Kahealani Lono was born in Frankfurt, Germany, but raised in Kāneʻohe, Koʻolau Poko, Oʻahu. She earned a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Hawaiian language at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. Her master’s thesis titled, “He Mana Ko Ka ʻŌlelo Makuahine” speaks about kūpuna who wrote articles to the Hawaiian language newspaper expressing their concerns about the decline of Hawaiian language and the importance to resist this language shift. While analyzing these articles, it became clear that kānaka maoli came from a genealogy rooted in aloha and the continuance of native identity. Kahealani teaches Hawaiian 101 – 202 and also enjoys teaching the Hawaiian 100 FGB where she meets students from all over the world who are fluent in their mother language. She has recently learned to teach the Haw 100 FGB online and has been an invited instructor for the Summer Bridge Athletics Program.