Team SOS

Lisa Hinano Rey
Masters of Science Sustainable Management

Hinano has a diverse background in business development, natural resource management, cultural resource management, sustainability, community based management and finance.  She is alumni of UH Manoa where she earned her B.S. in Natural Resource and Environmental Management, Marine Option Certificate and Certificate in Tahitian Language.

Hinano maintains strong connections with her grandfather’s land of origin, Tahiti in the South Pacific, through language, (Reo Tahiti) and culture. In addition to consulting, she conducts citizen science training in the community for both educators and youth, teaching them to investigate and collect scientific data to address issues around water quality at the watershed scale.

Hinano has worked on Environmental Policy issues at the local level for various organizations, Conservation Council for Hawaii, Hawaii Reef Ocean Coalition, and Environmental Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. She was also a participant in host committee for the IUCN Congress in 2016.

 

Vehia Wheeler
Master of Arts in Pacific Island Studies / Certificate in Environmental Planning

J. Vehia Wheeler is a trained Urban Planner in Pacific Environmental Planning from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  She has done research with the University of Hawai’i and University of French Polynesia.

Vehia was born and raised in Hawai’i, and has ancestral roots to Mo’orea and Mangareva, French Polynesia.  Her upbringing has instilled a passion for healthy and balanced (pono) island environments, which led her to be a trained Urban Planner in Pacific Environmental Planning from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.  
In her research approaches and community engagements, she prioritizes and centers indigenous knowledges of her tupuna, the indigenous people from Tahiti.  Her work has varied from community volunteering with local environmental organizations in Mo’orea, French Polynesia to research with the University of Hawai’i and University of French Polynesia.

Her commitment to a better ecologically managed Oceania has been recognized by the Obama Foundation in 2019, where she was selected as an Obama Foundation Asia-Pacific Emerging Leader for French Polynesia.

Raya Salter Esq.
Energy & Environmental Law & Policy

Raya Salter is an attorney, consultant, educator and clean energy law and policy expert. She focuses her work on energy law and regulation for the purpose of equitably decarbonizing the energy sector. She practices in multiple jurisdictions, including Hawaii and New York. Her clients have included Henk Rogers and the Ulupono Initiative. Raya was also an attorney for the State of Hawaii with the legislative reference bureau, where she authored and revised both legislation and the laws of the State.