"Successful experiential-based therapy, education, and enhancement programs since 1992"

About Us

Marimed Foundation  808.354.2932
or info@Marimed.org
8:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. M-F.

Marimed Foundation is a nonprofit corporation with a long history of serving Hawaii and the Pacific; growing and changing to meet the needs of our communities. Established in Hawai`i in 1984, Marimed Foundation is a IRS 501(c)(3) public charity. We operate experiential-based therapy, education, vocational, and community programs from our Kāne’ohe and Kahalu`u campuses to meet the needs of Hawai`i youth, adults, families and communities.

Our Mission:

Marimed delivers ocean and land-based learning experiences that empower youth, adults and families and strengthen communities. At the core of each of these programs is our 96’ tall-ship, SSV MAKANI OLU, which serves as a platform for learning activities, skills-building, vocational training, and extraordinary — potentially transformational — experiences.  Guiding our services are our program graduates, families, agencies, staff and trustees.

Marimed’s programs are licensed and accredited to ensure the highest quality services and standards, including the Joint Commission, the Hawai`i State Department of Health and the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Division. Marimed is a member of the Outdoor Behavioral Health Council, Association for Experiential Education, Association of Children’s Residential Centers, Association for Career and Technical Education, Hawai`i Youth Services Network and other professional organizations. Marimed was named the nation’s Sail Training Program of the Year by the American Sail Training Association in 2017.


President & CEO
Matthew Claybaugh, PhD – Matt.Claybaugh@Marimed.org  808.384.3632


Maritime Careers Exploration Program and SSV Makani Olu Charters
Program Director and Principal Investigator: Matthew Claybaugh, PhD
Matt.Claybaugh@Marimed.org   Phone: 808.384.3632
Program Coordinator: Melissa Hebert
Melissa.Hebert@Marimed.org    Phone: 808.306.5810
Program and Career Liaison:
MCE@Marimed.org   Phone: 808.349.3774  Fax: 808.247.0330

Ho`oma`a (After-School Counseling & Outdoor Experiential Program)
Program Manager: Melissa Hebert
Melissa.Hebert@Marimed.org  808.306.5810


Chairman, Board of Trustees
William M. Tam, Esq.
(Former) Deputy Director
State Department of Land & Natural ResourcesTreasurer
Ryan Nobriga
Hawaiian DredgingSecretary
Charles Giuli, Ph.D.
Pacific Resources for Education and Learning (Retired)
President / CEO
Matthew A. Claybaugh, Ph.D





Education & Medical Standards
Charles Giuli
Finance Committee
Ryan Nobriga
Long Range Planning
Dave H. Higgins, Esq.
Alston Hunt Floyd & Ing (Retired)
Co-Founder, Marimed Foundation

Medical Director
Ilona Laszlo Higgins, MD, FACOG
Co-Founder, Marimed Foundation
Personnel Committee
Laura Iaea-Behic
Human Resources Manager
Ship Safety and Operations
Tim Guard
President & G.M.
McCabe, Hamilton & Renny Co., Ltd.
William Anonsen
Managing Partner
The Maritime GroupRon Cox
Vice President, Generation and Fuels
Hawaiian Electric CompanyCarol Nelson
Human Resources Professional
Capt. Paul Kaipo Pomaikai
Assistant Port Captain
Sause Brothers Ocean Towing Co.Nainoa Thompson
Program Director
Polynesian Voyaging SocietyWilliam “Billy” C. Pieper II, CFP®, ChFC
Vice President of Business Development
Makai Ocean Engineering
Robert M. Grossman Ph.D.
Richard W. Gushman, II
Admiral Thomas B. Hayward, USN (Ret.)
Ron Hochuli
Ruth Ono