Growing up on the West Side of Kauaʻi, I love sunshine, heat, sand and salt. I followed both my continued education and my kāne to Hilo, in 2012, when I started in UH Hilo's Tropical Conservation Biology and Environmental Science (TCBES) Master’s program. Since then, I’ve been growing my appreciation of thunderstorms, freshwater and rocks... lots of rocks. Internships and work experience in conservation have fed my love of native plants and drive to learn all I can about our island home. Thus, I’m a believer in learning through doing, and although I'm a cautious person by nature, I’ve learned a lot about the “sink or swim” methodology from my husband as well as Hālau ʻŌhiʻa. Previously, I worked as a program coordinator for the Pacific Internship Programs for Exploring Science (PIPES) where I was able to help facilitate experiential learning opportunities for undergraduates.
Other than native plants, I enjoy good beer, well-organized spreadsheets, color coding and learning new skills.