Charles Harter, M.D. is a retired emergency medical doctor with experience in tropical medicine in remote areas with minimal technology. He has lived in structures he built by hand, without power tools, and created thriving homesteads in diverse environments. He is currently engaged with permaculture at 10,000 ft elevation in Colorado, in the Arizona desert, in the Pacific Northwest, and in Hawaii. Charles Harter’s vision and focus created Anawaiwela Farm.
Beth McCormick is a largely self-taught artist, working in diverse media. As a child she fell in love with unusual architecture, and later had the opportunity to purchase and renovate the Onion House, part of her family’s legacy, which has become a widely acclaimed example of Organic Architecture. Beth McCormick’s art and home have been chronicled in numerous television and print features, and her artwork has been shown in over 90 galleries nationwide and abroad. Her work is in many private collections, including the Michael Rosenberg Collection in London, and the Chris Hemmeter Collection in Hawaii. She works to establish sustainability of the natural world through the Permaculture Foundation of Hawaii, of which she is a founding member.
Lyn Howe bought her first farm at age 23. She is co-Owner of Beach Road Farm, an off-grid eco-farm in Puna, Hawai‘i which focuses on agriculture for self-sufficiency. Using organic and natural farming methods, the farm has over 3 acres of fruits and nut trees, vegetable gardens, medicinal and culinary herbs, spices and a backyard aquaponics system. Presently she is working for The Kohala Center as the workshop coordinator for beginning and intermediate seed saving workshops on all 5 islands over a 2 year period. As Co-founder of the Know Your Farmers Alliance, she has helped organize local seed exchanges and farming workshops.
Tarika Lea, Executive DirectorTarika Lea has followed her passion to serve through the healing arts and eco-activism in Alaska. After studying traditional Hawaiian massage from Hawaiian healer Mornnah Simeona in the late 1960’s, Tarika founded the first post-secondary state-authorized massage school in the interior of Alaska, which she ran for over 20 years. She developed the Lea Method of bodywork, which incorporates the experience of decades of teaching students along with her life’s study of personal growth techniques. In concert with the Alaska Environmental Center of Fairbanks, she coordinated a popular yearly Earth Day event. She brings her hearty pioneering spirit and love of the islands to her her newly appointed position as the foundation’s Executive Director.