Our Organizing Team is made up of dedicated activists working for months to bring this inspiring day to our island community. These are the Everyday Changemakers that are helping make VegFest Oahu 2018 a transformational experience for you. (You can see the organizing team of past events at 2017 Team and 2016 Team).
Joy Waters – Founder and Festival Producer. Joy, the entrepreneur behind Positive Media Hawaii, is a relentless optimist on a mission to inspire people to be engaged citizens. Her passion is creating life-changing media content and events. A vegan foodie and long-time advocate for plant-based living, she produced the TV show Tasty and Meatless long before Hawaii had its first vegetarian restaurant. She is also the Organizer of the Oahu Vegan Meetup. Joy decided to produce VegFest Oahu because she believes this event will strengthen the local, plant-based community and be the tipping point towards more sustainable island perspectives.
Christina Culianos – Assistant Event Coordinator, Vendor Manager, Venue Coordinator, Free Samples Tent Manager. Originally from New York, Christina moved to Oahu two years ago. She is an animal lover, vegetarian, and loves hiking through our beautiful mountains. She has experience in Marketing and Event Production and is enthused to be able to combine her skills and passions in community outreach through VegFest Oahu. As a former bacon lover and carnivore, Christina hopes to inspire and educate others interested in transitioning to a plant-based diet and be the voice for our furry friends who don’t have one.
Special Mahalos To
David Atcheson – Discounted Professional Services for Website. David is a community activist with a background in software and conservation. He was an early steering committee member of the group Transition Oahu, and is a graduate of Oahu’s first permaculture design certificate course. He is active in the Honpa Hongwanji Buddhist community in Hawaii. Self-employed in web communications, David provided support via discounted rates for web maintenance.
Beckie and Bud Kowalski – Editorial Support for Social Media. Beckie and Bud are the Publishers of Natural Awakenings Magazine, an online source for the latest approaches to natural health and sustainable living. They provided research and writing support authoring social media posts and graphics for the VegFest Oahu Facebook and Instagram accounts.
Plastic Free Hawaii and Doorae Shin – Water Refill Station. One of Kokua Hawaii Foundation‘s projects which provides resources, tools, and trainings to educate schools, business partners, and community members about the environmental and health benefits of going plastic free to minimize single-use plastics in our islands. We are grateful for the use of their Water Refill Station which they offer free of charge to events to help create a Plastic Free Hawaii. More than 15 Oahu events have eliminated the need for 13,891 single-use plastic water bottles in the last year alone. Deep thanks to Doorae who will deliver, set-up, maintain, and pack up the Water Refill Station on event day.
Event Day Team on October 13
Otis Schaper– Music Stage Sound Engineer. Otis generously donated use of all equipment needed for the Music Stage as well as long hours at the event to make sure the bands sound their best. A musician in his own right, Otis is known as the “Bob Dylan of Haleiwa” and often plays at local venues. Otis owns The Factory, a surfboard manufacturing company. He has been a vegetarian for over 20 years.