Welina mai me ke aloha nui!
ʻO Kanoelani Steward koʻu inoa, a no Lahaina, Maui mai au. Ua puka mai ke kula kiʻekiʻe ʻo Kamehameha Maui, a puka akula mai ke kulanui o Hawaiʻi ma Hilo me ʻelua laepua ma ke Kālaimeaola Kai a me ka Haʻawina Hawaiʻi. ʻAkahi hoʻi a puka mai ka papahana hoʻomākaukau kumu ʻo Kahuawaiola me ka palapala aʻo no nā haumāna e noho ana ma ka papa mālaaʻo a i ka papa ʻumikūmālua. Ma ka wā hoʻokahi o koʻu komo ʻana i ua papahana nei, ua lilo nō hoʻi au i kumu maoli no ka papa ʻehiku ma ke ʻano he kumu akeakamai ma ke kula ʻo Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu. ʻO wau ka muli o koʻu ʻohana, he ʻelua oʻu kaikuaʻana, a he ʻeono aʻu ʻohana keiki, a ke noho nei lākou a pau ma Maui. No Kaimukī naʻe koʻu mau kūpuna a me koʻu mau mākua, no laila nui nā lālā o ka ʻohana e noho nei ma kēia mokupuni o Kākuhihewa. Wahi a kahiko, he aliʻi ka ʻāina a he kauā ke kanaka, no laila he kuleana nō hoʻi ia ka mālama mau i ka ʻāina a me kona mau kumuwaiwai. He ʻiʻini nui koʻu e hana ma kēia ʻano ʻoihana mālama ʻāina ʻoki loa ka hana pū ʻana me nā kamaʻāina o nā kaiāulu me ka hoʻōla pū i ka ʻōlelo Hawaiʻi, no laila palena ʻole kuʻu mahalo no kēia kūlana me ka ʻohana TNC. Puni wau i nā hanana like ʻole e pili ana i ke kai keu hoʻi ka hoe waʻa ʻana, a nui koʻu makemake i ka huakaʻi a launa ʻana me nā hoaaloha a me ka ʻohana. He leo aloha a mahalo nui kēia iā ʻoukou pākahi, a pīhoihoi wale kēia i ke aʻo aku aʻo mai a launa nō hoʻi me ʻoukou a pau.
My name is Kanoelani Steward and I am from Lahaina, Maui. I graduated from Kamehameha Schools Maui, and then from UH Hilo with a BS in Marine Science and a BA in Hawaiian Studies. I just recently graduated from the Kahuawaiola Indigenous Teacher Education Program with a K-12 teaching certificate, and was also the 7th grade Life Science teacher at Nāwahīokalaniʻōpuʻu throughout this past school year that I was in the teaching program. I am the youngest in my ʻohana with two older sisters, and I have six nieces & nephews, and they all live on Maui. My grandparents and parents are from Kaimukī and so I do have a lot ʻohana that live here on the island of Oʻahu. It was said “he aliʻi ka ʻāina a he kauā ke kanaka,” meaning the land is a chief and man is its servant, therefore, it is a responsibility and a privilege to continually mālama the land and help to conserve its resources. With that manaʻo, I am really interested in working in conservation especially with local communities, as well as helping to revive the Hawaiian language, and so I am truly grateful for this opportunity to be part of The Nature Conservancy ʻohana. I love any and all activities that have to do with the ocean, especially paddling canoe, and I love to travel and hangout with friends and family. I am stoked to be here and look forward to sharing, learning, and meeting everyone during this fellowship.
Naʻu me ke aloha a mahalo nui,