Ulalia Woodside holds degrees in political science and Hawaiian studies from the University of Hawai‘i along with a certificate from UH in Hawaiian language and is a trained kumu hula. Her term will begin in mid-January as she succeeds Suzanne Case who was named last year to chair the state Department of Land and Natural Resources.
Woodside, who served as director of natural and cultural resources, was responsible for 200,000 acres of agricultural and conservation lands during her time at Kamehameha Schools. She has also served as vice chair of the Hawai‘i Conservation Alliance Executive Committee (2014-2015), commissioner of the Hawai‘i Natural Area Reserve System Commission (2013-2014), indigenous representative of the Landscape Conservation Cooperative National Council (2013-2015) and chair, executive council, of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (2011-2012). Additionally, she currently serves as a board member of the State Board of Land and Natural Resources and as a member of the steering committee for Hawai‘i Green Growth.