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The Director Team

These are our directors. They're the leaders of our various teams

and are responsible for getting initiatives up, running, and going across all islands we're active in.


Kawika Pegram


Kawika is the founder of Hawaiʻi Youth Climate Coalition. He is passionate about politics, community organizing, and photography. Outside of climate justice, his other organizing work focuses on racial justice and education. Follow his twitter @kawikakekoa.


Kim Ashley Sunio

Executive Director


Computer Science. Tech Entrepreneurship. Venture Capital. Clean Energy. Sustainability.


Tennis. Reading. Jogging.


Perry Dye

Advocacy Director

Perry goes to Punahou School (class of 2025) and has been a part of HYCC since 2022. They are particularly interested in the intersectionality of climate change, especially as it relates to gender and LGBTQ+ issues. Aside from climate action, they also do debate, MUN, theatre and dance!

Kim Ashley Sunio

Executive Director

Kim is currently a student at Moanalua High School (c/o 2024). Her interests & passions revolve around computer science, physics, renewables & sustainability. She is looking forward to having more peers be involved in taking action towards climate justice.

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Will Sato

Communications Director

Will is 20 years old currently attending the University Of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and majoring in Digital Cinema. He is a graduate of Kaiser High school class of 2021. On his free time he does photography, filmmaking and gaming. He is passionate about climate change and Hawaiian politics and been documenting The Red Hill movement for about a year.


Logan Lee

Co-Outreach Director

Logan is currently a student at ‘Iolani School and joined HYCC in interest of working with other youth who care about climate change. He is interested in environmental science, sustainability, and conservation of native Hawaiian birds. In his free time, Logan enjoys reading and birdwatching native Manu-o-Kū at his school.


Reina Gammarino


Reina is a senior at Punahou School. She is interested in public policy, foreign affairs, and climate advocacy. At school, Reina enjoys history, math, and physics, while, in her free time, she enjoys practicing card magic, playing the piano, and watching Succession. 


Sophie Pager

National Representative

Sophie Pager is a senior at ‘Iolani School. She has long been interested in politics and passionate about the environment, and she loves being able to use her knowledge of both at the HYCC. She enjoys painting, reading, and baking.


Miya Peterson

National Representative

Miya is a student at Punahou School with a passion for art, debating, writing, and all things environmental. She first joined the HYCC to learn about legislative advocacy on the advocacy team, and has since focused on representing the organization on a national level. Her favorite food is sushi, and she has a dog and a rabbit. 

Michaella Villanueva

Co-Outreach Director

Michaella is 18 years old and graduated from ʻAiea High School in 2022. She attends the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and is passionate about intersectionality, sustainable development, and protecting the environment. In her free time, Michaella enjoys reading, jump-roping, and looking at expensive apartments for sale. 


Elle Sugimoto

HYCC Club Network Team Member

Elle is a junior at ʻIolani School. She is a new addition to the HYCC club network, an active member of the Hawaii Cititzens Climate Lobby Youth Action team and a leader of the CCL club at ʻIolani. Last summer, she worked with NOAA to research the effects of climate change on fibropapillomatosis in green sea turtles and algae distribution in Kaneohe Bay. She is currently researching the effects of zoning laws and neighborhood influence on the gut microbiome of Native Hawaiians with the goal of influencing public policy. In her free time, she enjoys playing jazz piano and spending quality time with her bunny. 

Meet The Team: Meet the Team


Meet the directors of the Hawaiʻi Youth Climate Coalition. With positions ranging from the Advocacy, Communications, Logistics, and Outreach teams, HYCC has a place for everyone looking to combat the climate crisis.

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