No Keaukaha mai au no ke ahupuaʻa ʻo Waiākea ma ka Moku o Keawe. ʻO wau nō ʻo Kalani Quiocho he mamo no Kalaniʻōpuʻu a me nā moʻokūʻauhau no Hawaiʻi a Maui. Hoʻohanohano ʻia wau i kēia kūlana ma ke ʻano he kiaʻi o ka ʻāina. He pahuhopu kaʻu e lilo i akeakamai ka mea hoʻi e mālama i ko Hawaiʻi ʻāina a me ke kai. Ma hope o koʻu puka ʻana mai ke kula kiʻekiʻe ʻo Kamehameha ma Kapālama, Oʻahu, ua hele au i KNH ma Mānoa, a puka me ke kekelē no Hālau ʻIke Hawaiʻi. A laila hoʻomaka wau i ka ʻoihana ma ke ʻano he mea kilo no NOAA ma kahi o ʻekolu mau makahiki. Ma o kēia hana i paʻa ai iaʻu ka manaʻo e hoʻi aku i Hilo a komo i KNH ma Hilo no ke kālaimeaolakai. Hoihoi au i ka haʻawina Hawaiʻi, ka hoʻomaluō, a me ka hana pū me nā kaiāulu. Makemake wau e kālele i ka hoʻopili ʻana i ka ʻike kuʻuna Hawaiʻi me ka ʻepekema i ala e hoʻomau ai ma ka hoʻomaluō. Mahalo iā ʻoukou e nā kūpuna, nā ʻohana a me nā mea i hūnā ʻia. Naʻu ka hauʻoli no kēia ʻikena. Mahalo piha
I am from Keaukaha in Waiākea on the Hawaiʻi Island. I am Kalani Quiocho a descendant of Kalaniʻōpuʻu and the lineages of Hawaiʻi and Maui. I am honored to receive this position as an emerging conservationist. It has been a dream to become a scientist and participate in conserving Hawaiʻi’s unique landscapes and seascapes. After graduating from Kamehameha on Oʻahu, I attended UH Mānoa, and graduated with a BA in Hawaiian Studies. I then began working with NOAA as a longline fishery observer for nearly 3 years. This position prompted me to return home and attend UH Hilo as a Marine Science major. I am interested in Hawaiian culture, conservation, and I really enjoy working with communities. And my focus is to integrate traditional Hawaiian knowledge and science as a method for approaching conservation. I want to thank everyone seen and unseen who have allowed me to be here in this place and time. I look forward to a rewarding experience. Mahalo.