. He is driven by his family upbringing, the connection he feels to this place, and his initial eye opening community engagement experiences. Brent also dabbled in supporting the startup ecosystem, founded a small consulting business, coaches wrestling, and wipes out a lot at Kewalo's. He received his J.D. from the William S. Richardson School of Law, an M.B.A. from the Shidler College of Business, and his Bachelors from Harvard University focused on the study of teams.
Keoki Noji
Chief Operating Officer
Keoki Noji is the Chief Operating Officer of HACBED and supervises the planning and execution of training and technical assistance activities. In addition, Keoki is responsible for grant writing, budgeting, and reporting. He has extensive experience and background with grant and project management, operation, and evaluation. Before coming to HACBED, Keoki was employed by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Program at Kapi‘olani Community College (KapCC) as the Marketing Coordinator.
Sean Tangco
Program Specialist
Sean Tangco is honored to work alongside the HACBED team and co-learn with all of its community partners. After finishing his graduate research in applied anthropology at San Diego State, he has focused on applying his research in identity politics and education in our community. He is committed to doing his part in the advancement of social justice. He believes his role is to contribute his passion for data collection/analysis, story telling, and community building to any project that aligns with this purpose.
Athena Esene
Administrative Assistant
Athena is HACBED's all star bookkeeper, ensuring that our accounting, administrative, and other behind-the-scenes needs are covered. She is also a proud wife and mother of three.
Chelsie Onaga
AmeriCorps VISTA
Chelsie is excited to be on the HACBED team as an AmeriCorps VISTA. She will graduate in May 2019 from the University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu with a BAS in Sustainable Community Food Systems. Prior to joining the team, she interned at MAʻO Organic Farms where she reconnected to ʻāina and grew a passion to care for ʻāina and the people. With her degree, she plans to find ways to address food security for all people and care for the ʻāina to ensure a future for the next generations.
Eden Jablon
AmeriCorps VISTA
Eden is grateful for the chance to learn from communities across Hawaiʻi and the HACBED team as a Community Planning Support VISTA. She values listening to stories, seeing new perspectives, and engageing with Hawaiʻi's rich cultural heritage. In her free time you can find her photographing Hawaiʻi's natural beauty, playing the Japanese flute (shakuhachi), and eating her way around the island. Eden completed a duel degree in English and East Asian Studies at Wesleyan University, where she was also a member of the Culture and Emotion Laboratory.

We mahalo the following former team members for their hard work and dedication:

Bob Agres · Paige Allen · Will Chen · Molly Chlebnikow · Jamie Cook · Ben Costigan · Brent Dillabaugh · Trung Doan · Anna Dorman · Kamuela Enos · Avemaoe Galeaʻi · Justin Fanslau · Maggie Flynn · Elwen Freitas · Sharde Freitas · Randy Gingras · Tony Hall · Hunter Heaivilin · John Higgins · Manish Joshi · Larissa Meinecke Kick · Derrick Kiyabu · James Koshiba · Malachi Krishok · Trevor La Torre-Couch · Vivienne Lee · Jay Mason · Gary Maunakea-Forth · Blake McElheny · Hermina Morita · Briana Monroe · Paula Nagao · Mika Okuno · Gaby Orantes · Tommy Otake · Vini Pabon · Kehau Padilla · Sang-Hyoun Pahk · Foley Pfalzgraf · Pi`ilani Pang · Joong-hee Park · Richard Pezzulo · Ethan Porter · David Rothwell · William Simmons · Padmendra Shrestha · Collin Siu · Susan Tamanaha · Lee Tokuhara · Hanale Vincent · David Washburn · Johnathan Yim