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As a tremendous lover of birds and wildlife Mandy has dedicated her life to avian conservation. From the time she was a young girl she was collecting natural history observations in her own backyard, volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation and education center and rescuing unwanted pet parrots.
She earned a Bachelor's of Science in Environmental Studies at East Stroudsburg University and began conducting countless environmental programs as a Naturalist, a Lead Conservation Educator at an AZA accredited zoo and as a Bird Banding and Education Specialist at the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center. Mandy continued to broaden her scientific studies and field skills with the Ornithology Lab at Villanova University pursuing graduate school.
Her passions for parrots led her to the remote forests of Manu, Peru, where she spent several months working to save endangered macaws, as well as studying tropical ecology in Costa Rica, Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
She is grateful to have embarked on her new life here in Oahu as a guide and a professional Near East dance artist. Mandy is eager to share her knowledge and enthusiasm of Hawaii's culture, history, wildlife and most especially, its unique and fascinating birds.
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Levent spent his childhood growing up in Southeast Asia, exploring volcanoes, exotic islands and lush tropical rain forests. This led to him to develop a deep love for nature at an early age. In school his favorites subjects were biology and geography, as he loved learning about animals, the environment, and how the earth worked. After finishing high school, Levent decided to make the move to the United States for college, where his love of the natural world led him to pursue a degree in geology at the University of Miami in Florida. Upon receiving his Bachelor's, he went on to complete a Master of Science degree in geology at The Ohio State University, where he focused on submarine landslides and salt tectonics. After having to endure two brutally cold winters in Ohio, Levent felt the time was right to move back to the tropics, and Hawaii seemed like the right place. Hawaii was always a place he held close to his heart as his godmother is from Oahu which meant he often spent summers visiting the islands as a child. First, Levent settled on Hawaii Island where he led volcano tours, giving people a up-close and personal experience with lava and Madam Pele. Eventually though, he wanted yet another change n scenery and made the short jump over to Oahu. Here, Levent enjoys guiding tours and sharing the beautiful nature that the island has to offer with guests from all over the world. When he is not showing people the islands spectacular sites, he likes to spend his time on the ocean trying to be friend humpback whales, monk seals and sea turtles.
Jim was born in Hershey, PA and grew up around the Harrisburg area. Studied Environmental Science/Ecology (education) at Millersville University before embarking on 20+ years of professional alpine ski instruction/coaching. His most recent position was a s Head Coach/Program director of Meadows Race Team on Mt. Hood, Oregon. He is a former PSIA-NW Divisional clinic leader. Summer months gave him the opportunity for various jobs: He worked in Alaska on salmon tenders, worked in New Zealand at Cardrona Ski resort, worked as a bicycle guide all over the western US, and worked at Big Winds in Hood River, OR as a SUP instructor and guide in the Columbia river gorge. Along the way he got lucky and met his wife, who end up taking a teaching job here on Oahu. Jim is returning to the University of Hawaii to finish his studies. He is an avid outdoor recreationalist and sports fanatic. You name it he does it, watches it, and/or knows about it :) He Surfs and SUPs as much as his free-time allows. Loves to travel, read, pay chess ,taste wine, drink good beer and discuss current theories in cosmology with anyone who will engage.
Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, Bethany graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management in 2010. After college she decided she wanted to live where there are mountains, ocean and warm weather year round. So she worked three jobs in one year saving up and came out to Hawaii to live! She loves to work hard as a tour guide extraordinaire to make sure you have the best time on our adventures together. Let her show you some of the best spots on the island. When not leading tours, you will find Bethany hiking and exploring different parts of Oahu and beyond or reading under her beach umbrella on the beach.
