Mia Waiʻaleʻale “Liʻi” Sarsona
Community Outreach Manager
Mia Waiʻaleʻale “Liʻi” Sarsona was born and raised in Waimānalo, Koʻolaupoko, Oʻahu. Liʻi is a proud graduate of Ke Kula o Samuel Mānaiakalani Kamakau, LPCS class of 2019. She also graduated from Windward Community College with her Associates in Hawaiian Studies and Liberal Arts the same year she graduated high school.
Liʻi holds a Bachelors of Arts in Hawaiian Studies from the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. She is also a recent ʻūniki graduate of Hawaiian healing practices under Ka Pā o Lonopūhā. She is committed to empowering ʻōpio to use their voice as well as uplifting those voices in spaces where ‘ōpio often go unheard.
As of June 2020, she serves as the Alakaʻi of Hui Hoʻoulu Kaiāulu or Community Outreach Mentor and Manager at Mana Maoli. She is honored to be able to give back to the Hawaiian focused charter school community that raised her.
Community Outreach Mentor
Born and raised on the island of O’ahu, Moea grew up in Kaimukī along with her two sisters and brother, later moving to Kāne’ohe in her early teenage years. Moea grew up in a musical and athletic household, and took volleyball at a young age.
After graduating from ‘Iolani School in 2016, she continued her studies and athletic career at Menlo College in Northern California. A small, private business school, she found herself drawn to digital marketing, content creativity, and branding. Moea graduated in 2020 with her Bachelor’s Degree in Business with a focus in Marketing. She continued to live in the Bay Area and then returned back home to Kāne’ohe, O’ahu after connecting with Mana Maoli in 2021.
At Mana Maoli, Moea is a part of Hui Ho’oulu Kaiaulu or the Community Outreach Team. She focuses on the social media side of things as well as communicating with external partners.
Community Outreach Assistant
Anela was born and raised in the city of Kaimukī, surrounded by music.
She found an increased interest in social media and digital marketing, after growing up in beginning of the digital age, and have always had a connection with the Hawaiian culture and wanted to help amplify their voices. With her interest, she then interned with Mana Maoli in 2019, during her first year of college at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa. While interning with the nonprofit, she learned a lot about the Hawaiian culture and people, along with the digital aspects of a company.
Today, she has become a recent graduate from UH Mānoa, earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Arts in Communications and has been with Mana Maoli for almost 4 years, holding the title as Community Outreach Assistant, focusing on the social media and outreach side of the company, while also floating around and doing video and editing work with the Mo’oz.