Lehua Lopez is a native Hawaiian born and raised in Hawai`i. She received her Master’s degree in cultural anthropology from the University of New Mexico in 1992. She has worked for more than 40 years with nonprofits both in New Mexico and Hawai`i, specializing in Indigenous land, water and culture protection, health care, education, and environmental issues.
Over the last 30 years, Lopez has been a founding president or director for several native and non-native organizations and continues to serve on two native boards of directors. She also continues her work as a professional nonprofit consultant, trainer, and facilitator for organizations in Hawai`i and New Mexico. In her spare time, Lopez teaches Hawaiian culture, a long-time passion and commitment of hers to preserve the knowledge and practices of her ancestors.