Kelley Lehuakeaopuna Uyeoka was born and raised in Kailua, Oʻahu and now resides in Hakalau, Hawaiʻi. She traces her ʻohana lineage to the ʻāina of Puna and Kohala, Hawaiʻi Island and Kīpahulu and Haneoʻo, Maui. Kelley graduated from Kamehameha Schools, Kapālama, then received her B.A. in Cultural Anthropology and Pacific Island Studies from UH Hilo. In 2009, she received her Master’s in Applied Archaeology and a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation from UH Mānoa. Kelley is a founder and Executive Director of Huliauapaʻa, a non-profit organization that currently serves as the backbone organization for the Kaliʻuokapaʻakai Collective. She is also a founding partner of Nohopapa Hawaiʻi, LLC a Cultural Resource Management social enterprise.