Ohana Aina, LLC (Hawaiian for "Family Land") was founded by Hawaiian born and raised Melissa Pankas in January, 2015. Ohana Equestrian Preserve was created to preserve open space, celebrate Virginia's proud equine tradition and to share the facility with the community. The ‘ohana’ concept carries with it a certain responsibility, an obligation to take care of those in your circles, as they take care of you.
To John and Tess Jubinsky, who swore they never would be Virginia landowners, we are so thankful you changed your mind! Without you, Ohana would never be.
MEET OUR STAFF
Luke Gibbons, Property Manager
Luke originally comes from southern California. He has had his hands in different trades such as doing professional hair styling and has also volunteered overseas for humanitarian work for several years. He was drawn to Ohana EP because of our focus in helping preserve the land and in giving back to our local community. Luke now works with us to help create efficient and sustainable approaches for the care of the land and its operations. He takes pride in ensuring the safety of our visitors that come to Ohana EP and that they have a great experience while they’re here.
Luke also helps with the equine care and operations of the Ohana Preservation Foundation.
Kristin Stewart, Director of Programs
Kristin is a Virginia native and currently lives in Aldie with her husband and three children. Kristin spent many years in corporate HR and project management. She joined Ohana in 2019 and continues as our Program Director. She also volunteers with the Ohana Preservation Foundation.