Communication and Tech Specialist & Program Coordinator
Lilia Merrin was born and raised in Wailua, Puna, Kauaʻi. She has her BA in Hawaiian Studies (with a minor in Hawaiian Language), and in 2019, she received her Masters in Hawaiian Studies with a focus on Mālama ʻĀina (Cultural Resource Management) from the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. Since her participation in the 2014 Mālama ʻĀina Field School, she has assisted with the Wahi Kūpuna Internship Program and has work as a field assistant on Nihoa and Mokumanamana of the Papahānaumokuākea National Monument. Lilia has also served as the lead Graduate Assistant at Kamakakūokalani Center for Hawaiian Studies at UH Mānoa under Jon Osorio, Kekai Perry and Lilikalā Kameʻeleihiwa, and has interned with Bishop Museum’s Anthropology Department, Kamehameha Schools Natural and Cultural Resource Division, and Office of Hawaiian Affairs Land Assets Division. She now works with Nohopapa Hawaiʻi as a Cultural Research Specialist as well as a WKIP Instructor and Communications Officer for Huliauapaʻa.