Jim was born in Hershey, PA and grew up around the Harrisburg area. Studied Environmental Science/Ecology 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 a former PSIA-NW Divisional clinic leader. Summer months gave him the opportunity for various jobs: He worked in Alaska on salmon tenders, worked in New Zealand at Cardrona Ski resort, worked as a bicycle guide all over the western US, and worked at Big Winds in Hood River, OR 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 currently enrolled at 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.


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!