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CEO – American LED and Energy


As the CEO of American LED and Energy (AL&E), Wailana has applied his expertise in startups and turnarounds, project management, and sales/market development to preserve the environment and help companies go green by leaving a small carbon footprint, which has led to ground-breaking energy efficient products. Growing up in Hawai‘i, Wailana has always cared about the ‘āina (land), and has searched for innovative ways to create a sustainable lifestyle that incorporates traditional Native Hawaiian values. AL&E brings akahai (kindness) and service. In 2012, Wailana created another company, Native Hawaiian Energy whose mission is to help Native Hawaiians become more energy efficient through the use of PV and LED lighting with financing. His vision is to help Hawai‘i and the global economy to cut down on energy usage while receiving quality products.

Wailana has over 35 years of leadership and team development experience that includes service in nine Army organizations, four foreign countries and throughout the United States. He completed an exceptional career at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel (LTC), and earned four Meritorious Service awards and an Army Commendation award. After retirement, Wailana continued a leadership career as a State Farm Executive, and retired early to return home to Hawai‘i. As a visionary and result-focused executive, Wailana’s diverse background includes: developing and executing new market-area strategies, recruiting and retaining high producing small-business entrepreneurs, building relationships and networks across organizations, and achieving positive and profitable results in business and military environments. Wailana is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools and holds a Bachelors degree (BA) from Brigham Young University and a Masters degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Golden Gate University, San Francisco. Wailana’s professional designations include CLU, CLF, and CASL. He completed postgraduate studies in national security during his time in the Armed Forces, and executive development and finance programs from Columbia University. Wailana served as a board of director for several organizations, such as the Local Initiative Support Council (LISC) in San Francisco, the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, and Ho‘okūpa‘a.

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