EILEEN OHARA - Passion, Integrity, Experience. Eileen Ohara with Dean Cevalos Eileen Ohara facilitating debat at HSRE community center Eileen Ohara Envision Downtown Hilo 2025 Eileen Ohara with Fred Blass in park blessing Eileen Ohara and Kukini Dog Agility Eileen Ohara HSCA Board President with board and staff Eileen Ohara supporting Rainbow Friends

Work Experience

  • Adjunct Faculty, UHH – CAFNRM & CoBE, 1997-present
  • Visiting Professor, DeVry University, 2007 – present
  • Adjunct Faculty, Kaplan University, 2011 – present
  • Environmental Program Office Manager and Community Liaison, State Senate, 2012-13
  • Business Development Specialist, Pacific Biodiesel, 2007-2011
  • Contract Manager, Hawai`i State, Hawai`i Health Systems Corporation, 2006-2007
  • Recycling Coordinator, County of Hawai`i, Dept. of Environmental Management, 2003-2006
  • Executive Director, Recycle Hawai`i, 2002-2003
  • Planner, County of Hawai`i, Planning Department, 2001-2002
  • Founding Board Member and Quality Control Officer, Hawai`i Organic Farmers Assn, 1993-2001
  • Coordinator, HELCO, Remote Residential Solar Electric & Street Lighting Programs, 1995-1999
  • Owner, Dakini Enterprises, Organic Tomatoes, Cut-Flower Orchids, and Consultancy, 1986-present

Community Activities

  • Commissioner, Environmental Council, State Office of Environmental Quality Control, 2004-2008
  • Vision Keeper, Envision Downtown Hilo 2025, 2005-2010
  • Commissioner, Cost of Government Commission, County of Hawai`i, 2010-2011
  • President, Hawaiian Shores Community Association, 2011- 2016
  • Member, Sierra Club
  • Member, American Association of University Women.
  • Member, League of Women Voters


  • Wilmington Friends School (K-12)
  • University of Michigan (Educ. Major)
  • San Francisco City College: A.S. Horticulture and Landscape Design
  • University of Hawai`i at Hilo: B.S. Agriculture; Minor in Economics
  • University of Hawai`i at Manoa: M.A. Economics; Ph.D. Natural Resource Economics