Background

Kauaʻi's North Shore has been my home since 1984, and I have been involved in community development for several decades. My focus has been dominantly youth-at-risk, economic development, and education. My professional background has been in business, engineering, public policy and education. For almost ten years, my focus has expanded to embrace growing food at home, farming and increased food security. In 2014 I ran for Kauai County Council.



Hearing the people

As a community affairs programmer on KKCR, I have been listening to an ever-widening group of citizens and issues. Investigating the topics has brought many topic experts and primary-source participants into my close range of focus. Attendance at diverse community meetings from water, land, planning, open space, Department of Hawaiian Homelands, state legislature, county council, events, marches, neighborhood associations and so much more has shifted my viewpoint and added a great sense of responsibility. 

Building Solutions

There are many ways in which life on Kauaʻi has grown increasingly difficult, from finding adequate housing to earning a living wage and having access to the beaches and uplands.The result is a strident tug-of-war between folks focused on a healthy environment, a respected host-culture, and those who emphasize a strong economy. We need to find a balance. Vibrant community-based economic development is a goal that is a struggle for most communities in the global economy of the 21st century. Kauaʻi needs to parallel build a thriving, locally-based business economy that supports the community's requirements for a resilient future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

​2014 County Council Run

Although my run for County Council in 2014 was unsuccessful, I continue to be focused on helping Kaua`i. We can be more self-reliant, with healthy agriculture that provides housing and livable solutions for the people who make Kaua`i their home. My range of experiences, from joyfully working for a large corporation to running my own small business to education to agriculture to activism, has prepared me for the next step of helping build public policy at the county level. Bridging perspectives between those with a core connection to the wisdom and practices of our host culture, those who support the modern economy through their small businesses, and those with loyalty to international employers who offer career stability is essential. Crafting win-win solutions is key for long-term success of any project or goal.

 

Growing Forward

The leadership challenge for Kauaʻi's future lies in increasing self-reliance in a turbulent global economy with shifting power-structures and environmental conditions. Vibrant health can be developed by reclaiming many of the strengths of our past. I look forward to helping respectful dialogue between the many voices of Kauaʻi.

 

Mahalo and aloha,

 

Felicia

 

Na wai ke kuleana? Na Kakou!

(Who is responsible? We all are!)

 

Media - video - Hoike - YouTube
Mother of Young Men
Small Business Ownership

Hanalei Surf Company & HSC Backdoor

​Proprietor 18 years (1986-2004)

Kauaʻi North Shore Business Council

13 years (9)  as president or vice president

Hanalei Solar

Engineering

Intel Corporation

Engineer and business application programmer

Chandler, Arizona & Swindon, UK

Northern Arizona University

BS, Computer Engineering, 1984

Flagstaff, Arizona

 

Public Policy & Community Development

Kauaʻi Community Radio, KKCR

Public Affairs Programmer

Host, Kaua'i Soap Box

Leadership Kauaʻi

Inaugural year student

Hawaiian Alliance for Community Based Economic Development

Year-long training

Kauaʻi County Youth Council

Co-chair

Kauaʻi Workforce Investment Board

Workwise

Kauaʻi Planning and Action Alliance

Visioning group

Kauaʻi General Plan Update

Participant

Kilauea Neighborhood Association

North Shore Boating Advisory Council

Agriculture

Akamai Backyard

Yardner: residential subsistence farming

Regenerations International Botanical Garden

Vice president, 8 years

Kauaʻi Farmers' Union

Member

Waipa Foundation

Volunteer

Co-author

Life is the School... Love is the Lesson:

An Adventure in Free Schooling

By Felicia Alongi Cowden and

Ian Ikaika Cowden

Published in 2012

 

 

Educator

Akamai Learning

School Director of an alternative middle school

5 years

Hanalei & Kilauea Schools

Supplemental teacher

4 years

School board member

SCC, SCBM, PTSA, KELA, Aloha pre-school, Hanalei, Kilauea, Kapaa High 

Kauaʻi Educators Leadership Alliance

member