'Ahu 'ula and haka of Pua's Tutu Man, Kalaniʻōpuʻu
Pua was born in Hilo, and raised in Waiohinu Ka'u, Keaukaha Hilo, and Kaumana Hilo. He is a direct descendant of Kalaniopu'u (9-generations) and can trace his genealogy to the first inhabitants of Hawaii who arrived in Kalae (South Point) Ka‘u. He was raised by goodly parents (Herbert & Mona) and taught by his mother and grandmothers to love ke Akua, be proud to be Hawaiian, aloha kanaka, and malama the aina. He graduated from DeSilva Elementary, Hilo Intermediate, and Hilo High School. During his intermediate and high school years he worked with his father who was an electrical contractor. After high school and a year of collage he served a self-financed two-year church mission to Chicago, Illinois. After serving an honorable mission he returned home and married his High school sweetheart Gloria Duvauchelle (KS 75) of Kauai.
Pua and Gloria were soon blessed with 5-beautiful daughters, Alohi, Kailani, Kauai, Kanoe, and Kiana. During this period Pua was employed as an electrician and realtor associate, and starting several small business. He also continued his higher education obtaining an Associate’s Degree in Electricity and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business and Economics. After creating and managing several successful business including Physiques, the largest health and fitness center on Hawai‘i Island, Pua and Gloria decided to return to school. They uprooted their young family from Hilo and moved to Washington to attend Gonzaga University. Pua entered law school while Gloria entered the master’s program in psychology.
After graduation, Pua and Gloria returned to Hilo. Shortly after returning home tragedy struck when Kailani, the 2nd oldest, passed away in a car accident. But, ke Akua is good, 9-months later, Pua and Gloria were blessed with their 6th child, Kahili (their first and only son). During this period, Pua helped to support his family with a variety of jobs including Hawai‘i County Corporation Counsel, State of Hawai‘i Department of Health, and Big Island Substance Abuse Council. He also followed his entrepreneurial spirit establishing and operating several small businesses.
As a child and youth Pua was taught to be pono (balanced, mentally, physically, and spiritually), this also included giving back to the community. After returning from Washington, Pua served his community in various capacities including continued membership in the Royal Order of Kamehameha, girls canoe coach, and creating and coordinating the annual Kamehameha Festival (a state-wide cultural event).
Pua currently works as a Land Agent with the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) and was previously employed by the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) as Hawaii Island land manager. In addition, he is the CEO of Kukulu Business Consultants and Black Koa Action Wear, two companies that he created in 2009 and 2014. He is also a Co-Founder of the Aloha Aina Party, that became an official political party in Hawaii in 2020. The first Hawaiian Political Party in over 108 years. Pua enjoys attending church, spending time with his family, learning and practicing the Hawaiian culture, and helping and supporting his community.
Pua's ʻohana, l-r: Kanoe, Gloria, Pua, Kahili, Kiana, Kauai, and Alohi. Absent from photo is Pua's 2nd oldest daughter Kailani, who returned to ke Akua at the age of sixteen, nine months before Kahili was born.
Not shown are Pua's 13 grandchildren: Hania, Tehya, Teegan, Nyah, Kiyomi, Aiyana, Miya, Keahunui, Kekai, Lillee, Milah, Kahekau, and Kailani.