Jeremiah Pomakaʻikekamalani O Keanuenue (Kama) Manantan

Leather Craft Mentor - North Kohala District

Kama is an alumnus of Kohala High school and of the Ka Hana Noʻeau Saddle-Making mentorship project in which he gained proficiency under the mentor, the late Bronson H. Fuertes Sr.

After being a mentee of the project, Kama now gives back by working for Partners In Development as the Leather Craft Mentor. Kama uses his classes to share his manaʻo of leather and the craftsmanship that comes along with it.

Kama like the fact that Ka Hana Noʻeau is a program that gives back to the community. It is a program in which the youth learn something that can better not only themselves, but also our community’s future generations.  Kama also likes that the project unites mentees, mentors, ʻohana, and community to form a strong inter-generational bond.

In his spare time, Kama enjoys training young horses on the ranch or working with his cows. A local boy at heart, you can find him anywhere. He's well equipped for the mountains or the ocean, whether its hunting for wild pigs or diving for some fresh fish. When he's not doing that, you can find him at home in his garage working on his leather crafts. Along with knife cases and belts Kama is best known for his Hawaiian Tree Saddles. Currently, Kama is the youngest saddle maker in Hawaiʻi. His love for the cowboy life style started at a very early age, long before he could even walk. Growing up he was often dressed in his best. That included his jeans, button down shirt, vest, and of course his cowboy hat.

Now, in his mid-twenties, he is a full-time ranch hand at Ponoholo Ranch located on the Kohala Mountain Road. He lives in a ranch house not far from the corral with a beautiful view from all sides.