Julianna Rapu-Leong

Julianna was born and raised in Rapa Nui, Chile. Her family immigrated to Hau’ula, Oahu, in pursuit of educational opportunities for herself and her younger brother in the 1990s. After graduating from Punahou School, Julianna earned a BA in Biology from Scripps College, CA. She is married to John Leong and together are blessed with three children: TeAraMa’eha, Heikura Hererangi, and Mataora Taharoa. Julianna feels blessed to be able to invest time in both the Hawaii and Rapa Nui communities.Julianna has a deep love of open spaces and nature. She is a founding member and current Vice President of Pono Pacific Land Management, which in 2001 began providing land owners and conservation agencies with cost-effective land management services. Pono Pacific currently works on/manages over 45,000 acres statewide with offices on Oahu, Hawaii Island, and Molokai.Julianna is also passionate about education and encouraging individuals and communities to thrive. She is a founding member of Kupu, a Hawaii based non-profit whose mission is to “empower youth to serve their communities through character-building, service-learning, and environmental stewardship opportunities that encourage integrity (pono) with God, self, and others.” Kupu partners with over 80 organizations throughout Hawaii. In 2012, Kupu programs provided an average of $2.8 dollars in community benefit for every $1 in cost. The same year, Kupu volunteers logged over 250,000 volunteer hours and provided a total benefit to Hawaii of $8.8 million dollars.