Sage grew up in the Appalachian mountains of Virginia and has always had a deep love and fascination for the natural world. This fascination leads her to an undergraduate degree in Biology & Environmental Science. After college she worked at an environmental educational field center in the Bahamas, where she got to teach teenagers about underwater ecosystems and tropical ecology. Not feeling quite finished with tropical locations, she decided to move to Hawaii to work on her Masters. She has been in Hawaii for almost three years now and has been lucky enough to work as a tour guide for most of that time. She was delighted to find this job as it gives her a chance to learn and an opportunity to get out in nature, and talk story with interesting people from all over the world. She also loves to dance and performs professionally with a troupe called Kalalea Fire. In her free time she love to swim in the ocean and explore the woods.
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Paul works in Boston, for six months out of the year, where he shares his knowledge of American History. He then moves to Hawaii to devote his time to increase his knowledge of Hawaii's natural history and culture.
Since his first visit to the Hawaiian Islands, Paul has fallen in love with the flora and fauna, as well as the diversity of cultures. He enjoys sharing his growing knowledge with enthusiasm and passion on his tours. During his spare time he enjoys exploring the island, hiking, paddling, swimming and attending cultural events or concerts.
He can't wait to take you on his next nature tour adventure!
A specialist in local flora and fauna, Eric did graduate work at the University of Hawaii in tropical forest ecology and land use planning. He is also an expert in linguistics and speaks Hawaiian as well as fluent Portuguese, Spanish and Jamaican Creole. He has the distinction of being one of Oahu Nature Tours original nature guides, having worked with us from 2000 to 2004 before moving to the North Shore of the island and then on to Brazil, California and Jamaica. Now back on Oahu, he has rejoined our team to do once again what he always loved, sharing the experience with visitors and showing them all the fascinating things most never get a chance to see.
Justin is a graduate student in Social Work with a degree expected in May 2016. His deepest interests focus on the re-coupling of people with their land-base. In Hawaii, this means leaning to aloha and malama the 'Aina, or to love and care for the land.
He is a kama'aina of Waikiki, and received a BA in English, with the focus of Pacific Island poetics, from the University of Hawaii at Manoa in 2007. After several years spent as an EFL teacher, itinerant fruit picker, and an organic farm intern, Justin came home to pursue a career in social therapeutic horticulture. As part of this Journey he also earned a certificate in Subtropical Urban Arboriculture and a Permaculture Design Certificate. He also currently volunteers as a mentor for troubled, or at-risk youth.
In his free time, he enjoys reading about and practicing agro-ecological practices, weight training, and binge watching tv. Despite a life-long connection to Hawaii, he cannot surf.
Sky began his life "on the road" with parents of the Sixties generation. He was born in the small Canadian/Indian village of Bella Coola, British Columbia and his early travels took him through out the Western United States in the family's camper, a converted milk delivery truck. The Chamberlains spent two years living in a teepee on an Indian reservation in Arizona before continuing on to Mexico. When at last the limits of age required that Michael attend school, the family settled down in Grand Haven, Michigan. While growing up in Michigan, "Sky" developed the habit of exploring every possible nook and cranny of the State. As he got older he expanded his interests to the Central and Eastern United States. His hobbies included hiking, camping, mountain biking, kayaking, and photography.
After graduating from high school, Sky put on a backpack and hitch hiked from Michigan to California. When no "car" could go further he bought a one-way ticket to Kauai, Hawaii. He lived on Kauai for six months assisting in the recovery effort of Hurricane Iniki victims, a devastating storm that had struck the island on September 11 1992. The experience had a profound effect on him and he and his wife Sarah spent the next ten years networking their way back to Hawaii.
Sky pursued his interest in filmmaking and in 1999 he got his first break into the world of motion pictures on the set of a French production. There he met his friends and future partners. He began working as a Grip and Electrician for motion pictures and television. In 2001 he teamed up with fellow film buffs to create their first full-length independent film. After four solid years in the industry he convinced himself that "the time is now" and he and his wife moved to Oahu.
"Finally I can explore and learn about some of the worlds most unique and endangered species!" Ideally, he would like to help create a documentary film emphasizing the serious condition of these plants and animals. "If you believe in such a thing as a higher calling…this I feel is mine!" Sky continues to be fascinated by each new species he discovers and he is equally enthusiastic about sharing this knowledge with others!