About the Owners
Ohana Aina, LLC (Hawaiian for "Family Land) was founded by Hawaiian born and raised Melissa Pankas in 2015. Melissa and her husband Jim, purchased the land to preserve it from development, keep it as "family land" to be used as an equestrian facility and make it available to the community.
The Pankas family feels blessed with the opportunity to have the land, build the facility and surround themselves with amazing businesses and individuals that not only support the equine culture of Loudoun County but diverse enough to also support their "Ohana" dreams of helping others through community programs.
To John and Tess Jubinsky, who swore they never would be Virginia landowners, we are so thankful you changed your mind! Without your faith, love and generosity, Ohana would never be.
Meet Our Staff
Luke Gibbons - Property Manager
Luke, originally from California, provides a diverse experience to Ohana from working overseas for humanitarian work, professional hair styling, and immense passion for organic, sustainable land. He was drawn to Ohana because of our focus on preserving the land, equine culture, providing to the community and charitable work. Luke manages Ohana’s daily operations, farm care, paddocks, riding rings and provides insight into an efficient and sustainable land. Luke met his wife in Virginia and is now a Virginia resident. He takes pride in Ohana and ensures the safety of our visitors, boarders, and horses to warrant a positive experience to all who visit Ohana.
Kristin Stewart - Director of Programs
Kristin comes to us with a variety of HR, Program and Operations experience. Kristin grew up in Virginia and currently lives in the Aldie area with her husband and three children. Kristin coordinates the programs and events for Ohana Equestrian Preserve and assists all our family of businesses.