Born and raised on Hawai‘i Island, holding a degree in Tropical Horticulture, John Cross is the land manager for Edmund C. Olson Trust II, including for its primary company, Ka‘ū Farms Management. In this capacity, Cross has been instrumental in the discovery and careful restoration of Pāhala’s historical water systems, the construction of a hydroelectric plant tapping into the new master-engineered systems, and viable, sustainable agricultural development.
With decades of experience in business, macadamia nuts, and product development, Schnitzler is deeply at home with the Trust’s mission to make agriculture in Hawai‘i sustainable, from crop and farmer to distribution and sales. Born in Michigan, Schnitzler came to Hawai‘i in 1976. After ten years in retail management, he wished to learn at ground level in Laupahoehoe’s sugar fields, but soon he worked as Vice President at Hawaiian Holiday Macadamia Nut Company, furthering macadamia nuts as a leading Hawai‘i crop. Eventually, at Mac Farms of Hawaii and then Kona Confections, which he co-owned, he became an expert in chocolate, as a stream of new value-added products entered the market under his guidance.
When Keolanui first met Ed Olson, more than twenty years ago, agriculture no longer held much promise for Hawai‘i’s families, and Troy made his living working at a restaurant. He began to help Olson with the clearing of some land and the building of stone walls. In 2002, he formed a partnership with Olson for OK Farms on the Wailuku river in Hilo, which was partially planted in macadamia nuts, had been in agriculture for over 100 years, and could be cleared to open to magnificent natural vistas, including unique and daring close-up views of Rainbow Falls.
A graduate of University of California at Los Angeles Law School, Miller has practiced law in Southern California for well over forty years, specializing in real estate. He has also advised and represented homeowner associations and independent schools. While firmly established in the wider Los Angeles area, Miller also nurtured a deep affinity for wilder, more isolated locales.
President and founder of Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing, the fourth largest law firm in Hawai`i, with offices on O`ahu, Maui and Hawai`i Island, Alston has been practicing in Hawai’i since 1971, and holds a degree from University of Southern California Law Center. He hails from Los Angeles, but when he first came to Hawaii in 1965, he knew he had found his new home. In 1977, shortly after he started in private law practice and with a focus on counseling clients in real estate and commercial matters, Alston began working with Ed Olson, whom he had known since 1970.