Kapalai’ula de Silva (Treasurer) was born and raised in Kaʻōhao, Oʻahu, the daughter of composer/historian/educator Kihei de Silva and Kumu Hula Mapuana de Silva. She is a lifelong member and a recent Kumu Hula graduate of her family’s Hālau Mohala ʻIlima.She holds a Bachelor’s degree in both Hawaiian Language and Music as well as a Graduate Certificate in Professional Accounting, all from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
While studying at the University, Kapalai’s passion for and commitment to the advancement of her native language and culture was nurtured and solidified. She worked for four years with Hoʻolaupaʻi, a project dedicated to making the entire treasury of Hawaiian language newspapers available online in a word-searchable format.
Kapalai is currently employed by Kamehameha Schools as a Hawaiian Resource Specialist with their Extension Educational Services Division. Kapalai is also an active member of many community groups within her hometown of Kailua. One such group is Kailua Kau a Ho’oilo, comprised of recognized Hawaiian descendants from Kailua, Oʻahu who care for ʻiwi kupuna in the ahupuaʻa.