“Ho‘onani I ka Makua Mau.”
Praise God from whom all blessings flow.
Born in Kalihi, Mahealani Harris was raised in Lanikai, O‘ahu and is a graduate of Kamehameha Schools. She returned after forty two years of living in Santa Barbara, California to Hawai‘i and resides in Waimanalo on the island of O‘ahu.
In the past decade, she authored six novels, Lanikai, Lanikai Flowers, Kahala Sun, Children of Kahala Sun, The Waimea Gathering and The Sons of Kamuela, now in the state libraries under her former name, Mahealani Shellabarger. In addition, she co-authored a biography under her present name, featuring one of the beloved Campbell Heirs. Mahealani has also written a collection of poetry with Christian and island themes, an ongoing pastime of hers.
A friend convinced her to run from Santa Barbara for Hawai‘i’s Aha O‘iwi election in 1999 on the 100th anniversary of “The Overthrow”. Mahealani was elected, completely out of her element with all the sovereignty shakers, movers and activists, when Clinton, who was in the mood for giving out apologies, had submitted his Apology Resolution, basically admitting that Hawai‘i had been stolen. The convention’s cause was geared around the concept: “If you stole it, then give it back.” Representing “the Continent,” she flew back and forth for four years, wrote two papers, one on “International Relations” and the other on “Treaties”that went into the convention archives…but they never did “give it back.”
Mahealani has two children who live away: her son Bret Kanani Shellabarger, a Calvary Chapel Pastor in Newbury Park, Californa who just celebrated his 50th Birthday and a daughter, Kaleimomi Owens who lives near Kilauea on the island of Kaua‘i. Between them, they gave her four grandchildren: Keiki‘okalani, Zak Kanani, Sammy Kaikaina and Malia Mahealani.
Honored to be apart of The Musicians,” Mahealani Harris is presently Secretary for Na Mea Ho‘okani and helped write the biographies for the website.