Moanilei was born and raised in Honolulu.
An alumni of Kamehameha Schools, she went on to attend Hawaii Pacific University, where she graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communications and a minor in film studies. Moani is a member of the American Society of Administrative Professionals and holds 13 years of office administrative experience with PBS Hawaii and Abe Lee Realty, as well as a strong retail background - managing wholesale, brick & mortar, and online stores. As a side job, for six years Moani also owned and operated her own wedding coordination company.
After hours, Moani enjoys spending her time with her husband, their son and their pet parrot. Some of her favorite activities span from wine tasting, yoga and pilates, to hitting up local indie rock shows. In her more youthful years, Moani was a competitive swimmer and also completed the Lanikai Sprint Triathlon.