Sharon Stanbro

Sharon “Sammie” Stanbro is an educator and farmer, growing organic coffee in Holualoa on Hawai’i Island.  Sammie was born and raised in San Diego, California and first lived in Hawaii in the 1960’s while breaking boundaries as a female crew member on yacht races across the South Pacific.  She raised her two sons (Josh—a Program Director at the Hawaii Community Foundation, and Orion—a green builder on Kauai) on an apple farm in Northern California with her husband Phil, who was a life-long conservationist.  She earned a bachelor's degree at Chico State University and a Masters of Education at Portland State University.  Sammie moved back to Hawaii in 1994, and became engaged in environmental issues in West Hawaii.  In 2006, she was a leader of the Save Our Lands Citizen’s Committee that gathered thousands of signatures and successfully placed the 2% county land fund on the ballot, ultimately passing with an overwhelming 64% positive vote.  In 2012, she helped lead a follow-up effort that reversed county raids of the fund and permanently protected the land fund under a charter amendment, and also successfully dedicated funds for land stewardship on the Big Island.  Sammie serves on the Mayor’s Exceptional Tree Commission, the Kailua-Kona Village Design Commission and is a Hospice counselor.  Sammie loves paddling and coaching at Keauhou Canoe Club in Kona, and has had a hand in 13 state championship teams and 13 Molokai crossings over the last decade.