Shaelene Kamakaʻala (Hawaiʻi)

Ms. Shaelene Kamakaʻala was born and raised in the ahupuaʻa of Punaluʻu, Koʻolau
Loa, Oʻahu, Hawaiʻi. She graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 2005, completed
her Associate’s of Art Degree in Political Science from Marymount College, Palos
Verdes, California in 2007, her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from the
University of San Diego in 2009, and most recently, her Juris Doctor Degree from the
William S. Richardson School of Law at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2014.
Ms. Kamakaʻala is rooted and active in her community as the joint-co-founder of the
Kahana Kilo Kai program, a grassroots and community-based ocean monitoring
program. Kahana Kilo Kai’s vision is to build the community’s capacity to restore
Kahana’s konohiki fishery and bring abundance back to the bay. She also represents
Oʻahu as a member of the E Alu Pū Council, a network of grassroots communities
caring for their place. Since graduating from law school, she has had the privilege of working with and learning from
communities statewide, while championing community-based stewardship of Hawaiʻi’s nearshore fisheries. Over the past
year, she worked with the Hui ʻĀina Momona Program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa to develop a crossdisciplinary
graduate and professional level certificate program in culturally grounded resource management. She was also
afforded the opportunity to assist the Moʻomomi and Hoʻolehua Homestead community as they updated and submitted its
Moʻomomi North Coast of Molokaʻi Community Based Subsistence Fishing Area Proposal and Management Plan to the
Dept. of Land and Natural Resources, Division of Aquatic Resources. Recently she has joined Townscape, Inc. staff to
develop a watershed management plan for urban Honolulu.