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

About Us

Marimed Foundation  808.626.5799   info@Marimed.org
Kailana  808.239.2939
(after 5 pm M-F, weekends and holidays only) 808.367.4685

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, 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

Chief Operations Officer
Craig Norton – Craig.Norton@Marimed.org  808.542.0577

Director of Development
Lynn J. Carey – Lynn.Carey@Marimed.org  

Human Resources Manager
Kristen Schen – Kristen.Schen@Marimed.org 808.352.0201 Fax: 808.247.0330

Kailana Program (Residential Therapy & Education CBR III) 

Admissions  808.239.2939/808.306.5810
Phillip Humphrey – Phillip.Humphrey@Marimed.org  Fax: 808.239.0333

Program & Clinical Director
Jacob Bainbridge – Jacob.Bainbridge@Marimed.org  808.202.6416

Community Liaison
Melissa Hebert –
Melissa.Hebert@Marimed.org  808.306.5810

Maritime Careers Exploration Program and SSV Makani Olu Charters

Director of Maritime Operations
Jodie Yim – Jodie.Yim@Marimed.org  808.226.6226 / 808.349.3774   Fax: 808.356.0935  

Ho`oma`a (After-School Counseling & Outdoor Experiential Program)

Program Coordinator
Melissa Hebert – Melissa.Hebert@Marimed.org  808.3o6.5810

2016 – 2017

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.DCFO / Administrative Director
Frank Shivers
Education & Medical Standards
Charles GiuliFinance Committee
Ryan NobrigaLong 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 FoundationPersonnel Committee
Laura Iaea-Behic
Human Resources Manager
Island Palm Communities 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
Christine Maxwell
Ruth Ono