Born in California, Chris grew up in Maili, O’ahu. He is the oldest of three boys and the joker of the family.
His father was a Machinist’s Mate in the Navy who taught Chris the importance of working hard and being humble. His mother has worked with children all of her life and taught Chris the power of love, grace, and empathy. Both of his parents gave him his sense of humor. When Chris was young he dreamed of being a rock star and film maker, he has recently decided community work is more his calling. Chris attended Pearl City High School and later followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the Navy. Chris served as a Hospital Corpsman with the Marines, he loved it, but he has never been on a ship.
After much encouragement from mentors and a loving future wife, Chris enrolled at Leeward Community College. During his time there he distinguished himself by winning awards for poetry and essay writing. After attending a powerful political science class at LCC, Chris developed a deep desire to work within Hawaiian communities. Chris later graduated with a degree in Psychology with a social work minor from Pepperdine University, where he graduated as the outstanding social work graduate.
All his life his parents, aunties, uncles, and friends have tried to show Chris the importance of service to others and responding to your calling. Chris has done volunteer work in Mexico, South Africa, and Southern California.
When Chris is not working you will find him hanging with his wife at the beach, fishing, or talking story. Chris is a movie buff and a serious reader, he also loves writing and poetry. He tries to live his life by the golden rule.
Aloha ‘āina, aloha ke akua, aloha kekāhi i kekāhi.