Mahea's life began in Hilo, and has also lived in Illinois, Wai‘anae and Hālawa, Moloka‘i. She is a graduate of Kamehameha Class of ’73.
Mahea and her husband, Glenn, have been married for 40 years; they have three children and nine marvelous mo’opuna. Mahea started with the Trust in 1996, with a focus on Hawaiian families’ management of water, cultural sites and loʻi kalo. She received an MSW from UH-Mānoa Distance Education in 2010. Mahea enjoys relaxing while doing genealogy and title research, tending to her plants, fruit trees and five rescued dogs. Lately she has been playing with vanilla and other orchids. Mahea loves to travel, especially in Hawai‘i nei, because she believes the Apache ‘ōlelo noeau “Wisdom sits in places” - Places are like water to refresh us when we use their maoli names and remember what happened there long ago.