Kuhea was born and raised on the island of O‘ahu and is a graduate of Leilehua High School and the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Family Resources. Appointed Maui County Environmental Coordinator by Mayor Charmaine Tavares in 2007, she is responsible for carrying out the Mayor’s environmental priorities, delivering testimony for critical legislation, serving as a liaison between the Mayor’s Office and the community, addressing constituent concerns, and representing the Mayor on several boards and committees. As an active member of the conservation community since 1990, she has facilitated environmental education and outreach programs and events for The Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i, Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission, ‘Ola‘a-Kilauea Partnership, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Hakalau Forest National Wildlife Refuge, U.S. Army Garrison, Hawai‘i - Pohakuloa Training Area, and the Hawai‘i Department of Education. Kuhea has also dedicated significant volunteer time to organizations, such as the Sierra Club High School Hikers Program, A Day on Lake Wilson, Kaho‘olawe Island Reserve Commission, Midway Atoll, Community Work Day Program, Hawai‘i Nature Center and many others.