Lokai has had experience with grassroots, nonprofit work all of her life. Growing up, she spent much of her time at Hoʻoulu ʻĀina, a 100-acre nature preserve, in the back of Kalihi Valley. Also, her grandfather was a pastor for KEY Project, a community center in Kahaluʻu. These are places where Lokai calls home, where individuals from keiki to kūpuna gather to hold connection to past, present & future, build relationships with community and culture, and honor our land and ancestors.
Lokai graduated from UH Mānoa in 2020 with a BA in Hawaiian Studies & Hawaiian Language. She aspires to use her upbringing and experience to bring the ideals and values of ʻāina-based, community-centered work to everything she does.
In addition to this, Lokai is passionate about ʻāina-based education, Hawaiian mele & oli, lāʻau lapaʻau, and native practices around birth and midwifery. When sheʻs not advocating for community or holding loving, transformative space in virtual workshops with OSF, sheʻs spending time with her grandparents or her 6 younger siblings.