Aloha ‘oukou! My name is Mahealani Mahiai Austin and I was born and raised in Palolo Valley. I come from the Mahiai ‘ohana that resided near the entrance of Punchbowl Cemetery in the 1960s. I’m a graudate of Kamehameha Schools Class of 2001 and from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa Class of 2018 with a Master’s in Social Work. I’m blessed to serve as the Program Coordinator for Papakōlea’s Kūpuna Community Care Network.
I’ve been married for over five years to my sweet and supportive husband, Peter Austin, and I have two sons, Kayden and Obed. Kayden graduated from Roosevelt High School and Obed currently attends Kamehameha Preschool. We reside in Makiki and attend New Hope Town at Roosevelt where I serve as the Children’s Ministry Director. It has been amazing to serve the community through our church. I love Jesus, I love to serve, I love pigs, hiking, Hilo lychee, Hawaiian culture and research, and spending time with my ‘ohana. I am truly blessed and thankful for this exciting opportunity to do what I love and to serve this beautiful community! Mahalo piha!