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.

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Kawika Pegram

Founder

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.

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Dyson Chee

Executive Director

Dyson has been an avid water man for as long as he can remember, and loves going to the beach. A senior at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, Dyson joined Hawaiʻi Youth Climate Coalition to inspire other people to protect what they love, whether it be the local shore breaks or the health of their family and friends. In his free time, Dyson enjoys playing tennis, snorkeling, and drinking boba. 

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Clara Ontal

Co-Advocacy Director

Clara is 16 years old and attends ‘Iolani School. She is interested in the politics and discussion of environmental justice movements, land rights and usage, and youth civic engagement. In her free time, she enjoys writing, gardening, and musical theatre.

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Sabrina Cohan

Co-Advocacy Director

Sabrina is a senior at La Pietra Hawaiʻi School for Girls. She is interested in politics, community action, and civic education. She hopes to help others learn how to fight for the issues they care about and be involved in their communities. Outside of advocacy, her passions include dance, music, fashion, science, and math.

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Jade Frank

Communications Director

Jade is 18 years old and lives in Kapahulu, Oʻahu. She is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools Kapālama and is attending the University of Pennsylvania. She is passionate about politics and the intersections of social justice and economic policy. In her free time, she enjoys painting, cooking, and playing with dogs. 

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Kim Ashley Sunio

Co-Logistics 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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Michelle Matsumori-Kelly

Co-Logistics Director

Michelle is 19 years old and was born and raised on O'ahu. She graduated Kaiser High School in 2020 and is currently majoring in Environmental Studies at Humboldt State University. She is passionate about Environmental and Social Justice. In her free time, she enjoys playing guitar, drawing, and reading.

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Lucy Fagan

Co-Outreach Director

Lucy is a high school junior at Myron B Thompson Academy who was born and raised on O‘ahu. She became passionate about the environment in middle school and has since dove deeper into focusing on the intersection of climate change with other social issues. She enjoys learning, hanging out with friends, and crocheting.

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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. 

 

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.