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Belmonte, Woodson join Mahi Pono

Maui farming company Mahi Pono has appointed Leah Belmonte as director of human resources and Stacy Woodson as project manager of business operations.

Prior to becoming the director of human resources, Belmonte served as the Maui-based representative for the Office of the Governor, a role she held since 2015.

“I am honored to be part of the Mahi Pono team that has the opportunity to improve the agricultural landscape in Hawaii, including bringing economic diversification and employment opportunities that will impact many generations to come,” said Belmonte in a news release.

Woodson, Mahi Pono’s new project manager of business operations, is responsible for development and oversight of all marketing, sales and educational initiatives within the Business Operations department. This includes day-to-day management of the company’s website, social media presence, branding design, orchard and row crop sales and more. Her role also includes management of sponsorships, non-profit communications and educational opportunities at the high school and college level.


Previously, Woodson served as a school community relations program assistant at Maui High School, where she worked to expand family and community engagement and facilitate school-community collaboration through multimedia communication, network development and brand promotion.

“I am excited and grateful to join the Mahi Pono team,” said Woodson. “I’ve always been passionate about supporting meaningful efforts and as a born and raised Maui girl, the work towards keeping Maui green and boosting food security for Hawaii while keeping sustainable farming practices at the forefront of operations is very motivating work. Mahi Pono’s success in carrying out its mission will be a big benefit for all of us, and especially our keiki.”


Belshoff promoted to resident manager

Rider Levett Bucknall, a construction consultancy firm based in the Hawaiian Islands, announced the promotion of Paul Belshoff to resident manager for the firm’s Maui practice.


Belshoff is responsible for overseeing Rider Levett Bucknall’s local operations and driving successful outcomes for projects across Maui County, as well as continuing to advise clients on the cost, time, quality and risk of construction projects.

He also leads strategic development for the Rider Levett Bucknall team based in Kihei.

Belshoff is a member of the Maui Chamber of Commerce, Construction Industry of Maui and the Maui Economic Development Board.

“At Rider Levett Bucknall, we believe the best outcomes only come from the best people, which is why we are extremely proud to grow our regional leadership from within our organization and empower them to shape the future of the built environment,” said Erin Kirihara, executive vice president of Rider Levett Bucknall. “Paul has been invaluable to our team since initially joining the firm as a project engineer in Honolulu. He has built his career upon a track record of delivering iconic new build and renovation projects as well as long-standing relationships with clients, which we are certain will inspire a bright new chapter for our team and partners across the County of Maui.”


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