|ELIZABETH FIEN, Executive Director
Elizabeth is the first to hold the Executive Director position for the Friends. FHVNP was previously managed by an all-volunteer board of directors. She has been with the organization since 2012 and previously served as its Education & Development Coordinator and Director of Development.
Elizabeth brings to the FHVNP a 20-year track record of successful leadership, management and fundraising. She spent the early part of her career in legal health care management with Rocky Mountain Health Care Corporation in Denver. After moving to Hawai‘i in 1995, she worked as a non-profit consultant raising funds for Bridge House, Friends of Waimanalo Library, and the Waimanalo Health Center, where she served as Board President from 2007-2009.
“I am humbled and honored to help lead and collaborate on the important work that lies ahead for the Friends – an organization that has made such a difference to all of us who love Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park and this part of Hawai‘i,” Fien said. “With ambitious goals to engage more youth in the park, balance the visitor experience and use with resource protection, and strengthen community involvement and support, the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park is an exciting place to be as we approach the park’s centennial. “
Elizabeth lives in the Golf Course subdivision and enjoys spending time with her 12 year old son and 15 year old daughter. She is passionate about the park, forest restoration and in her spare time enjoys fiction writing, designing, and making jewelry.
AB VALENCIA, Office Administrator
Ab Valencia, born and raised in Honolulu, attended the University of Hawai’i at Manoa and the University of Kansas-Lawrence to study Architecture. He and his wife, Pua O’Mahoney, now reside in the home they built in Mauna Loa Estates. Trained as a kumu hula (hula teacher/master), Ab established Halau Hula Kalehuaki’eki’eika’iu in Honolulu in 1991. He currently maintains his halau (school) in Honolulu as well as Volcano. His ‘ohana (family) was originally from Hilo and he says that moving back to Hawai’i Island was returning home.