Nalehua’o Puna Donlin was born and raised in Kaimuki, Oahu. She currently serves as a program specialist for the Center on Disability Studies at the University of Hawaii Mānoa, where she is actively engaged in two important projects: the Postsecondary Support Project and the Nā Hokua Project.

Research Interests

Nalehua’o Puna’s academic interests are deeply rooted in Native Hawaiian and indigenous education, as well as Interdisciplinary Disability and Diversity Studies. Her doctoral dissertation is dedicated to the critical mission of bridging the gap between education, culture, and disability, specifically for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

Ph.D. Track

Educational Foundations

COE Affiliation

Educational Foundations


MS, Kinesiology & Rehabilitation Science Counseling. (2023)
University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, Honolulu, HI

BA, Psychology. (2020)
University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo, Hilo, HI