|Jim was born in Hershey, PA and grew up around the Harrisburg area. He studied Environmental Science/Ecology (education) at Millersville University before embarking on 20+ years of professional alpine ski instruction/coaching. His most recent position was as Head Coach/Program director of Meadows Race Team on Mt. Hood, Oregon. He is also a former PSIA-NW Divisional clinic leader. Summer months gave him the opportunity for various jobs: He worked in Alaska on salmon tenders, in New Zealand at Cardrona Ski resort, as a bicycle guide around the western US, and at Big Winds in Hood River, Oregon as a SUP instructor and guide in the Columbia River Gorge. Along the way he got lucky and met his wife, who ended up taking a teaching job here on Oahu. Jim is returning to the University of Hawaii to finish his studies. He is an avid outdoor “recreationalist” and sports fanatic. You name it he does it, watches it, and/or knows about it 🙂 He Surfs and SUPs as much as his free-time allows. Loves to travel, read, play chess ,taste wine, drink good beer and discuss current theories in cosmology with anyone who will engage.|
|Ken grew up in Texas and was an avid suburban outdoorsman (climbing trees, looking for arrowheads, collecting mosquito bites). He attended the University of South Carolina on a soccer scholarship and graduated with degrees in English and teaching. Done with hot weather he moved to the mountains of Colorado and then, done with cold weather, joined the US Army at the tender age of 34, and can still do a couple of push-ups. He cherishes being outside, loves listening to vinyl records on his phonograph, welcomes polysyllabic answers to monolithic problems and had always wanted to live in Hawaii because if it was good enough for the Brady Bunch (and Alice) then it’s good enough for him…. Truly paradise…|
|Levent spent his childhood growing up in Southeast Asia, exploring volcanoes, exotic islands, and lush tropical rainforests. This led to him to develop a deep love for nature at an early age. In school his favorite subjects were biology and geography, as he loved learning about animals, the environment, and how the earth worked. After finishing high school, Levent decided to make the move to the United States for college, where his love of the natural world led him to pursue a degree in geology at the University of Miami in Florida. Upon receiving his Bachelor’s, he went on to complete a Master of Science degree in geology at The Ohio State University, where he focused on submarine landslides and salt tectonics. After having to endure two brutally cold winters in Ohio, Levent felt the time was right to move back to the tropics, and Hawaii seemed like the right place. Hawaii was always a place he held close to his heart as his godmother is from Oahu, which meant he often spent summers visiting the islands as a child. First, Levent settled on Hawaii Island where he led volcano tours, giving people an up-close and personal experience with lava and Madam Pele. Eventually though, he wanted yet another change in scenery and made the short jump over to Oahu. Here, Levent enjoys guiding tours and sharing the beautiful nature that the island has to offer with guests from all over the world. When he is not showing people the islands spectacular sites, he likes to spend his time on the ocean trying to befriend humpback whales, monk seals and sea turtles.|
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|Monique is a New Hampshire native and avid volunteer with a recent undergraduate degree in wildlife and conservation biology. Over the past ten years she has been involved with projects in trail building, biological survey, invasive species removal, outdoor education, conservation advocacy, and natural history collection management. Primeval forests from Maine to California are where she feels most at home -But the tropical rainforests of the Hawaiian islands are the best “office” she’s ever had, putting identification and interpretation skills to work with visitors from around the world. When she’s out of uniform, Monique loves hiking, traveling, writing, wine tasting, and exploring windward Oahu’s breathtaking shoreline.|
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|Nicholas brings a combination of approximately 19 years of bird study and scientific field experience that makes him a uniquely effective birder. These experiences include six years of captive aviculture with dozens of wild-caught species, many of which are now naturalized in the wild. Captive propagation of endangered Guam Rail, Micronesian Kingfisher, and Bali Mynah with an AZA Propagation facility. Scientific field studies of the listed Snowy Plover in Santa Barbara County resulting in the species’ reproduction. Thousands of hours of bird observation for Hawaiian wind farm planning. Hundreds of hours mist-netting and banding Hawaiian forest birds. State of Hawaii grant winner to develop and implement radio collars for the first time on parrots. Completed a one year long self-designed movement ecology dissertation research project on the Red-masked parakeet. Wrote the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Neotropical Birds, Red-masked Parakeet species account and several other peer-reviewed scientific manuscripts and technical reports. Has birded areas of the continental USA, Hawaii, Greece and Brazil. Nick originally mentored under the late Robert Pyle (RLP) at the Bishop Museum in Honolulu, created bird study skins under the mentorship of Dr. D. Willard at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and worked in close communication with Dr. J. Bradbury (Cornell) and Dr. L. Freed (Hawaii). He is regularly sought out for his skill at detecting birds by sound/calls on Hawaii Audubon Society Christmas bird counts. Nick has spent the time and effort to complete University degrees in Zoology (BS) Environmental Science and Management (MESM), Botany (MS) and Aviation (Private+Remote Pilot) but always knows there is still much more to learn. Nick will do his very best to detect and identify every species of interest while holding birder safety and comfort as a priority.|
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Paul works in Boston, for six months out of the year, where he shares his knowledge of American History. He then moves to Hawaii to devote his time to increase his knowledge of Hawaii’s natural history and culture.
