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Summer K. Keliʻipio


After many failed lemonade stand-type ventures growing up, Summer knew she was best suited to spend her life in service to Hawaii’s communities.  

An internship with the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands in 2001 connected her to the legacy of our aliʻi and she was hooked, and even changed her major from international relationships to political studies and economics to focus more on disenfranchised, disposed subpopulations in the U.S.  Summer completed a Bachelor of Arts at Pitzer College in Claremont, California, and a Master in Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University in New Jersey and promptly returned to O’ahu determined to make a difference. 

Summer has worked at The Queen’s Health Systems, Kamehameha Schools, and is the president of the Princess Kaʻiulani Hawaiian Civic Club.  Her primary areas of work have been in program planning, policy analysis, program evaluation and strategic planning.

On most weekends, she, her husband, and their son Ha’amaika’i can be found watching at least one University of Hawaiʻi athletic event, sometimes two or three.