Every fish, every cloud, every reflection, every student, teacher and interaction is an integral part of the Mana Toa team.
Nothing is separate.
PATRICK AH MU, FOUNDER
Native to Hawaii and the North Shore of Oahu, Patrick Ah Mu’s understanding and investment in experiential education goes back to the early ‘90s.
At 17 years old, for his Eagle Scout project, Patrick built a ropes course and worked on it throughout the following year guiding peers and adults through their experience.
His real passion and dedication for this work, specifically the therapeutic element, came to rise during his years spent in the wilderness as a field instructor at a well known wilderness therapy program. During this time, his love for the therapeutic process would develop sitting around campfires and hiking through the mountains and desert.
Patrick followed up this experience with 4 years working in residential treatment.
Husband and father to three young children, Patrick loves spending time with his family, reading, surfing, spearfishing, working on art projects, making music, and training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Megan Ah Mu
Co-founder, Special Projects Director & Educational Coach
Chuck Liu, Ph.D.
Dr. Chuck Liu began his journey more than a decade ago as a senior field instructor at well known wilderness therapy program. After experiencing and participating in the transformation of countless students through wilderness therapy, he went on to obtain his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. He’s a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Hawai’i, and has worked in a variety of medical and community settings as an in-home family therapist and behavioral health specialist in a family medicine practice. He is also trained in providing psychological evaluations, and has taught at the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.
As Co-Founder of Mana Toa, he is involved in program development and creation and working with the team to make meaningful connections between the activities we participate in and inherent lessons within them. Dr. Liu integrates a deep knowledge of local agricultural practice into his work, drawing upon the relationship between holistic wellness and health with our connection to the ‘Aina (land) that sustains us.
Daniel brings years of business administration support and a love and passion for surfing to the team.