MEET OUR STAFF!

DARRELL WHITAKER

Executive Director

darrell@campmokuleia.org 

Darrell grew up in Mississippi where he was shaped by summer camp experiences from an early age. Since then he devised a plan where he would never have to stop going to camp. After graduating from seminary, Darrell continued his career in Youth Ministry and Camp and Retreat Ministry in Mississippi, where he met his wife Paula and raised their three children, Joseph, Jack, and Martha. Since arriving at Camp Mokule'ia as the Executive Director in 2018, Darrell has grown a love for the beach where he enjoys sitting by the sea wall to watch the sea turtles. Most importantly, he still gets to go to camp!

 

 

LYNEA MITCHELL

Assistant Director 

lynea@campmokuleia.org 

Lynea has been an educator for over 15 years for children ages 3-18. As an educational specialist, she is passionate about helping humans of all ages grow in their social and emotional awareness. As an outdoor and farm educator, she loves guiding children in exploring the world around them with curiosity. In her free time, she enjoys running, snorkeling, diving, and a good game night with friends!

 

 

TARA LEE TANI

Office Manager

tara@campmokuleia.org 

Tara was born and raised on Oahu. She has three children and three granddaughters. She loves to read and travel. Her bucket list includes a European Tour. Last stop, Zippy's!

 

 

KYLE MITCHELL

Property Director

kyle@campmokuleia.org

Kyle grew up in Central Florida where the sun shines regularly, the beach is always nearby, and the winters are very mild. For the past 10 years he has been a farmer and farm-based educator in and around Northeast Ohio, leaning into the 4 seasons and those super cold winters. With experience in farming, education, and construction, Kyle brings a passion of listening to and caring for the land to Camp Mokule`ia. You may catch him smiling from ear to ear, excited to be back in a familiar climate, waiting to share this “place of abundance” with others.

 

 

LIBBY LANGFORD

Food Service Director

libby@campmokuleia.org 

Libby has spent many years here on Oahu! She has been in the hospitality industry for 24 years as a housekeeping director, property director, and food service director. She enjoys seeing the faces of the children when they have a new experience. She loves to prepare Loco Moco to allow guests to taste Hawaiian flavor. In her time off, she likes to play with her cats, do puzzles, and read on the beach.

 

 

EMMA BRIDWELL

Site Staff 

emma@campmokuleia.org 

Emma grew up going to summer camp in southwest Florida where she found a passion for this ministry. As a recent graduate from the University of Central Florida with a bachelor's degree in Hospitality Management, Emma, who has served in the camping ministry for over 7 years, continues her passion at Camp Mokule`ia. When not at camp, she can be found snorkeling the nearby reefs, hiking a trail, or sharing an eye-roll worthy pun.

 

 

NATHAN WARNER

Site Staff

nathan@campmokuleia.org 

Nathan joins Camp Mokule`ia from his home in Charleston, South Carolina. He found his passion for the outdoors and camp ministry while growing up at a year-round Christian Camp and Conference Center. He graduated in 2021 with a degree in Outdoor Education from Montreat College and spent his summers working at multiple summer camps. He is excited for a new opportunity at Camp Mokule`ia to grow and learn while having fun along the way. Nathan loves to surf, play guitar, or read a good book in his free time.

 

 

JOSEPH WHITAKER

Site Staff

joseph@campmokuleia.org

Joseph comes to the North Shore from the Deep South, and has been involved with Camp Mokule’ia in various capacities since 2018. With a degree in Biology from Birmingham-Southern College and years of camp ministry experience from his time at Camp Lake Stephens in Oxford, Mississippi, he is ready to help Camp Mokule`ia grow and thrive. When he isn’t working, Joseph can likely be found watching either football, baseball, or the turtles swimming off the reef.

 

 

JUSTINE LAFATA

Bookkeeper 

justine@campmokuleia.org 

 

 

CLEM PAISHON

Gardener

Clem is originally from Nanakuli, but he has lived on the North Shore for almost 40 years. He is very passionate and knowledgeable about Hawaiian culture and freely shares this knowledge with everyone he meets. He is a carpenter by trade, but his passion is to rebuild an ahupua`a (land division) which is fishing, planting, and rebuilding ka hale (the house). He malama aina (takes care of land).