Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Bronson Bruno, Cultural Advisor

Bank of Hawai‘i


Barb & Bill Davis

M3 Messengercorp 


Jeff Devins

Graphic Artist


Jon Giffin

Former Board Member, Nature Conservancy, DOFAW


Randee Golden

University of Hawai‘i

“Besides being a unique and needed facility to help animals in need, The Hawai’i Wildlife Center offers Kohala’s students and community members a chance to learn a lot about science and life through volunteer and educational experiences.  Mahalo to Linda for bringing this resource to North Kohala.”


Cara Goodrich

Aston Hotels & Resorts

“Inspired by my daughter’s love for birds and wildlife, we took a Hawaii Forest & Trail birdwatching tour on our first “girls retreat” to the Big Island, visiting the Hawaii Wildlife Center just before its soft opening.  I learned all about the Center’s mission and discovered that I had gotten caught up in the “rat race”, realizing that that there are many things that I personally had taken for granted.  After this experience I realized that the perpetuation of knowledge in Hawaii’s flora, fauna, wildlife, and protecting, conserving, aiding in the recovery of Hawaii’s native wildlife is something special and priceless to pass on to the next generation and the generations to come.  The Hawaii Wildlife Center has a great new facility built from Linda Elliott’s seed of knowledge, dedication, and passion and the Center’s mission to educate, rescue and care for Hawaii’s native wildlife is a great mission that needs the support of many.   If I can make one significant imprint in the future of this wonderful organization, I will contribute in a way that will help make Hawaii a better place.”


Steve Groves

Kohala Engineering

“I’ve been working in the environmental field for many years and I am proud to be associated with this project.  The integrity and expertise that Linda brings to the table make the project a sure success and a great opportunity to support future environmental leadership by the children in our community.”


Katherine Groves

Kohala Engineering

“What an honor to have this “state of the art” facility in our community.  The Hawaii Wildlife Center will not only provide a service to the State of Hawaii, it will be a beacon for North Kohala.  We, as a community, support the educational programs it will provide, and support the loving care it will give our precious native species.  The community effort and the kind and caring nature of the staff and board makes it easy to jump on board to this worthwhile project.”


Pete Hendricks

Former HWC Board Member, University of Hawai‘i Sea Grant Program, State of Hawai‘i Division of Aquatic Resources


Harold Hughes

First Hawaiian Bank Waimea


Vicky Kometani

Current Events

“Not only does the Hawaii Wildlife Center offer hope for the future of native species, it also provides our community an opportunity to unite in support of something truly unique in the world. I am pleased to provide pro bono public relations services to a cause that is important to me personally, to my children, and to future generations. Linda’s passion is infectious, her knowledge unsurpassed and North Kohala is fortunate to be home to the Hawaii Wildlife Center.”


Rhoady Lee

Rhoady Lee Architecture & Design

“The Hawaiian archipelago reveals how fragile the world’s ecology and species are to environmental threats.  When I learned of the Hawaii Wildlife Center’s mission and educational efforts, and the knowledge and dedication of its director, Linda Elliott, I felt compelled to contribute what I could to making the Center a reality.  I am pleased that the HWC is now a reality and am very proud to have helped.”


Leland Miyano

Landscape Designer and Author

“I have been involved with Hawaii’s indigenous and endemic flora and fauna since the 1960’s.  I have had legends for mentors and I wish that my contributions will serve their memories well.  My favorite projects are those that are community based and educational.  Our current U.S. Poet Laureate, W.S. Merwin, writes, “Leland Miyano has a gift that must have been with him from the start.  Those of us who know him have been aware for years that Leland is a true original, a living treasure among us…” I am honored to be asked; and I am honored to serve the Hawaii Wildlife Center”


Diane Orenstein

Taxes, etc. 


William Ruhl

Ruhl Walker Architects

“It has been such an honor to be part of the pro bono design and engineering team for the Hawai’i Wildlife Center these last five years, as well as one of the greatest JOYS of my personal and professional life.  Working as an architect on such an important project and in such a breathtakingly beautiful place has been a true labor of love, and I will never forget all of the design and engineering meetings that took place on or near the beach, in the shade while the humpback whales breached in the background… I will also never forget the true feeling of aloha within the team as well as with the broader community.  I look forward to continuing to help the HWC as it develops to its full potential over the years!”


Aaron Spielman

Rhoady Lee Architecture & Design

“I was born and raised on Hawaii Island, a powerful place that has instilled in me a belief in the importance of Hawaiian cultural values. The Hawaii Wildlife Center reflects many of these values, epitomized by the wide spectrum of continued participation. Malama kekahi i kekahi (Take care of one another), and Pupukahi i holomua (Unite to move forward) are indicative of the collaboration and sweat equity involved in making this project a reality. Working with a dedicated team to provide a vital asset for both the local community and the State of Hawaii has added immeasurable value to the project, has established a progressive baseline for future assets, and has encouraged improved resource management for sustainable construction. I am honored to be a small part of the Hawaii Wildlife Center, which reflects important values in its mission to protect, conserve, and aid in the recovery of Hawaii’s native wildlife.”