Daniel Miller - Director "Turning the Canoe"

Danny Miller

Director, Ho‘okele Wa‘a: Turning the Canoe

Turning the Canoe Director, Danny Miller, has been producing award winning documentaries, television programming and live events for over twenty-five years. His productions have aired nationally on HBO, PBS, CINEMAX, BRAVO, A&E and SHOWTIME. He is a resident of Pahoa, Hawai`I and he has been living on the island of Hawaii since 2004.His most recent production, THE PUNALUU EXPERIENCE aired on HAWAII PBS and he is currently producing a feature length documentary about the future of agriculture in Hawaii, entitled SEEDS OF HOPE (link to trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Y6uIkDw1uM)

To see more of his work go to: http://www.youtube.com/dannymillerfilms


Alex de Roode

Alexander de Roode, M.S., LEED AP+ O&M

Producer, Ho‘okele Wa‘a: Turning the Canoe

Alex de Roode was born in Paris, France and has lived in numerous parts of the world including Oregon, Hawaii, Quebec, Panama, and Denmark.  His extensive experience living and traveling throughout different parts of the world have provided him with a unique worldview and an ability to understand perspectives from a variety of individual and cultural contexts.  He is fluent in English, French and Spanish.  Alex obtained his B.A. in International Affairs and Economics at the University of Colorado at Boulder.  He attended a variety of educational programs, including degree programs in horticulture and parks & protected areas management, and then obtained a Master of Science degree in Bioresource Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. 

Alex served as the first Executive Director of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) from 2007-2010.  In this capacity, he was involved in developing and implementing a wide range of sustainability training programs and was actively involved in community outreach activities dedicated to increasing people’s and organizations’ understanding and adoption of sustainable practices.  As a part of these efforts, Alex served as Producer for the making of Ho‘okele Wa‘a: Turning the Canoe, an award winning documentary film on sustainability within a Maui context. 

Alex is currently the Sustainability Manager for the Portland Community College District, where he is involved in multi-campus coordination and management of sustainability efforts and initiatives.  He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui (SLIM) and on the Board of Focus The Nation.  Alex is a staunch proponent of biomimicry (using models in nature as a basis for sustainable design), as well as an advocate for recognizing the value of indigenous and traditional practices to help inform sustainable design and development.


Janet Six

Janet Six, Ph.D.

Co-Producer, Ho‘okele Wa‘a: Turning the Canoe

Janet Six is long-time resident of Maui (since 1978) and has witnessed the island change over time - firsthand. In 1995, she received her AA in Liberal Arts from UH Maui Community College, holds an BA in Anthropology and Classical Civilizations from New York University, an MA Columbia University in Anthropology, and a MA and Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania specializing in Anthropological Archaeology.

Since returning to Maui in 2004, Dr. Six has been actively working on several cultural/ecosystem restorations on Maui including: the reconstruction of Lo`iloa in Iao Valley and heading up the two-year archaeological excavation at the sacred and political site of Moku`ula in Lāhaina on behalf of The Friends of Moku`ula (FOM) with UH-Maui College and New York University (NYU) faculty and students. See “Moku`ula - Restoring the Glory” in American Archaeology Magazine Spring 2012. Additionally, Dr. Six has served on the Sustainable Living Institute of Maui’s Steering Committee (2005-2012), The Maui- Branch of the Sierra Club’s Executive Committee (2013-2017) and as the Chair the Cultural Resource Commission for Maui County (2014-2017).