Luka Zavas

Luka has graduated from UH Mānoa with both her BS and MEM from the Department of Natural Resource and Environmental Management within the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources. A local of ʻĀhuimanu, Kahaluʻu, Oʻahu, her love for ʻāina (land that feeds us) has been the root for her journey from the dry-land forests of Waimea Valley to the coastal wetlands of Keawāwa, Maunalua. Her field work and Master's capstone has looked into how the creation of stories, between people and place, is important for fostering a reciprocal relationship that will encourage communities to create space for cohabitation. Luka has worked as a conservation land specialist and ʻāina educator, finding her passion in helping communities connect and in turn create their own stories with the place that they call home.