Lilinoe Kauahikaua joins Papa Ola Lōkahi under Hale Hoʻonaʻauao: The Learning Institute in the role of Population Health Specialist, focusing on addictions.
Lilinoe is a 2021 graduate of the Masters of Social Work program at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UHM). Her research focuses include data disaggregation, and Indigenous approaches to: behavioral/mental health, reentry services, incarceration, and substance misuse.
During her graduate studies, Lilinoe helped to develop the Mālama Project, a culturally grounded collegiate recovery program at UH Mānoa for students impacted by substance misuse.
Lilinoe is from Piʻihonua, Hilo on Moku o Keawe (Hawaiʻi Island) but has lived and grown in many other spaces throughout her journey, including Oʻahu, California, and Arizona.
Lilinoe received her B.A. in the Administration of Justice, with a minor in Hawaiian studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, along with a certificate in Hawaiʻi Lifestyles from Hawaiʻi Community College.
Lilinoe received the kāhea to return home and serve her lāhui over 10 years ago and is committed to pursuing social justice for the Native Hawaiian Community. She also enjoys singing, going to the beach, cultural learning, and spending time with ʻohana & friends.