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 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.
From the Candidate
~ Makana Paris