Amy’s ʻohana hails from Paʻalaʻa on Oʻahu island, more commonly known today as Haleʻiwa. She grew up in Hilo on Hawaiʻi island and now lives on the windward side of Oʻahu. Amy is a fluent speaker of the Hawaiian language and is fortunate to have been part of the Hawaiian language movement since the mid-1990’s. Amy recently stepped down from the Executive Director role at the ʻAha Pūnana Leo and has taken on the task of developing a new Broadcast Media initiave as means to further strengthen and normalize the Hawaiian Language. These efforts have also led to the recent establishment of Makauila, Inc. a nonprofit whose mission is aimed directly at creating and disseminating Hawaiian language and culture broadcast media content and Amy is serving as the Executive Director of that entity. Amy is a 1989 graduate of the Kamehameha Schools and received her BBA and BA in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo in 1997 and 2001 respectively and her MBA from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa and her JD from the William S. Richardson School of Law in 2006.