Kainan Miranda Selected as Director of External Affairs

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Kainan Miranda Director of External Affairs, Hawaii and Palmyra © David Wood/TNC

Kainan Miranda has been selected to join the executive team and lead government relations for The Nature Conservancy (TNC) Hawai‘i and Palmyra. 

Miranda returns to Hawai‘i after serving in Washington, D.C. as Senior Policy Advisor for natural resources and conservation to Hawaiʻi Congressman Ed Case.   

“We are delighted to welcome Kainan as Director of External Affairs,” says Ulalia Woodside, Executive Director of TNC Hawai‘i and Palmyra. “He has demonstrated a deep commitment to caring for the ‘āina and fostering meaningful partnerships throughout Hawai‘i to advance conservation goals and ensure the sustainability of our precious ecosystems, from ridge to reef.” 

In this position, Miranda will help further the essential policies that enable and fund conservation through direct interaction with local, state, and federal elected officials, government agencies and others.  

“I am excited to play a role in advancing The Nature Conservancy’s vision for conservation in Hawai‘i and Palmyra,” says Miranda. “I have seen first-hand the impact our innovative, community-led approach to conservation management can have. I look forward to continuing to work collaboratively with stakeholders, communities, and policy makers in caring for the ‘āina.”  

Miranda has a proven track record of success at the federal level. He stewarded Congressman Case’s efforts to enact critical legislation such as the Coral Reef Conservation Act reauthorization and the Ka‘ena Point National Heritage Area Act, as well as advanced efforts to study whether to establish a National Forest in Hawaiʻi. His leadership in expanding protections in Papahānaumokuākea and the Pacific Remote Islands demonstrates his dedication to preserving Hawai‘i’s natural heritage for future generations. As Congressman Case’s Appropriations Coordinator, Miranda played a central role in securing tens of millions of dollars in federal appropriations for conservation activities in Hawai‘i. 

Miranda was raised in the hills and grasslands of Waimea on Hawai‘i Island. He received his B.A. in International Political Economy from Pitzer College in Claremont, California. Now based on O‘ahu, he is excited to return to a lifestyle that includes mauka and makai, including both ocean visits and hiking Hawai‘i’s trails.  

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