Mahina Paishon-Duarte is CEO and co-founder of Waiwai Collective, a co-creative hub for community, culture and commerce. Mahina is a social entrepreneur who has worked in a number of educational and cultural organizations. Most notably, she is the founding executive director of Paepae o He‘eia, served as policy program manager with NOAA Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument, and held the position of head of school at Hālau Kū Māna and Kanu o ka ʻĀina public charter schools. In addition, she studies and hones her practice as a cultural practitioner with Nā Kālai Waʻa, Hālau o ke ʻAʻaliʻi Kū Makani and at He‘eia fishpond. Mahina holds degrees from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, University of Hawai‘i at Hilo, and Hawai‘i Pacific University. She also serves on the boards of Kahilu Theatre, the Oahu Economic Development Board, Friends of ʻIolani Palace, and the Trust for Public Land.