Hawai‘i Investment Ready supports the people and organizations addressing Hawai‘i’s social and environmental issues by accelerating social enterprise impact and access to investment.
Impact enterprises play a vital role in accelerating worldwide adoption of sustainable and inclusive technologies, policies and behaviors. Island economies, by virtue of their remote location and resource scarcity, have and continue to develop innovative and sustainable ways of solving their social and environmental challenges. HIR combines the wisdom of place-based knowledge with modern tools to empower entrepreneurs to increase impact while building resilient enterprises.
Keoni Lee brings a wealth of experience to HIR as a successful social entrepreneur and participant in HIR’s inaugural cohort.
He co-founded ʻŌiwi TV – a media production company that leverages the power of media to reshape the narratives of the modern Hawaiian experience. He also co-founded Waiwai Collective, a contemporary Hawaiian gathering space that is growing a community and movement grounded in collective values and shared responsibilities to mobilize systemic change in Hawaiʻi.
Keoni did his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University and has a MBA from the Shidler College of Business at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. His leadership accomplishments also garnered his selection as a fellow in the Omidyar Fellows program and the First Nations Futures Program. He also serves on numerous non-profit boards with a focus on education and local food production.
CO-FOUNDER, BOARD CHAIR
Lisa Kleissner is co-founder and President of the KL Felicitas Foundation, a family foundation dedicated to empowering impact entrepreneurs worldwide and investing 100% of the foundation corpus into impact across asset classes.
The foundation was cited by the World Economic Forum for its impact portfolio investment leadership. The foundation is the recipient of the BNP Paribas Grand Prix in Philanthropy and the Magis Award for Social Entrepreneurship from Santa Clara University. Ms. Kleissner was cited as one of 35 world-changing women in conscious business in 2019 by the Conscious Company,
Ms. Kleissner is co-founder and Chair of Toniic Institute, and Hawaiʻi Investment Ready. Ms. Kleissner sits on several impact investment committees, and has held the position of Treasurer/CFO for several impact organizations.
Neil J. Kahoʻokele Hannahs is Founder and CEO of Hoʻokele Strategies LLC, a consulting enterprise to support the emergence and growth of values-driven leaders and enterprises that forge a thriving environment, a robust economy and social equity.
From 2000 to 2015, Hannahs directed the Land Assets Division of Kamehameha Schools and was responsible for a portfolio of 358,000 acres of agriculture and conservation lands in Hawai`i and also co-founded the First Nations Futures Program and Hawaiʻi Investment Ready Program. The work of this division earned the Innovation and Outstanding Leadership Awards of the Hawaiʻi Conservation Alliance. In addition, Hannahs’ impact has been acknowledged with the Kamaʻāina of the Year Award from the Historic Hawaiʻi Foundation, I Ulu I Ke Kumu recognition from the UH Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge and Kalanianaʻole Scholarship Honor of Prince Kuhiō Hawaiian Civic Club.
Hannahs is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and received BA and MA degrees from Stanford University. He is active in community affairs, serving on the boards of the Polynesian Voyaging Society, Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, Aloha Kuamoʻo ʻĀina and Awaiaulu.
Margaret’s early career was devoted to the family medical business where she was the operations manager. She went on to assist her husband in growing his global photography
practice. For the last four years, she has assisted her sister, Lisa, in HIR, covering several roles and essentially doing what needed to be done. Having the opportunity to participate with the last two cohorts was deeply inspiring for her and she realized that she could play a bigger role in helping HIR move from a program to an incorporated non- profit enterprise. This led her to apply for the Administrative Director role which she has held since March 2017.