Team

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 Second Nature Unitas in Utah. 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

Megan Ah Mu

Co-founder, Special Projects Director & Educational Coach

Megan has a Masters in Education and over 20 years of international humanitarian experience. From volunteering and living in Angola, Africa when she was 20 to directing a international humanitarian foundation, Megan has successfully started education and economic development projects with women’s groups and rural communities in Nepal, Uganda and Bolivia. She is excited to use her expertise to help Mana Toa participants realize their future goals.
Chuck Liu, Ph.D.

Chuck Liu, Ph.D.

Clinical Director

Dr. Chuck Liu began his journey more than a decade ago as a senior field instructor at Second Nature Uintas. 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 the clinical director of Mana Toa, he is involved in the coordination of clinical care for the residents, including providing individual and family therapy, and working closely with the program’s substance abuse counselors and community placements. Dr. Liu integrates a deep knowledge of local agricultural practice into his treatments, drawing upon the relationship between holistic wellness and health with our connection to the ‘Aina (land) that sustains us.

Nikki Oishi, MFT

Nikki Oishi, MFT

Primary Therapist

Nikki Oishi was born and raised on the island of Oahu. She had the opportunity to later attend college (BA in Psychology) and graduate school (MA in Marriage and Family Therapy) in San Francisco while also working in residential treatment facilities for dual diagnosis teens.

Upon return to Oahu, she worked for the DOE as a school-based therapist and then as a therapist for the military population supporting both service members and their families. It was around the same time that Nikki started a private practice on the North Shore of Oahu where she feels blessed to call home. For nearly 20 years it’s been her passion to help people access their inner resilience, learn new ways of seeing and doing things, and move towards well-being with sustainability.

Rod and Karin Martin

Rod and Karin Martin

Surf and Accountability Coaches

Roderick Martin is a father, electrical contractor, real estate investor, toy inventor, Tony Robbins student, lover of people and entrepreneur.

Karin Martin is an amazing mother, Hawaiian Airline pilot, life coach, lover of life, and Tahitian dance champion and instructor.

Together we have the most amazing daughter now 3 who is being raised to love life and appreciate who she is and what we have to be grateful for.

Corey Harper

Corey Harper

Boxing and Recovery Coach

Corey Harper grew up in Florida and learned to surf almost before he could walk. The youngest of four boys, he developed a strong drive to push himself to grow and succeed.  His hard work paid off and Corey had an early career as a professional skateboarder in California.

After suffering a career-ending injury, Corey then had to cope with the loss of the thing he loved the most. The next 7 years were a struggle – both with a lack of direction in his life and with prescribed pain medication. He tried many different ways to stop but couldn’t and that took him to some of the darkest times in his life. He decided to finally get help and seek out treatment. The skills he learned there helped him deal with life and all the pain he had caused in his family and himself. After 3 months of inpatient treatment, he decided to take his life back on a more positive and fulfilling path. With the tools he learned and the excitement of having his life back he started surfing and skateboarding again. He also took up new activities like working out, running, free diving, and ultimately he discovered a love of boxing.

Corey moved to Oahu to start again — sober and with a newfound passion for life. The island has brought him so much pleasure in things he had once grown apart from and offered him many new passions which he hopes to share with others. On any given day you’ll find me in the gym training, in the water or spending time with family which he has learned is the most important to recovery.

Daniel Bachmann

Daniel Bachmann

Strength and Conditioning

B.S exercise science from BYU
CSCS Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
NASM Certified Personal Trainer
CrossFit Certified Trainer
CrossFit Mobility
CrossFit Endurance
TRX Certified Coach
Ginastica Natural Level 3 Certified
Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

The truth

We’re not going to lie to you. There will be wipeouts … figuratively and physically. We learn through our mistakes here so you can thrive once you’re home.