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Pualani Lincoln Maielua, M.A.

Program Director (Mauloa Restoration Project)

Blossom Pualani Lincoln Maielua is from Puʻukapu, Waimea, Hawaiʻi. A mother of three beautiful and energetic boys, a cultural practitioner and researcher, and an educator for over 20 years. Pualani received both a B.A. and M.A. at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in Hawaiian Studies where she focused on Mālama ʻĀina (natural resource management), Hālau o Laka (visual arts), and Moʻolelo (traditions and history).

She was first introduced to voyaging as a student in high school in 1999. In 2007, she sailed aboard Alingano Maisu on the Kū Holomau voyage to Satawal and Yap in Micronesia, served as an apprentice navigator in 2017 on Hōkūleʻa’s final leg from Tahiti to Hawaiʻi, and in 2019 navigated Makaliʻi to Nihoa and Mokumanamana. 

Pualani applies her time on the ocean, dedication to cultural practices, and land stewardship to the many classrooms and academic programs that she has taught in including Native Hawaiian Public Charter Schools - Hālau Kū Mana and Kanu o Ka ʻĀina; the University of Hawaiʻi system – Kamakūokalani at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, I Ola Hāloa of Hawaiʻi Community College and Pālamanui, and currently as a Hawaiian Studies teacher at Hawaiʻi Preparatory Academy. 

As a mother and educator, Pualani shares her passion for cultural revitalization, traditional lifestyles, and thriving communities.

Pualani Lincoln Maielua, M.A.
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