Anuhea was born and raised in Kealakekua and graduated from Konawaena High School in 2011. After high school, Anuhea attended school at Pacific University in Oregon, receiving financial support from many community scholarship funds including AAUW Honolulu. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and then her master’s degree in Social Work. Finally, in 2019, Anuhea returned to Kona to be closer to family and serve the community that nurtured her. She was ecstatic to accept a Direct Service Specialist position with Liliʻuokalani Trust as the mission of the organization was in alignment with her personal values and passion for working with youth. In 2020, the Trust and many other agencies were challenged to continue providing services to vulnerable populations across the state. Anuhea was recognized by coworkers and executive leadership for her diligence when she received the Innovation Award. In 2021, she also completed the Promising Minds Fellowship Program, certifying her as an Infant and Family Specialist.
Now, to continue on her bright career trajectory, Anuhea is in the final stages of applying for her License of Clinical Social Work (LCSW). The AAUW Honolulu Branch is providing funding to help tackle this goal. Earning her LCSW will propel Anuhea’s career forward by preparing her for future leadership roles and eventually, the opportunity to provide clinical supervision to up and coming clinicians.
“I’m extremely grateful to have garnered the support of the AAUW Honolulu Branch multiple times in my educational and professional endeavors. I’m so excited to take this next step in my career free of financial burden. Mahalo AAUW!”