Every year Maui No Ka Oi honors members in the community that have made it their personal missions to be protectors of Maui’s beautiful natural environment, and every year I have the pleasure of meeting and photographing them for the story. This year, MNKO featured Captain Jim Coon, founder and owner of eco-friendly Trilogy Excursions, who also donates his boats monthly to reef clean up; Bryon Stevens, a Natural Area Reserves specialist celebrating 20 years of service,  and Kuhea Paracuelles, who has dedicated her life to environmental conservation and now oversees the outreach and internship programs for Haleakala National Park hoping to inspire youth to consider careers in nature conservation. These are very inspiring and passionate people, and it’s an honor to be able to take their portraits!Nina Maui Photography Captain Jim Coon Trilogy Maui No Ka Oi Environmental Heroes Issue

Nina Maui Photography Kuhea Parcuelles Maui No Ka Oi Environmental Heroes Issue

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