My road in life took a while to figure out.
She always wanted to go into law, and she always wanted to give back to her community.
In high school, she did some volunteering with environmental groups, and she also had a deep love of Hawaiian culture.
She’d planned to just do a pre-law program, but an advisor encouraged her to talk to a Hawaiian studies counselor.
They worked out a Hawaiian studies course for her, with a focus on Hawaiian politics and natural resource management.
She then went to law school at the William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
She became one of very few people in the world to earn a certificate in Native Hawaiian law.
After school, she started at NOAA; she works on the Marine National Monument Program, which oversees four national monuments.
The four monuments protect over 330,000 square miles of water, and diverse coral, fish and seabird populations.
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