My family’s roots run deep in ‘Aiea and Pearl City. I was born in Waipi‘o and was raised in ‘Aiea after living overseas in Japan.

I graduated from Kamehameha Schools and attended the University of Hawai‘i at Mänoa. I earned my bachelor’s degree in business management from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Like every local family in our community, my mother and father worked hard to provide for their family. My husband Jay and I are now raising our two children — son Kainalu, 14, and Kahiau, 6 — in the very same community that raised me. After becoming a mom and working over 17 years in the hospitality industry, I’ve realized just how hard it can be to raise a family and make ends meet.

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