About Us

Our Partners

Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority, the KL Felicitas Foundation, and the Kamehameha Schools

Coaching services are provided by HIR Alumni Entrepreneurs, and sector and business experts.

Co-founders and Facilitators

Neil J. Kaho‘okele Hannahs is a co-founder of Hawaiʻi Investment Ready and principal of Hoʻokele Strategies.

In 2016, Neil J. Kaho‘okele Hannahs concluded over 41 years of service to the Kamehameha Schools and launched Ho‘okele Strategies LLC, a consulting enterprise to engage inspiring wayfinders in building a thriving society.

From 2000 to 2015, he directed the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools and was responsible for a portfolio of 358,000 acres of agriculture and conservation lands in Hawai‘i and also founded the First Nations Futures Program and Hawai‘i Investment Ready Program. The work of this division earned the Innovation Award of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance. In addition, Mr. Hannahs’ leadership was acknowledged with the Kama‘āina of the Year Award from the Historic Hawai‘i Foundation, I Ulu I Ke Kumu recognition from the UH Hawai‘inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and Kalaniana‘ole Scholarship Honor of Prince Kuhiō Hawaiian Civic Club

Mr. Hannahs is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received BA and MA degrees from Stanford University. He is active in community affairs, serving on the boards of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, MA‘O Organic Farms, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Aloha Kuamo‘o ‘Āina and Awaiaulu.

Mr. Hannahs has been appointed to several advisory councils and effective July 1, 2016, he began a four-year term on the State of Hawai‘i Commission on Water Resource Management.

Lisa L. Kahululani Kleissner is President and co-founder of the KL Felicitas Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to supporting programs that enable social entrepreneurs worldwide to develop and grow economically sustainable, scalable enterprises with high measurable social impact; and advocating the Foundation’s impact investing strategy.

She is co-founder and Board Chair of Toniic, a global impact investing platform;  and co-founder of Social-Impact International.

Raised in Hawai‘i, Lisa is a graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa with a BArch in Environmental Design.

As Vice President of an architectural firm in Hawaii, she worked in Asia and the Pacific Basin. She then held project management positions at Apple Computer and Borland and was the president of The Kleissner Group, a full-service high-tech and biotech facility solution company serving start-ups in Silicon Valley.

Lisa writes, teaches and presents about impact investing globally.

Team Members

Margaret Peebles
Sime Gross
Patte Kronlund