Carolyn Kuali'i is of Native Hawaiian and Mescalero Apache ancestry and had the great fortune to be raised by her maternal grandmother Kaena Kuali'i. She is a graduate of the School of Social Science at University of California, Irvine and has an Executive Leadership Certificate in Principles of Leading Transformational Nonprofit from the University of Norte Dame. In 1993, Carolyn developed one of the first Native HIV case management programs, funded by the Ryan White CARE Act, Special Projects of National Significance. Her work includes: Member of both the State of Hawai'i and California Community Planning Group, board member for the State of Hawaii's Community Health Outreach Work to Prevent AIDS, and in 2002, joined the capacity building team at the National Native American AIDS Prevention Center and in 2006, she helped developed the National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. Carolyn is a consultant and a lifelong advocate for PLWHA.