Sonnet Kekilia Coggins
After completing a Masters degree in Education at the University of Virginia, Sonnet moved to France, then later completed a Master of Arts in French Language and Literatures, with a focus on cultural history and interpretation of historic sites. She worked with the Denver Art Museum, then the Williams College Museum of Art, where she co-curated The Field is the World: Williams, Hawaiʻi, and Material Histories in the Making. Sonnet has been with the Conservancy since 2018.
Associate Director for Story and Experience
Nina C. Peláez is a poet, educator, artist, and cultural producer. She has worked at several arts institutions developing collaborative programs, exhibitions, and interpretive projects that foster creativity, connection, and curiosity. Nina holds an MA in Art History from Williams College and an MFA in Poetry from Bennington College and is working on the manuscript for her first poetry collection.
Zirque is a musician and composer who holds a Master of Fine Arts from CalArts. In addition to his musical pursuits, Zirque has had extensive experience working in the health and wellness industry over the past 10 years finding successful translations of music into business and operational management. Having only recently arrived on Maui, Zirque began his role in August 2023.
Development Manager & Administrative Coordinator
Chuck is from Palos Verdes, CA and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with degrees in International Business and Finance. After 8 years in Japan, he landed in Hawaii and worked in hospitality for over 20 years on the Big Island and Maui. He has been with the Conservancy in a part-time position since 2021.
Olin Erickson, MauiScapes, LLC