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Native Books Hui

  • Maile Meyer

  • Founder/Poʻo

    Maile Meyer is the owner and founder of Native Books and Nā Mea Hawaiʻi. Read about her beginnings of Nā Mea Hawaiʻi and Native Books, Inc. here.

  • Lise Michelle

  • Arbiter of Books/institutional Sales

    Lise manages the web sales and institutional orders for Native Books, among other things. They weave lauhala. Lise is from Kalihi Uka.

  • Lihau Collier

  • Publication Project Manager

    Līhau Collier is a philosopher, writer, and kanaka ʻōiwi of Hawaiʻi.

    She is inspired by mana wahine (powerful women), who make a positive difference for ka lāhui Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian people) and the world. Līhau has experienced the liberating aspects of maoli (indigenous) studies and with that, wholeheartedly became a part of our team. 

    Her kuleana (responsibilities) include, editorial insights, design discussion, copyediting, proofreading, marketing, and distribution. She is empowered by each member of the hui, as each person's perspective helps shape her own.  Her favorite motto, “It's a kākou thing!”

  • Sarah Kuaiwa

  • Book Buyer

    Sarah Kuaiwa is the book buyer for Native Books and our sister store, Na Mea Hawaiʻi. She is responsible for keeping the shelves stocked with beloved titles new and old. Sarah is also a trained historian and art historian specializing in nineteenth century Hawaiʻi, Hawaiian-language materials, and Hawaiian material culture.

    Favorite books: The Kingdom and the Republic, The Musubi Book, Clouds of Memories, and Waimea Summer

  • Mahina Choy-Ellis

  • Social Media & Marketing Manager

    Mahina Choy-Ellis is our in-house photographer & professional hype girl.

    Born & raised in Kalihi Valley, Mahina graduated from Manhattan College with a B.A in Advertising & International Politics in 2017.

    Having returned home in 2020, Mahina has since focused her photographic endeavors on Hawaiʻi & Hawaiian owned businesses.

    Mahina would like to extend a huge mahalo to the Native Books team for playing an integral part in her growth as both a photographer and a Kanaka Maoli.

    Her favorite book? Kuʻe: Thirty Years of Land Struggle in Hawaii by Haunani Trask, Images by Ed Greevy. 

  • Joshua Tengan

  • Arts & Letters Gallery Manager

    Josh Tengan is a Honolulu-born and based curator and arts project manager. Since 2015, he has worked with local and Native Hawaiian artists, through the arts nonprofit Puʻuhonua Society, to deliver Hawaiʻi’s largest annual thematic contemporary art exhibition, CONTACT, which offers a critical and comprehensive survey of local contemporary visual culture.

    He recently served as Assistant Curator of the 2019 Honolulu Biennial. He is a professional arts manager at Nā Mea Hawai‘i, managing public art installations in Honolulu for the past four years. He holds a Curatorial Studies MA with Distinction from Newcastle University (UK) and a BA in Fine Art from Westmont College.

  • Hannah Broderick

  • Sales Associate

    Hannah is an occasionally unhinged human hailing from Kailua, Oahu. She is passionate about tea ceremony, pantaloons, and all things photography. When she’s not writing or thrifting, Hannah can be found at Arts and Letters Nuʻuanu, where she works as a Sales Associate.

    One day, Hannah aspires to the creation of a healing center for teenage girls. Her all-time-favorite book in the collection is Nana Veary’s “Change We Must.”

  • Kamalei Marrotte

  • Book Receiver, Writer, Moderator

    Kamalei is a recent graduate from the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, where she received a double bachelor's degree in Hawaiian Language and Hawaiian Studies.

    Her roles at Native Books are main floor-sales associate, book receiver, Wiliau blog author, ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi consultant, and moderator of our ʻŌlelo Kaiāulu discussion series.

    She enjoys reading both in the bookstore and in the comfort of her own home, as well as giving book recommendations to customers when they visit the store. She hopes to create an environment that encourages customers to practice their ʻōlelo within the bookstore and the larger community. E kipa mai nō a hoʻomaʻamaʻa i ka ʻōlelo! 

    Her most recent and enjoyable read of this year has been The Properties of Perpetual Light by Julian Aguon. 

  • Jennifer Riess

  • Web Support & E-Commerce

    Jennifer is our web manager/apps researcher, collaborating with the team in all areas of web support and customer service.

    She is self-taught, and always happy to learn more about web technologies and problem-solving to find solutions.

    Her favorites reads so far are: Remembering our Intimacies, Detours, and Indigenous Methodologies by Linda Tuhiwai Smith.

  • Angel Permito-Kaheaku

  • Events Manager

    Angel works across Native Books Inc., Nā Mea Hawaiʻi, and Puʻuhonua Society as our Kīpuka & Special Events Manager. She is also a haumana of Ka Pā Hula Hawaiʻi (where she is known as Pīkake) and a forever servant to lāhui.

    She enjoys dancing, kaona, olakino maikaʻi, grassroots community organizing, and the ocean.

    Angel first joined us as a volunteer collaborator for an Author x Artist x Activism Giving Series for the Hawaiʻi Peopleʻs Fund 2021 Giving Project and is grateful to have been welcomed to the team to continue growing our participation in community service and creating access to ʻike Hawaiʻi, all while enjoying, learning, and healing from these privileges herself.

    Favorite books: ʻŌlelo Noʻeau, Nana I Ke Kumu (Vol. I, II, & III) and the Value of Hawaiʻi (Vol. I, II, & III)

  • Sancia Shiba Nash

  • Videographer/Special Projects

    Sancia Shiba Nash is a filmmaker and artist from Kīhei, Maui, ka pae ʻāina o Hawaiʻi.

    Through time-based media, primarily video and sound, she helps to amplify lesser-known transpacific stories of place.

    Oral history interviews and private/public archives provide the foundations for her collaborative practice.

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