Board and Staff
Experience and Dedication with True Aloha
President and Founder - Jim Edmonds
Jim and Harvest Edmonds first came to Kaua’i from Oahu in 1985. Here, they raised three sons (who all call Kaua'i home) and started several businesses. In 1988, Jim got his Real Estate license and soon founded Emerald Isle Properties on Kilauea Lighthouse Road, where it resides today. Jim's experience includes completing more than 25 subdivisions, CPR’s and projects, personally and for clients. Jim's belief in the need for Truly Affordable Housing and services for residents of Kaua'i has lead him to form Permanently Affordable Living Kaua'i with a dedicated team of staff and board members. He has a history of advocacy for innovative and sustainable approaches to affordable housing on Kaua'i and as Board President has committed 100% of his time and energy to the success of its mission for years. Jim's drive to make a difference for the residents of Kaua'i is the force behind Permanently Affordable Living Kaua'i. Jim brings knowledge, experience, energy and True Aloha as President of the Board of Directors and guiding light of Permanently Affordable Living Kaua'i.
Vice President - Greg Crowe
Greg first moved to Kaua’i almost 30 years ago, and volunteers his time as an advocate of sustainable affordable housing and the preservation of the islands history and culture. He is an entrepreneur, consultant, and private investor with over 40 years of business experience in residential development and construction (from single lots to 100 lot subdivisions), property management, medical research, preventive health care and computer science. Greg brings incredible knowledge to Permanently Affordable Living Kaua'i on sustainable community development and deeply affordable housing. He is an advocate for innovative and sustainable high quality development techniques that reduce construction costs an average of 30% while cutting construction time in half. Greg also teaches mediation in the community and brings a mindful, innovative and intelligent approach to building neighborhood communities that protects the environment, preserves the community culture and serves the people of Kaua’i for generations to come.
Treasurer - Harvest Edmonds
Harvest moved to Kaua’i in 1985, with Jim, and together they raised their three sons and started Emerald Isle Properties (EIP). Harvest has over 40 years' experience managing company finances for several family businesses, including EIP and others, including Kilauea Paint and Feed, owned by their oldest son, Iao. Harvest joined Jim at Emerald Isle Properties in 1998 and brings a strong finance and Real Estate background to Permanently Affordable Living Kaua'i’s team. Together with Jim, they have helped many clients to plan, develop, list and sell many subdivisions including two of their own. As part of their commitment to affordable housing, they listed and sold the 48 homes in “Kilauea Estates” Affordable Housing Subdivision, in 1998, and many other small and large projects during their combined 50 years in Real Estate. Harvest continues to serve the community as Permanently Affordable Living Kaua'i’s Treasurer and brings a reputation of honesty, fairness, creativity and good, old fashioned hard work. She embodies professionalism, excellence, and Aloha Spirit.
Secretary - Ian Rowland
Originally from ‘Oahu, Ian, known as "Hoku” to his friends, has been a part of the Kaua’i community since 1997. Hoku plays a crucial role at Permanently Affordable Living Kaua'i providing outreach to Kauai’s Native Hawaiian Community and as Secretary of the Board. His experience in life and knowledge of Hawaiian culture and language makes him an invaluable asset to our team. He is currently studying at Kauai Community College and hopes one day to receive a Masters Degree in Psychology. Hoku’s deep understanding of homelessness and addiction as well as his unparalleled ability to articulate these issues and bring them to light through his writing is an intangible asset to our board of directors. Kahokuokalanimano’okalanipo, his Hawaiian name, means "The Star that Shines Brightest in the Highest Heavens." True to his name, Hoku is our bright star.
Information Technology Director - Taylor Reid
Taylor is born and raised on the North Shore of Kaua’i. She is an honors graduate from the University of Hawaii and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications in 2015. Taylor is a passionate advocate for affordable sustainable housing, the environment, and concern for future generations of Kaua’i. While working with Jim Edmonds, Taylor has been responsible for much of the research that has gone into the concepts of sustainability promoted by Permanently Affordable Living Kaua’i. Formerly a licensed Real Estate Agent working for Emerald Isle Properties in Kilauea, Taylor will be starting a new career with the State of Hawaii's Department of Hawaiian Homelands in 2019. Taylor’s passion, knowledge, expertise, dedication and true Aloha Spirit are what makes her an asset to the community and the Permanently Affordable Living Kaua’i Board.
Leilani Spencer - Board Member
Leilani Spencer, a graduate of New York University, is currently employed by University of Hawaii at Manoa as a Nutrition Education Assistant. She provides life skills and nutrition education classes to limited income seniors and middle and high school students island-wide. Ms. Spencer is currently the Executive Director for Supporting the Language of Kaua’i Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, which is the fiscal support arm of Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School.
As one of the co-founders of the school, she served as Kawaikini’s facilities director since 2008, which involved the development and implementation of State CIP Septic funds, management of architects, engineers, site workers and building general contractors, including the relocation and building permitting process for all of the buildings at the campus. She also managed a large multi-year project that involved the construction of roadwork, water and electrical infrastructure, and installation of approximately 10,000 square feet of classroom space for the school, replacing some of the tents that had been previously used for classrooms. Ms. Spencer was born and raised in Hawaii, and is passionate about maintaining, sustaining and stabilizing the tight- knit communities on Kaua'i that she's always known and loved.
Puna Kalama Dawson - Board Member
A revered international and Kaua‘i cultural presence, Puna Kalama Dawson epitomizes the essence of aloha, whether formally teaching Hula or cozy at home.“Aloha is the characteristic of mankind − to be kind − and to build relationships between one another. We must understand we cannot exist in this world alone, and find the common threads that we share in the global family,” Puna describes passionately. Puna is a shining community figure, and is pivotal in supporting numerous programs, events and organizations that celebrate diversity and Hawaiian cultural values. From seed exchanges to surf meets and festivals to sacred ceremonies, Puna brings a gift of ancient Hawaiian wisdom and a family lineage that traces back through many island generations. She is a Hawaiian Cultural Practitioner, Affordable Housing advocate, finance expert, and founder of Lihue Townhomes and a local activist.
Executive Director - Lawrence Graff
Larry is an accomplished professional with over 25 years’ experience in government and non-profit services. Larry’s background includes affordable housing development, asset management, human resources, grant administration, fund raising, proposal writing, non-profit agency finance, public speaking, mediation, and grant compliance. Larry has worked in local government in California helping finance affordable housing projects and reducing homeless populations through a balanced approach to services and enforcement. As an administrator of non-profit agencies, Larry has been an Executive Director providing housing as well as an Assets and Operations Director managing 749 units of low-income housing at 52 locations. Larry is dedicated to serving the community and brings a level of expertise in non-profit administration, program management and affordable housing to Kaua’i and Permanently Affordable Living Kaua’i that represents his love for humanity and Aloha Spirit. Larry is also the co-founder of an event that has taken blind people surfing with Swamis Surf Association in California for the past 23 years and you can always find him once a month volunteering at Kaua’i Ocean Recreation Experience (KORE) helping persons with disabilities experience the joy of surfing.