Lanakila is a Kānaka Maoli, Filipino, Irish, and Scottish son of Hāmākua, Honokaʻa on Hawai‘i Island. After graduating from Kanu O Ka ‘Āina NCPCS, Lanakila became an educator in Hawaiʻi public schools.
For well over a decade, he has provided Hawaiian cultural education to Hawaiʻi's youth from Pre-K through 12th grade as well as sharing with many colleges local and abroad.
Responding to the growing demand for learning by the community, he founded the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua (HCCOH) in 2014, and continues to serve as its Executive Director and head instructor.
Through the HCCOH, Lanakila continues to provide cultural education to local schools, and to communities across the pae ʻāina and internationally.
Lanakila has also been an integral alakaʻi (leader) and kiaʻi (protector) of Maunakea, and has assumed the kuleana of continuing to unify the people of Hawai'i through cultural revival & education.
Lanakila is devoted to Hawaiʻi, and remains committed to protecting and reviving the health of ʻāina and Hawaiʻi’s communities.