Kaimanamalie Lee Brummel was born and raised in Wailuku, Maui. She attended the Hawaiian language immersion school until 8th grade then graduated from Seabury Hall. A volleyball scholarship took Kaimana to Washington, DC where she attended The George Washington University. After graduating with a BA in International Affairs and Geography, Kaimana did graduate work at UH Manoa in Geography.
Upon moving back to Maui in late 2008, Kaimana immediately began working as the executive director of Hawaiian Canoe Club. In addition to a successful competitive paddling program, HCC runs the Hawaiian Kamalii Summer Enrichment Program. The blending of Hawaiian culture, canoe paddling, and excursions throughout Maui Nui (Maui, Lana'i, Moloka'i, and Kaho'olawe) makes the Kamali'i Program one-of-a-kind.
Kaimana lives in Pakalani with her husband Aaron. She enjoys canoe paddling, volunteering, coaching and CrossFit.