Tiare was born in Kula and raised in Lahaina. She graduated from Lahainaluna High School in 2000 and has lived Upcountry ever since. She currently works as a full time community organizer for the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action.
Tiare is a graduate of both the Ka Ipu Kukui leadership program (2010) and the Hawaiʻi Alliance for Progressive Action’s inaugural Kuleana Academy (2016). She has been recognized for her community leadership by the Sierra Club (ʻĀina Warrior award), the Ama Olukai Foundation (Ed Lindsey “Aloha” award), and the Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau (as one of Maui’s next-generation leaders in its “Maui Mavericks” PR campaign).
Tiare has been an active community member and leader for many years. She is a perpetual advocate for good causes, testifying before boards and commissions on issues important to Maui and organizing support for those in need. Her recent efforts includes:
Raising awareness and testifying against the use of seawalls to harden our shorelines
Advocating for a ban on the use of certain pesticides at Hawaiʻi schools
Organizing and promoting the restoration of loʻi in Kahoma Valley
Organizing and volunteering for donation drives in support of families affected by the recent Hanalei flooding and Kilauea eruption
Promoting and assisting with community work days to restore the ʻauwai system in Waiheʻe Valley following signifiant storm damage
Advocating for the restoration of stream flow throughout Maui to allow for restoration of healthy ecosystems and traditional agricultural practices
In addition to being an active community member who is on the forefront of social, environmental, and economic justice on Maui, Tiare is a mother of two and an avid ocean athlete and cultural practitioner. Her children and her love for Maui are what motivate and ground her.
This is Tiare’s second campaign for the State House District 12 seat. She narrowly lost as a first time candidate in 2016, but the numerous endorsements (HSTA, Local 5, Patsy T. Mink PAC, Sierra Club, Planned Parenthood) and strong community support she received were huge motivations for her to come back even stronger this year.
Tiare humbly requests your vote and support in the upcoming election. Mahalo!