Pua is humbled to call Moku o Keawe, his ancestral home. His father’s kupuna flows from Waipi‘o Valley while his mother’s kupuna rises up from Ka‘ū Mākaha. Born in Hilo and raised in Waiohihu, Keaukaha, and ‘Āinakō, he was raised by his mother and grandmother to malama the ‘ohana, perpetuate the culture, and aloha ke Akua. Married to Gloria Alohiwailani Duvauchelle of Kaua‘i, he is the proud father of five beautiful daughters (‘Alohiwailani, Kailani, Kaua‘i, Kanoenani, Kiana), and one son (Kāhili). He received his law degree (J.D.) from Gonzaga University School of Law, Washington, an undergraduate degree (B.A.) with minors in Business and Economics from the University of Hawai‘i, and an associate’s degree (A.S.) in Electricity from Hawai‘i Community College.
Pua is currently a Land Management Coordinator with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (http://oha.org/), with kuleana over Waokeleopuna, a 25,855 acre tropical rainforest in Puna, Hawai'i. He is a director of Kūkulu Business Resources (http://www.kukulu.co/), a Native Hawaiian corporation that provides culturally competent business assessment and consultation services.