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Pelika Andrade

Pelika Andrade is a native Hawaiian born and raised on the island of Kaua'i. She has a long history with the coastal communities across the archipelago, as an island child raised surfing, sailing, and fishing with her parents, and later as a crew member of the voyaging canoe Makali‘i and a researcher conducting intertidal monitoring along various shorelines throughout Hawaii. She has been involved with many organizations and projects working to better our communities of people, place, and natural resources, through education, conservation efforts and lifestyle changes. For the past 7 years, she has been developing alternate approaches to monitoring Hawaiʻi’s shoreline and supporting implementation of management strategies that support a healthy and balanced relationship between our people and the places we call home. Pelika advocates for Aina Momona, thriving and productive communities, evolving our conservation narrative to be more supportive of indigenous relationships and visions of health within our agencies, organizations, and communities.  Pelika has a varied background in education, research, subsistence hunting and gathering, conservation, and business. She has lectured on topics ranging from traditional marine management, voyaging, Integration in research, Hawaiian plants and their uses, to digital media arts. Pelika holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hawaiian Studies, certificates in Marine Science and Pacific Island Studies from UH Hilo in 2007 and a Master’s Degree in Hawaiian Studies, with an emphasis on conservation and management, from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2011.  

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