Malia is a community organizer, educator, mediator and an active advocate for environment, education, empowerment of children, Hawaiian language and cultural education for over 20 years. Born and raised in Maui, Hawaiʻi, a native Hawaiian, and mother of five children, she received both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees as a non-traditional student from the University of Hawaiʻi in peace studies and political science.
She is a crew member of the Puʻu Kukui Watershed Preserve, the largest private ahupuaʻa (ridge to reef) in Hawaiʻi and second wettest place on Earth. She volunteers her skills to co-direct the LPH Foundation project with Hui Mahiʻai ʻĀina, small home shelter in Waimanalo, Oʻahu; and as a member of The Hawaiʻi Institute for Human Rights, networking organizations who provide services connected to the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
Malia’s connection to her kupuna (ancestors) and deep sense of service to the community helps her bring relevance and transformation to those she teaches. Aloha and hoʻoponopono are key, as all life exists because our love and forgiveness for and with each other is what reveals our purpose and next steps each moment. E hōʻola nā mamo o Hawaiʻi!