Trisha Kehaulani Watson, JD, PhD

CEO and Owner @ Honua Consulting

Dr. Trisha Kehaulani Watson was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu to which she has long ancestral ties. She obtained her degrees from Washington State University and the University of Hawai‘i, Mānoa. Her legal background is in environmental law. Her PhD studies focused on indigenous epistemologies and traditional natural resource management. She previously worked in administration at the University of Hawai‘i on special projects related to culture and research issues. In 2004, she founded her own consulting company, Honua Consulting (, which focuses on biocultural resource planning and management in Hawai‘i. Today, it is the largest 100% Hawaiian woman owned resource management firm in Hawai‘i. She’s a recognized leader in conservation and cultural resource management and uses her expertise to help communities manage natural and cultural resources in a manner that employs traditional and sustainable practices. She sits on numerous community boards and advisory councils locally and nationally, dedicating much of her time to volunteering with BIPOC led or BIPOC serving groups. This includes serving as Vice President for ‘Āina Momona, a Native Hawaiian led community organization she helped to found in 2017 on the rural island of Moloka‘i (