Pacific Aquaculture & Coastal Resources Center
University of Hawai‘i at Hilo
1079 Kalanianaole St.
Hilo, Hawaii 96720
Pelika Andrade is a native Hawaiian born and raised on the island of Kaua'i. She has been living and working on the Big Island for the past 18 years and has a long history with the coastal communities of West Hawai‘i, first as a crew member of the voyaging canoe Makali‘i and later as a researcher conducting shoreline monitoring along the North Kona and South Kohala shorelines. She has been involved with many organizations and projects working to better our environment through conservation efforts and lifestyle changes. For the past five years, she has been developing alternate approaches to monitoring Hawaiʻi’s shoreline and supporting implementation of a management strategy that supports healthy, balanced communities in Hawai‘i.
Pelika has transitioned from the Keaholoa STEM Scholars Program at UH Hilo after serving as the program coordinator for the last four years. Her work there supported undergraduates in STEM research and field experience building strong foundations in our future scientist, managers, and community leaders.
Pelika has a varied background in education, research, fishing, conservation, and business. She has lectured on topics ranging from traditional marine management, voyaging, Integration in research, Hawaiian plants and their uses, to digital media arts. Pelika holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Hawaiian Studies, certificates in Marine Science and Pacific Island Studies from UH Hilo in 2007 and a Master’s Degree in Hawaiian Studies, with an emphasis on conservation and management, from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa in 2011.