About Makana

Makana was born and raised in Nānākuli, Oʻahu.  He currently resides in Papakōlea where he lives with his extended family and takes care of his mother, who is a janitor and a homemaker, and father who is a retired ironworker.

Makana has served as a farmer and a fisherman, as a teacher, campus minister, and lab specialist, as Vice Chair of ‘Aha 2016, and currently as President of the Prince Kūhiō Hawaiian Civic Club.

Makana attended Nānākuli Elementary and Kamehameha Schools and graduated from:

  • The Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering
  • Graduate Theological Union and the Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara with a Masters in Philosophy and Theology
  • University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law with a J.D.
Makana uses his education and experience to work across the islands as an entrepreneur, consultant, former advisor to the Hawai‘i Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, and now as a respected research analyst for the Iron Workers Stabilization Fund.

From the Candidate

“I am deeply grateful to my community which fed me, raised me, and sent me far from home to gain knowledge and professional skillsets.  I am also grateful to the previous generations that sacrificed, battled, and survived so that all of us could arrive at this moment in our history.  I believe it is now my kuleana to use my skills and experience to work for the betterment of the Native Hawaiian community and all who call Hawai‘i home.”

~ Makana Paris

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