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Leialoha Benson

Leialoha comes from Pūpūkea on the North Shore of Oʻahu.

She has four sisters, one of whom is her identical twin.  With no sons to pass on his love for the ocean and mountains, her father often packed up his daughters for camping, mountain biking, hiking, surfing and fishing trips.  These adventures sprouted Leialoha’s appreciation for the outdoors, so much so that her high school career assessment directed her to become a forest ranger.  

Returning from serving a church mission in England and Wales, Leialoha decided that social work was a more suitable calling in life.  She received social work degrees from BYU-Hawaiʻi and Eastern Washington University.  She earned her degree of Doctor of Education (Ed.D) from the University of Southern California in 2016.

Leialoha’s interests include watching UH wahine volleyball, 49ers football, and enjoying a good Hallmark movie.  Her happiest memories include paddling outrigger canoes, playing volleyball and hanging out with family.  She has been serving within the Queen’s agency since 2006, and is honored at the opportunity to perpetuate the vision Queen Lili`uokalani had for her people.