I have a deep aloha for our ʻāina and appreciate all kinds of ways to connect to and learn from her. Whether planting, making lei, weaving… I appreciate how Hālau `Ōhi`a has inspired my curiosity and the many ways I can interpret and aloha this community and this honua. From small kid days I was rambling rocks in my samurai slippahs and grinding hā`uke`uke with my aunty them- I mahalo the ocean peoples for this relationship. In my youth, I first learned about the concept of land stewardship from Hawai`i Youth Conservation Corps and hugged young and old trees in all types of environments-I mahalo the forests for planting a seed in me to further that kuleana. It was because of those experiences, I graduated with my B.S. in Agroecology and Environmental Quality and here I am in my adult life raising my family. We are growing food on our homestead in Waiākea and re-connecting to what makes us HAPPY - I mahalo all of the opportunities, the challenges, and support that encouraged and continue to inspire my growth. Looking forward to supporting our learners on this curious journey and all the ways we can connect and be inspired, I ola `oe i ola mākou nei!