Kalani was born and raised on Hawaiʻi and calls Keaukaha, Hilo his home. Kalani graduated from Kamehameha Schools in 2002 and entered UH Mānoa as a Global Environmental Science major, but eventually graduated with a BA in Hawaiian Studies as he concentrated on traditional Hawaiian natural resource management. Kalani has traveled to New Zealand, Central America, Japan, India and the United States as a representative for Hawaiian culture and nationalism. As a Hawaiʻi longline fishery observer with NOAA & the National Marine Fisheries Service, Kalani has accumulated more than 300 sea days aboard swordfish and tuna commercial fishing vessels. This experience urged him to obtain a degree in Marine Science from UH Hilo to further understand the complexities of our relationship with our marine environment. Kalani is currently involved in the Marine Fellowship Program with The Nature Conservancy Hawaiʻi. He is focusing on effectively integrating traditional, place-based management and contemporary conservation practices to develop innovative approaches to natural resource management in Hawaiʻi.