Director & Founder : Phil Villatora (Board Member)
Na Keiki’s Director, Phil Villatora is from a large Kaua’i family, and is the eighth of 16 children. Mr Villatora’s lifetime commitment and passion for sharing Polynesian arts is evidenced by his long history of community involvement, starting Na Keiki in 2004 on his family’s 10 acre farm in Wailua, and sharing Hawaiian and Polynesian cultural arts with island youth and visitors on the land. He hosted classes in drumming, nose flute, drum-making, dance, fire spinning and traditional and sustainable agriculture, before moving to the current facility in Kapaa in 2010. Phil worked for months, often on his own, renovating the current facility into the beautiful center it is today. Mr. Villatora has headed two successful businesses in the past, and has performed at Kilohana Plantation’s Lu’au Kalamaku for over three years, and the Hilton prior. Phil is not only Director and founder of COTL, he is also instructor for Tahitian Drum, NoseFlute, Drum-making, Sustainable Living and Survival and heads up the summer program as well as drumming for many of the other classes such as Tahitian Dance and fireknife.
Treasurer : Jodi Martin (Board Member)
La’au Lapa’au: Gabriel Monaghan (Board Member)
Gabriel Monaghan is a student and teacher of La’au Lapa’au, Hawaiian Herbal Medicine. He is devoted to the medicine, beauty and love of the natural world, and is in continuous awe of its vast intelligence and healing power. Inspired by Kaua’i Kumu Levon Ohai, he has trained and gained mastery in this ancient art for over a decade. The Hawiian La’au Lapa’au holds highest wellbeing and harmony for all life as its basic intention, and utilizes prayer as its core practice, combined with the wisdom and knowledge of the land. In eternal gratitude, Gabriel is committed to serving the community and sharing his knowledge with those who share his love for deep wisdom and traditional practices of the La’au Lapa’au. Gabriel is a graduate of the Master Herbalist course at The School of Natural Healing based on the work of acclaimed pioneer herbalist Dr. John Christopher. He also practices T’ai Chi and the Arica system of meditation.
Lisa Gallinger (Acting President)
Trained as a bean-to-bar chocolate maker in San Francisco, Lisa fell in love with the Garden Island while visiting cacao farms. Single origin sourcing and roasting of cocoa beans allows for the highest quality chocolate and Lisa believes that Kauai has the potential to produce the very best. As Kauai draws more chocolate lovers and cacao farmers, Lisa envisions TCOTL as a stepping stone, closing the educational gap from cacao pod to chocolate bar and allowing farmers and chocolate-lovers alike to ferment and dry beans in a co-op and create small-batch chocolate by hand. The land is the true teacher and source. Sign up for a chocolate class, coming soon, and learn how good the land can taste!
Webmaster: Martin McLean (Board Member)
Secretary : Peter McCaslin ( Board Member and Coconut Leaf Weaver)
Board Member : Jaya Schapiro : (Reiki Massage Expert)
Jaya Schapiro is a psychologist working with children in the Kauai public schools and in private practice. She specializes in autism, trauma, art and nature-based therapies. Jaya received a Reiki Master certification in 2008 and offers Keiki Reiki workshops and treatments for children and adults. Jaya loves to dance, swim with dolphins, and hike to waterfalls.
The Children of the Land ® 2007-2015