Raised on the waters of Oʻahu, Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua is a Kanaka Maoli who works as a professor of Political Science. Her books include The Seeds We Planted: Portraits of a Native Hawaiian Charter School; A Nation Rising: Hawaiian Movements for Life, Land and Sovereignty; Nā Wāhine Koa: Hawaiian Women for Sovereignty and Demilitarization, and the Value of Hawaiʻi series. In 2019, Noelani was awarded the UH Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching and the Dr. Amefil Agbayani Faculty Diversity award. Dedicated to aloha ʻāina and Native Hawaiian and Indigenous education, she serves on the boards of the Kamehameha Schools, the Kānehūnāmoku Voyaging Academy, and MAʻO Organic Farms. She loves learning alongside her three kids, her life partner, and her extended ʻohana.