Kumu Jewelynn Kirkland » Aloha Kākou e Na Haumana a me Mākua

Aloha Kākou e Na Haumana a me Mākua

Welina me ke Aloha Kākou!!!!
     I began my life in the Moku of Waiʻanae and the Ahupua`a of Lualualei. I was named, Jewelynn Kapuamohala Yun Lun Lee.  I was born to Haʻakoʻilani Kauahikaua and Allan Robert Lin (Hoon Hook) Lee. Within a couple years we moved to the Kona Moku in the Ahupuaʻa of Kahauiki for 5-6 years. Moved to Waiʻanae Moku in the Ahupua`a of Mākaha for 4 years then the Ahupua`a of Nānākuli amongst our hoʻopulapula. I resided there for 8 years until I l went to Marymount Palos Verdes College (MPVC) in Palos Verdes, CA.
     While attending MPVC I lived in San Pedro, CA. Several of us came from Hawaiʻi together so that was comforting. What a change ... I was quickly mistaken for Mexican, in Safeway they asked for my Passport when I said I was from Hawaiʻi ... AUWE!!! My neighbor, a Kamanawa, went to the same school we lived together in condominiums that the school leased or purchased because MPVC did not have on-campus housing. Graduated from MPVC with an AA in Business Management and moved to Arcata, CA to attend Humboldt State University (HSU).
     While attending HSU I moved 4 times in the city of Arcata, CA. I worked for HSU on campus, hours were 4pm-7am and my responsibility was to make sure the wildlife (quails, pheasants, tortoise, squirrels and several other fowls) and salmonids in the hatchery "made it" through the night and weekends. My second summer, I began working for California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG) with the Ocean Salmon Project and the Albacore project. I started as a Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aide and by the time I knew it I had finished my coursework at HSU with a B.S. Fisheries with an emphasis in Commercial Fisheries and started full time as an Assistant Marine Biologist. Ended my career with CDFG as a Associate Marine Biologist and moved back to Hawaiʻi in March of 1994 (15 years later) married and with a daughter!
      No place like Hawaiʻi! I have been home for 26 years back in the Moku of Wai`anae and the Ahupuaʻa of Nānākuli with our hoʻopulapula. Enjoying my kaiaulu by being part of the education system since 2001 starting at Waipahu High School and eventually migrated to Nānākuli High and Intermediate School. Currently, I am one of two Kumu and an EA who are part of the `A`ali`i Program aka CSAP. The core of our program is understand who we are and our place so we focus on the Mauka to Makai or Ahupuaʻa system  which includes our Watershed.