Meet the Board
Rick Kaponowaiwaiola Barboza, Treasurer, O‘ahu Representative
Rick is a General Partner with Hui Kū Maoli Ola, a thriving nursery and landscaping company that focuses primarily on the propagation and installation of native Hawaiian plants. HKMO implements contract work with various state and federal agencies to perform habitat restorations within Hawai‘i’s numerous types of ecosystems. The nursery also provides native plants to private and commercial landscapers, hotels and resorts, and retail outlets, such as the Home Depot.
Rick graduated from the Kamehameha School in 1993; obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Zoology from the University of Hawai‘i in 1999, with a primary focus on Hawai‘i’s natural history and the conservation of native biota; co-founded Hui Kū Maoli Ola in 1999; and served on the Board of Directors for the Honolulu Botanical Gardens in 2002. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Conservation Council for Hawai‘i and the Landscape Industry Council of Hawai‘i, and is on the Executive Council of Ka Mauli Hou (formerly Hawai‘i Restoration and Conservation Initiative) and the Sierra Club Hawai‘i Chapter. Rick is also one of the founding directors of Papahana Kuaola, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to create quality education programs focused on Hawai‘i’s cultural and natural history integrated with Hawaiian knowledge. He was the primary contributor to “In The Garden,” a weekly column in the former Honolulu Star-Bulletin that ran on Fridays from June 2002 to 2009.