Since his first visit to the Hawaiian Islands, Paul has fallen in love with the flora and fauna, as well as the diversity of cultures. He enjoys sharing his growing knowledge with enthusiasm and passion on his tours. During his spare time he enjoys exploring the island, hiking, paddling, swimming and attending cultural events or concerts.
He can’t wait to take you on his next nature tour adventure!
|SKY||Sky began his life “on the road” with parents of the Sixties generation. He was born in the small Canadian/Indian village of Bella Coola, British Columbia and his early travels took him throughout the Western United States in the family’s camper. The Chamberlains spent two years living in a teepee on an Indian reservation in Arizona before continuing on to Mexico. When at last the limits of age required that Michael attend school, the family settled down in Grand Haven, Michigan. While growing up in Michigan, Sky developed the habit of exploring every possible nook and cranny of the State. As he got older he expanded his interests to the Central and Eastern United States. His hobbies included hiking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and photography. After graduating from high school, Sky put on a backpack and hitch hiked from Michigan to California. When no “car” could go further he bought a one-way ticket to Kauai, Hawaii. He lived on Kauai for six months assisting in the recovery effort of Hurricane Iniki victims, a devastating storm that had struck the island on September 11 1992. Ideally, he would like to help create a documentary film emphasizing the serious condition of these plants and animals. He continues to be fascinated by each new species he discovers and he is equally enthusiastic about sharing this knowledge with others!|
|Steven Pillman has a background in tropical botany and zoology. Originally from the island of Guam, he moved to Oahu because of the strong interest he developed when traveling to Hawaii as a student. While in Oahu, Steve researched the genetics of Oahu’s endangered Kāhuli tree snails, an endemic that is found only in the Hawaiian Islands. When Steve is not in the lab, he is out in the wilderness applying his skills in survival he learned when in the jungles of Guam where snakes and dangerous insects thrive. He has applied his scientific skills in the jungles of Costa Rica, where he researched the behavior of colonial ants which thrive in the stems of medicinal plants. While in Costa Rica, he educated children in rural villages of the importance of preserving natural ecosystems. When he is not working on his adventure tours, Steve loves to hike on and off trails where he monitors the native flora and fauna in the forests of Oahu.|
|Tori was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She is incredibly passionate about wildlife and the natural world and from a young age spent most of her time outside, hiking and camping as frequently as she could. Tori’s love of wildlife led her to pursue her Bachelor’s degree in Science at North Dakota State University where she majored in zoology and botany. Although Tori has a passion for large carnivores (particularly wildcats), Tori is broadly interested in anything related to science and the outdoors. This has led her to travel the world in pursuit of what she loves. She has studied lions in South Africa, worked on habitat restoration projects in Alaska, backpacked through the Chilean Patagonia and is eager to learn as much as possible. Tori loves teaching others about what she has learned and how they can help conserve the natural world she is so passionate about.|