Douglas McDonald Philpotts is affectingly known as “McD” by his family and friends. He is a Native Hawaiian artist who produces fine traditional Hawaiian furniture, bowls, sculpture, art panels, and canoes. He is a model for environmental responsibility and serves as a mentor to others in teaching this craft. He is influenced by the wisdom and natural intelligence of the Hawaiian culture.
In addition to his commitment to sustainability in his personal work, McD shares his expertise through many community projects. He plays a role in supporting Leeward Kai Canoe Club in Nanakuli, an organization that provides a safe and nurturing alternative for at risk youth on the Leeward coast of Oahu. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Assets School, the Native Hawaiian Chamber of Commerce, and Hawaii Statewide Land Trust Board. McD was also an honoree at the 2009 Hawaiian Civic Club of Honolulu’s Holoku Ball, in which he was recognized for his art, his commitment to long term sustainability and his pursuit of continual connection with our ancestors to preserve Hawai’i for future generations.