ELIZABETH FIEN, Director of Development & the Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute


Elizabeth Fien, Director of Development & the Hawai’i Volcanoes Institute, brings 19 years of non-profit experience in grant writing, grant management, marketing, development and fundraising in Hawaii.  Elizabeth has successfully raised over $6 million in funding for various Hawaii Organizations.

Elizabeth has been involved with many local organizations.  She was Board President of the Waimanalo Health Center on Oahu, as well as the Board President of Friends of the Waimanalo Library.  Currently Elizabeth sits on the Board of the Volcano Community Association and serves as Treasurer.

Elizabeth lives in the Golf Course subdivision and enjoys spending time with her 11 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.