ABOUT MOKIHANA MALDONADO
Passion into Action
MOKIHANA MALDONADO is dedicated to the well-being of Hawaiʻi as we collectively envision a thriving island community. Mokihana is committed to running for ʻEwa Beach State Representative in District 41 because she is fueled by her love for West Oʻahu, having been born and raised in Hawai‘i. She is prepared to put her passion into action by advocating for resources and services for the ʻEwa Beach community at the State Capitol as we rebuild from the impacts of COVID-19.
Mokihana’s own childhood cultivated her deep care for youth. She has spent most of her adult life as an educator, working alongside the next generation of young leaders to create a more equitable and sustainable Hawaiʻi. As a child, Mokihana was placed in the foster care system. At age nine she was adopted into the Casey Family Program which allowed her to reflect on and heal from her early life challenges. She went on to graduate with honors from the Academy of the Pacific which strengthened her confidence to pursue higher education. Mokihana now holds an Early Childhood Credential from American Montessori Society, a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UH Mānoa, and a Master’s of Education from Chaminade University. Later, she earned a Certificate from the Hogan Entrepreneurship Program at Chaminade University.
As a firm believer in early childhood education, she has served for more than twelve years as a pre-K-12th grade teacher, counselor, admissions director, advisor, and administrator in California and Hawaiʻi. Mokihana learned the importance of resiliency and integrity while working at the local level at schools, with at-risk youth and their families, with students with disabilities, and with the homeless.
She is also passionate about making a difference on global issues relating to the environment, human rights, and planning for a post-pandemic world through the United Nations Association and Rotary International. Mokihana currently serves as the Young Professional Chair of the Board for the United Nations Association-Hawaiʻi, Honolulu Chapter, a non-profit dedicated to promoting the principles and vital work of the United Nations. Its mission is uniting the world with ALOHA. She further expanded her community service efforts after being crowned Ms. Hawaiʻi America in 2017.
Mokihana has honed the skills of deep listening, strategic planning, fundraising, community mobilizing, innovation, and leadership development as part of her career path to represent District 41 for Hawaiʻi State House of Representatives.
TOGETHER FOR ‘EWA.